Summer Staples

White linen trousers are about as summery as it gets. For these, I used a heavy weight off-white linen which holds just the right amount of wrinkles. The pattern came from Burdastyle 11/09, with modifications. I’ve made this pattern a couple of times, and I always like the result.

I wanted belt carriers, but one thing that bugs me about belt carriers is that they always seem unnecessarily bulky. They kind of have to be made with self-fabric, and self-fabric is kind of always heavy, and they kind of always have to consist of 4 layers of fabric. I had a bit of time yesterday, so I played around with another way of doing it by turning in the edges of a long strip (3/4″ wide) of self fabric and another long strip (5/8″ wide) of silk charmeuse, layering them on top of each other, and topstitching. It worked like a dream, and I think this may be how I make my belt carriers from now on.

I faced the hem with a crazy silk print that looks very “now” peeking out at the turnup. I lined the back to a few inches below the crotch with a silk charmeuse in a color that’s somewhat close to my skin tone. This will make the trousers warmer, unfortunately, but it’s necessary with white pants.

Back view


This is the back, inside out. There's a silk charmeuse lining. I faced the waistband with silk taffeta.


cuff detail


Here's the belt loop, backed with silk charmeuse




  1. Posted July 13, 2011 at 10:52 am | Permalink | Reply

    I love your trousers and the belt loops are genius. Great idea!

  2. Posted July 13, 2011 at 11:11 am | Permalink | Reply

    What a lovely pair of pants! And I’m loving the silk charmeuse lining…will have to remember that!

  3. Posted July 13, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Must remember that trick for belt loops – much less bulk.

  4. lynn
    Posted July 14, 2011 at 9:27 am | Permalink | Reply

    Lovely pants, thanks for the tips on the lining and belt loops. Also, thanks for the video on how to make the jacket with holes. I loved that jacket and when I find the right fabric I’m going to give it a try. Hope it turns out as well as yours.

  5. Posted July 14, 2011 at 11:42 am | Permalink | Reply

    Very sharp looking pants! The cuff turnup is clever and I appreciate the belt loop tip.

  6. Posted July 15, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Very nice pants and I like the belt loop idea. I usually serge once edge of the belt loop, so I can fold the other edge under it and end up with only three layers. The charmeuse gives it a nice clean finish, for anyone who might catch a glimpse of the backside of your belt loops!

    • Posted July 16, 2011 at 8:35 am | Permalink | Reply

      That’s a good idea, too! And you’re cracking me up about anyone looking at the backside of my belt loops.

  7. Posted July 18, 2011 at 5:01 am | Permalink | Reply

    What a great pair of pants Claudine, and your tip on the belt loops is going to be used here…

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