New Pattern: Upland Trousers
It’s been a while since I think about wearing clothes that is not sweatpants, t-shirt and sweatshirt. While I love wearing comfy clothing, I also feel that elegant, “go-out” clothes give me a sense of returning to normalcy. Hence, let me introduce you to my latest sewing pattern, the Upland Trousers!
For one week (through April 26, 2021), the Upland Trousers sewing pattern is 20% off. The volume discount still applies—get 15% off your entire cart if your purchase is $20 or more, or 20% off your entire cart if your purchase is $30 or more!
The Upland Trousers are elegant indeed. They are high-waisted trousers that fit through the waist and hip and are relaxed below the hip. That combination of elements has a number of esthetic and fit benefits. First of all, they have elongating effect because of the visual proportion. My tester who is 5’2″ (157 cm) looks like she is 6′ tall. Secondly, the relaxed silhouette below the hip makes fitting the butt much easier.
Many of my testers think that the Upland makes the behind look great!
The Upland has a fly front zipper and double-welt back pockets with loop and button closures. In addition to my step-by-step illustrated instructions, I also created photo tutorials for these techniques (the links are in the pattern). If you take your time and follow the steps carefully, you WILL be able to create beautiful results. Spoiler alert: they are actually not as hard as you think they are!
Another notable stylistic element is that the Upland uses waist facing and not waistband. I think it’s a different look and is equally nice to have in your wardrobe.
Oh, I forgot to mention that the Upland comes in sizes 00 to 40!
Here’s a summary of the Upland Trouser features:
- High rise with waist facing (no waistband)
- Fit through waist and hip and relaxed at thighs and below
- Full length trouser legs with the hem hitting slightly above the ground
- Front slanted pockets
- Back double-welt pockets with loop and button closures
- Designed for non-stretch woven fabric
Now let’s take a look at all the beautiful Upland Trousers that my testers created!
My sincere thanks to these talented testers:
Be sure to get your Upland Trousers pattern while it’s 20% off (only through April 26, 2021)!
Would these work to shorten to crop length?
Hi Rita, yes, you can chop the legs off wherever you see fit.
Wow, these look fabulous. I have a linen blend twill fabric with 2% lycra in them, would it be suitable still?
Hi Julie, I think they will be big with a fabric with stretch. If the fabric only has horizontal stretch, I would go down a size or two, and then lengthen at the lengthen/shorten lines (mostly above the crotch). If the fabric has 4-way stretch, I’d just go down 2 sizes and not worry bout lengthening. How many sizes to go down depends on the amount of stretch.
Wondering about the material. If the fabric has a 10% stretch can it still be used? If so should a different size be used? I have a couple cuts of beautiful trouser material but it has just a slight amount of stretch in it. Would look beautiful with this pattern.
Also, Can you add belt loops/tabs? Will the waist design allow for them?
Thank you for another great pattern!
Hi Kathy, I think they will be big with a fabric with stretch. If the fabric only has horizontal stretch, I would go down a size or two, and then lengthen at the lengthen/shorten lines (mostly above the crotch). If the fabric has 4-way stretch, I’d just go down 2 sizes and not worry bout lengthening. How many sizes to go down depends on the amount of stretch. Yes, you can add belt loops.
Great. Thank you for the reply Kennis. In my minds eye I already have several fabrics from my stash picked out to make these. I can see this trouser becoming a work wear staple! Again, thanks for the great pattern.
Wondering if there is elastic attached at waistband where the pocket flap waistband (not sure what it is called) tucks behind the front waistband? If so how much room is added by this hidden stretch? Love the looks of these pants and plan to purchase once I’m sure of the hidden waist expansion. I carry my weight in my waist area.
Hi Vicki, yes, the front and back rise are provided in the pattern.
Hi Vicki, I think you mean the waist facing? There is a clear elastic, but it is to control the undesirable stretch (because the waist line is on the bias). It is not to provide any addition room. The finished waist circumference is the same as the body waist circumference; that means there’s no ease at the waist at all.
If you need a waist adjustment you can add the inner button elastic for adjustment. You just make the inner facing open at the side seam and then feed the button elastic through the ‘casing’ that is created from sewing the facing down. Then where the ends of the button elastic comes out you sew a button on the inner waist band facing. That way you can snug up the waist if needed. This works really well if you are in the process of loosing weight. You get extra wear from your pants which otherwise would need to be given away because the waist is too big. Unfortunately it does not allow for expansion.
Great pattern! I was looking for information on the height of the front and back rise, as high rise is often too high for me. Do you have this information available?
You can always adjust the height of the ride to suit your body. It’s what I do as I’m only 5ft.
I meant the rise