There’s a funny story about these Tencel trousers. About five years ago I did a raw food cleanse and continued to follow a really healthy regime for a while, which led me to lose quite a bit of weight. I went from a UK size 12 to an 8 to 10. Whilst shopping one day, I stumbled across these gorgeous wide-legged Tencel trousers. It was the fabric I loved, and, because I was watching The Great British Sewing Bee at the time, I figured I’d buy the biggest pair I could find and then cut them up and create a dress out of them. If you’re anything like me, you might often get these silly ideas in your head every once in a while (!). So I bought the size 42 (probably a UK 12 to 14) and promptly put them in the cupboard and never did anything with them, except take them out occasionally, have a look at them and think, “one day I’ll make you into a dress!”.
A few weeks ago, when our new sofa arrived, I needed to clear out the cupboard with my old bits of fabric in it. When I took the Tencel trousers out, I wondered if they’d fit me now. I really didn’t want them to—but I really did at the same time lol. They are a gorgeous pair of trousers…
Anyway, as you can see, they clearly fit me around the hips and bottom. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), they are quite large around the waist. But as long as I wear something long to cover it, they actually look pretty good! I don’t know if I’m happy about it though!
The Tencel trousers are also way too long. On this occasion (dinner with our neighbour pals), I wore a pair of platforms, but I think I’ll have to hem them to a better length because I’d love to wear them with trainers. Perhaps, while I’m at it, I’ll adjust the waist too! But my sewing skills aren’t as good as I wish they were. We’ll see.
As for the rest of my outfit, I’m wearing a yellow t-shirt from Massimo Dutti’s summer sale. I really wish they’d have had more colours though because I love it. The Tencel trousers were from Modalfa (kind of like the Portuguese version of Asda’s George), my shoes were a gift from Michael quite a few years ago and were from some designer I’d never actually heard of (and can no longer remember!), the handbag was from Zara last year, and the necklace? Yes, you’ve guessed it, a gift from MIL lol!
Do you ever buy items of clothing for the fabric? With intentions to chop it up? If so, do you actually succeed?
By the way, in cases you’re wondering what size I actually am now. I’m a 10-12 (Eur 38)
Love the style of these trousers, Suzy. I bet they go with lots of thing’s 🙂
Thanks Claire! I think they might do. I just need to hem them because they’re ridiculously long! It bugs me why shops sell such long trousers!
I have a 3/4 sleeve light sweatshirt in that same yellow and I love the color. I occasionally get my mom to hem things for me as I only can sew buttons and repair very small tears. I have been wanting to do something to take in a couple pants at the waist but it would have to be very easy.
I’m not terribly adept at sewing, Mireille. I can hem trousers and curtains and fix basic things. I’ve made a blouse before but it didn’t fit very well. I’ve also made a skirt but whet I put it on, Michael burst out laughing! Needless to say, I never wore it again! To be fair, it was kind of hideous lol! But I am determined to try again!
Loving the style and cut of your trousers, you look amazing! I am also really liking the colour palette of your outfit, thank you for this inspiration! I shall try this out!
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Thank you so much, Celyn! Have a fabulous weekeend!
I’ve never bought anything for the fabric because I am hopeless at sewing! I even get hems done professionally. I would be completely flummoxed to try to turn these trousers into anything else. Those Sewing Bee challenges bring me out in a cold sweat!
I’m not terribly good at sewing either, Gail lol! But I do have a sewing machine and lots of determination, well, at least until the impatience kicks in LOL!!
Suzy, interesting question about buying an item just for the fabric. I have done just that but it was something I found at a thrift store. My plan was to use the fabric to make a couple of face masks but I’ve found it easier to buy them. I gave the item to my daughter in the hopes that she can make use of the fabric.
I made some face masks right the beginning of Covid but soon tossed them in the trash. The bought ones were so much better than my sad attempt at sewing lol!
Have a lovely weekend!
I love tencel and have a few pairs of jeans with it in them. Very soft, no wonder you want to wear them! They look lovely and could totally see them with platforms! I dont sew, so I haven’t bought anything to do so. My mom did, and maybe she thought it would rub off on me!
thanks for linking!
That Tencel fabric looks so comfortable and wearable. Love the way it falls in those great pants. Very pretty silhouette. And great color.
I can honestly say – since I never pick up a needle and thread – that I have never gotten an idea to alter any of my clothes myself. And only once or twice to have a piece altered by someone else. Sewing on a button is a big deal for me. But I am in awe of those who can do more!!