Clyde Work Pants
Last year, when Elizabeth Suzann unfortunately shut shop because of COVID, the owner made their pattern files freely available for a period as part of the #ESMadebyMe movement (essentially, eff capitalism). They asked that non-black people who downloaded the files to donate to a black led organisation. It’s such a generous gesture.
If you missed it, the pattern is now available for purchase on the ES studio website.
I downloaded the Clyde work pants pattern and finally made a wearable toile using this very loud banksia mid-weight cotton from Nerida Hansen Textile. The original pattern that I downloaded didn’t come with instructions, but these are easy enough to figure out. There are also plenty of tutorials out there if you need a bit of handholding. This pattern is a quick sew, it took me just 3.5 hours to cut the fabric and sew them together.
I made a straight size 4 in regular length and used 1.5m of this 138cm wide fabric. I would shorten the front crotch slightly next time, but these are not fitted plants, I think I can live with a little bit of excess fabric on the front. The length is perfect and the pockets are massive, just how I like them 🙂
The pants called for 5cm wide elastic for the waistband which I had in my stash (don’t ask me why). For the elastic, I cut an equal length as my waist measurement and allowed it to overlap by an inch. I also top stitched the waistband to avoid the elastic from rolling.
As the weather is changing, I got a bit excited and styled these pants for both warm and cool days for this post! For a summery look, I paired them with a Closet Core Cielo Top and Birki slides. For winter, they go perfectly with my Fibre Mood Tara Jumper and sneakers.
Pretty happy with my wearable toile version, for my “real” pair, I’ll probably make them in a heavy weight linen or mid weight denim.