With the Lander Sewalong starting on Monday, I wanted to jump in and give you some information and inspiration when it comes to fabric and notions for your pants and shorts. The pattern calls for medium to heavy bottomweight fabrics with little to no stretch. Keep in mind your machine and how it handles multiple layers of heavy fabric when considering the fabric you choose. I sewed all of my samples up in the Robert Kaufman Ventana twill which is a great fabric for this project. There are tons of colors which you can find here. But don’t limit yourself to just twill for this project either. You can also use corduroy, heavier weight linens, and denims to name a few options. I really like using linen for a more spring/summer look and denim for something more fall winter. I’ve grouped some great options below into solids and prints.
You also need to source some fabric for your front pocket linings. I think that most of us already have scraps big enough for this so dig through your stash, or even cut up an old buttonup that you no longer wear, to save some cash. You need about 1/2 yd and it can be voile, quilting cotton, linen, rayon bemberg, or really any typical lining fabric. This is always a fun way to add interest to the inside of your garment by playing with fun prints, but an added bonus is if the color of your lining coordinates with your main fabric just in case a bit peeks out.
I will be talking a bit more about notions during the actual sewalong, but you will want to source a few items. You will want some all purpose coordinating thread, medium weight fusible interfacing (1 yard), a heavyweight sewing needle, and 4 buttons. The buttons can either be jeans buttons – which are super fun and professional looking, or regular buttons. They need to be about 5/8″ wide (also called size 27L for the jeans buttons) . I will be talking more about attaching jeans buttons during the sewalong (I promise they are not as scary as they seem), but for now just make sure that you source quality ones. I highly recommend buying some from wawak or Taylor Tailor if you are in the US. I have ordered through both and they are high quality and won’t pop open once attached. Most of the ones you find at the big box stores are going to have plastic parts that just don’t hold up over time. And there is nothing worse than your buttons popping off when you sit down. If you have good sources outside of the US please comment.
Ok, I think that is it for now. I can’t wait to get started on Monday. The schedule for the sewalong is as follows:
Monday – Printing / Assembling your pattern
Tuesday – Common Adjustments / Cutting / Marking
Wednesday – Darts and Pockets
Thursday – Crotch and Fly
Friday – Waistband, buttons and Hem