Hi everyone, hope you’re all keeping well. It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? What a year this is! I’ve been (mostly) OK, creating still, just cutting down my social media time, including blogging though I wasn’t planning to go on hiatus for this long. But it’s a crazy year, so I’m allowing myself more freedom and concentrate on my own growth as person rather than worrying about the growth of my blog and Instagram. Anyways, it’s good to be back.
Now, today I want to share with you one of the projects I finished while in lockdown. This is the Eve trousers from Merchant and Mills.
Since lockdown happened, I notice a change in my sewing project preference. I seem to want to sew baggy and comfy garments. I was planning on making another pair of jeans, even bought the fabric, but my heart tells me I want loose garments and linen, so here we are.
The Eve pattern is a very simple trousers pattern. It has two back pockets, lapped zip on one side, no side seam pockets, tapered legs, and simple waistband. There are darts in the front and the back. This project was quite easy and quick, the only challenging bit to me was installing the zipper – completely botched it but I’m not in the mood for redoing the zip (for the millionth time!). I wish I’d gone with invisible zipper instead. Oh well, not the end of the world, you live and learn, right?
The fabric I used is 230gsm enzyme washed linen. It is opaque and quite sturdy for sewing bottoms. I chose dusky rose, this colour is so lovely. I found Gütermann Sew All colour 568 to be the exact match. I really love this fabric, it is easy to cut and sew, and comfortable to wear. It has a little bit of structure to it. I have made two other garments with this fabric in two different colours; yellow mustard and green (olive). I can’t get enough of this fabric!
I purchased the PDF pattern for this, they do offer paper pattern too. Originally I cut size 14 based on my measurements (31” waist, 39” hips), but I found that I had 2 inches of extra room around the waist – that’s after factoring in ease too. So I took in ½ of an inch from each seam (centre front, back, and both sides). I would’ve been ok with size 12, but since this was my first time making this pattern, I am glad I went with larger size. Another alteration I need for the next version is to shorten the crotch by ¾ of an inch at least, currently it is too low for my liking.
I decided to go with French seam for the inseams, and zigzag finish for the side seams. I also moved the zipper to the right, I find it awkward zipping/unzipping with my left hand. I didn’t change the length, so my pair is full length instead of cropped – I’m 5’2”. The waistband is made out of one long rectangular piece of fabric, folded. To be honest, I’m not really loving that, but it does go with the simplicity (no side pockets!) and aesthetics of the pattern. I finished the exposed waistband with bias tape as I wanted a cleaner finish than zigzag stitches. I also purchased wrong size zipper, I bought an 8” one instead of 7”, but it didn’t really matter in the end.
The instructions are quite clear and concise, which I like, with illustrations too. I love how the pattern includes allowance and guidance for fitting if this was the first time you’re making the trousers. The fabrics that are recommended are linens, denims, and corduroys. I actually have bought corduroy to make second version of Eve, with some tweaks in mind.
All in all, I love this pattern and I love wearing these trousers! They’re the ultimate comfort without the bulk-look of elasticated waistband. The relaxed fit is definitely my jam. I love the simplicity, as well as the potential of this pattern. Merchant and Mills made a sample in green cord and I just had to make myself a pair for Autumn. I bought a couple more of their patterns, so it’s very likely you’ll see more of MM patterns in the coming posts.
I hope this post helped you if you’re thinking of getting this pattern, or in any way inspire you to get your sewing machine whirring again. I know I struggle a bit with my sew-jo this year.
Thank you for reading, see you again soon.