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Red True Bias Lander Trousers: Finally!


I think the Lander Pants, as they are called, came out in 2017, or thereabouts. I have probably had the pattern since then, but this is actually the first time I have sewn them. So what has held me back? After all, they do have that seventies vibe that I really go for. I suppose the first thing is that I had a vintage 70s pattern with a button fly already and I had already perfected the fit on that. I have made two iterations of that pattern, and I love them both; here are the blue jeans and here the brown corduroy trousers. Then I suppose, I noticed that the waistband isn’t graded so I knew I would have to swap that out. All in all, it was just laziness that prevented me for getting on and making some Lander trousers. I have seen so many fantastic examples online, I eventually convinced myself that I really must be missing out and set about making my own.

The fabric

I purchased the fabric from Like Sew Amazing with some vouchers I got as a Christmas present. The fabric is a slightly rust-like red in a stretch cotton twill. The Landers don’t necessarily need a stretch woven, but the stretchiness of this fabric will work out fine with this pattern.

The construction

As with all trousers patterns especially one with pockets and top-stitching it is all a lengthly process. I used some remaining fabric from my The Serpent-inspired top for the pocket lining. In fact, I think that the top will team up well with these trousers.

I made a small change to the pattern. I took out some of the rise (roughly 2 cms of both the back and the front. This meant that I changed the gap between the buttons on the fly front otherwise they would have been spaced unevenly.

I deliberated for a long time about the buttons. I knew I wouldn’t find anything that would match colour-wise, so I chose these contrasting buttons.

Lander Trousers: the button fly

I swapped out the Lander waistband for the curved waistband from the Grainline Moss Skirt. This pattern piece has been used so many times and not always for Moss skirt making purposes, and is looking really tatty. I must remember to re-trace it!

I followed the sew along on the True Bias website for a couple of things just to make sure I got them right. This included the pocket construction and the fly construction. I suppose I have made quite a few trousers now, so this was just to reassure myself, but they are worth following as they have more detail that the instructions provided.

I have to admit that I didn’t go full top-stitching and jeans look on these. I just fancied making these more trouser-looking than jeans-looking in the end. Does this mean my love affair with top-stitching is over? Certainly not! I’m sure my next trousers / jeans will include loads of top-stitching. I think I just wanted a plainer look this time.

Red Lander Trousers: Worn with Grainline Driftless cardigan and blouse made with vintage pattern Simplicity 8924 

The Outcome

I have a feeling these trousers will be a bit of a workhorse in my wardrobe. Sure they are red, which isn’t a common colour in my wardrobe, but I can already see that they gel well with my numerous blue makes and I’m looking forward in Me-Made-May to trying these out with loads of combinations. I can attest after a day of wear that they are also very comfortable. I’m sure to make more of these; it looks like I’ve discovered finally this real indie sewing pattern classic.

Red Lander Trousers: Wearing sandals for the first time this year!

Author: steelyseamstress

Sewing a new wardrobe

7 thoughts on “Red True Bias Lander Trousers: Finally!

  1. That was an interesting post as I’ve always had an eye on the Landers myself. I love the colour. Funnily enough I’ve been thinking of injecting a bit of red into my wardrobe after seeing a really nice dress in M and S but as you say not full on red, more rusty or orange undertones. Yes got to love a bit of topstitching! I’d be interested to hear a comparison of the Lander pattern versus your vintage pattern 😊

    • Yes, I would say the Landers are pretty good. I’m keen to make another pair some time, but as usual I have more patterns than I could possibly make in a lifetime! sad to say that M & S has disappeared from where I live – I always found it good for inspiration.

  2. Looking good! Red trousers are surprisingly versatile in a wardrobe – I had a pair and they went with so many things (any print with a spot of red in it, red-white-blue combos, white, cream, pale blue, olive green, greys of any shade, browns….). Yours go very well with sandals.

    • Thank you. I would agree that I have found that this red goes so well with all manner of things in my wardrobe – they’ll probably pop up on Instagram in the next couple of days!

  3. Those look great! And the shape is very 70s to my uneducated eye. It’s a good colour too.

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