I’ve had my dream pants pattern in mind for a while now. They would be slim fitting with a little stretch. Perfectly casual in a cotton twill, or professional and chic in stretch suiting. The kind of pants that make every outfit feel polished and pulled together, whether paired with fancy heels or comfortable brogues. You know. Desert island pants. TNT pants. Holy grail pants.
I think our new Sasha Trousers are those pants. Destined to become your new can’t-live-without-them bottoms, they are based on the same great fitting block as our best-selling Ginger Jeans. Featuring a comfy mid-rise, contour waistband, and slim, tapered leg in two lengths, they’re our modern answer to the classic cigarette pant question.
View A is a full-length pant with a classic slashed pocket and tummy slimming pocket stay, holding all your bits in place. Add single welt pockets along the back for a classic trouser detail; ours have a totally clean finish on the inside, and are surprisingly fun to sew.
I love the proportion of our slim waistband, while darts in the back help create shaping at the waist. We’ve added buttons to our welt pockets, but they can also be left off for a cleaner, more minimal look.
View B is a breeze to make. We’ve omitted all the bells and whistles for a simple cropped trouser; even the most beginner of sewists could tackle these pants with confidence. Add a pressed crease along the length of the leg for a crisp, polished detail.
As I mentioned last week, we slightly updated our Ginger pattern (you can read more about that here). Those changes are present in our Sasha Trousers; Sasha fits similarly through the waist and hip, although the waistband is more contoured. Since Sasha is meant to be slim fitting with some negative ease, it’s important to choose a fabric with enough stretch. We recommend fabrics with at least 20% crosswise stretch, or a minimum of 2% lycra. Since stretch wovens differ widely, I highly suggest basting the sides seams before trying on your final pant; you may find they need to be taken in or let out slightly depending on the stretch in the fabric.
While we’re not doing a full sewalong for this pattern (partly because the instructions are some of our most exhaustively written to date) we will be covering all the tricky bits in the coming month, including fabric selection and tutorials on sewing the welts, slash pockets, fly front zipper and waistband. I am also planning an epic pants fitting post. If this is something that makes you nervous, I’ll be providing loads of resources to make this as painless as possible. In my experience, stretch woven pants are much easier to fit than non-stretch, so this will be a great pattern to dip your toe into pants-making.
I am sooooo excited about this pants pattern! I’ve got two pairs nearly finished for myself so I’ll finally have some alternatives to jeans this fall. I’ve frequently felt the absence of a dressier pant in my life, and I know Sasha will be the thing I reach for whenever I want to feel a little more pulled together. I know this is a pattern many of you have requested, so we hope you’re as jazzed as we are about this release!
ps. This pattern is named after Sasha, who writes the ever inspiring blog Secondo Piano. With the fastidiousness of a craftsperson and the sharp eye of a designer, Sasha has an utterly original sense of cool, tailored style that makes us want to move to Italy and learn all we can from her.