Jean-ius-Kenneth D. King

Project Description

What are you most proud of? The whole look and replicating the exact trousers I love so much. Kenneth's take on zippers and his finish on the waistband ends was the best and one that I will continue to do now. I am also pedantic when it comes to finishes and believe that the inside of a garment should be just as good as the outside. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Watch all the videos til the end before commencing along with reading all the comments under each section (you may get some further tips or the questions you have may already be answered by Kenneth)...... Make sure all your grain lines are straight and use the coloured pencils Kenneth recommends as they really are the best for tracing onto fabric. I can't wait for Kenneth's next class on Craftsy!

What you will need

  • I used a cotton lycra fabric as these are firm fitting capris so I needed some stretch for ease.

Q&A with Lexley0602

sew sew asked:
Your pants look great. I've just watched this all the way through to get a handle on what's needed. I notice you're in Australia. I'm in SA, and having a devil of a time trying to source silk organza that's not $30 p/m. Where did you source yours from?
Lexley0602 answered:
I got impatient waiting for the organza to come from Hong Kong so I used Kwik Sew's Kwik Trace Pattern Tracing Cloth which is on the 'Nancy's Notions' site. I am forever purchasing supplies from overseas in particular the USA as it is much cheaper than AU. I will also be doing Susan's K's Couture Dress class next but have purhased a Badgley Mischka (Vogue) pattern instead with similar features as I was not too keen on the one suggested. Susan's couture methods are just sublime and I so wish she visited Australia to do a course-I have the fabric ready to go for a Chanel/French Jacket and have contacted Susan about this so hopefully Craftsy will pick this up soon....
Alison in Texas asked:
Your pants look amazing! I'd love to try this because I just got a leg brace and now a lot of my old pants can't fit over the leg brace. But what threw me off is that they talk about using a pair of jeans as the pattern. I don't wear jeans very often, but I have a pair of pants that I love. Do you think this would work with regular pants? Thanks so much!
Lexley0602 answered:
Hi Alison, definately..I have copied trousers (pictured) and you can copy anything....you'll love that zipper method too which can be done on trousers and jeans....cheers...
Linda74Sews asked:
You are an inspiration. I have so much trouble buying pants, I think my best option is simply to make. You have inspired me
Lexley0602 answered:
I am almost finished another pair in a gorgeous med/dark magenta colour which I will post photos of soon.......
Cor asked:
These look perfect! Beautiful work, fellow Aussie!! :o)
Lexley0602 answered:
thanks...if only I could find the exact fabric the Sportscraft capri's are made of, I'd be even more happier!
CrzieDazie asked:
Love the trouser's Lexley! I was just wondering how long it took you to make these? From getting the pattern to finished product. I'm on the fence about taking the course as I have little ones that interrupt me at every turn. However, I also am 5'8 and all legs and have an impossible time finding pants that fit right and are a little longer than average. I would love to make my own! I just hope I can take on the project and still be able to fit into them by the time I get them finished. : )
Lexley0602 answered:
Thank you. That is a hard question to answer and one which I get asked all the time. I would say around 2 days with approx. 5 hours of sewing each day. The beauty of doing this course though is that you are copying a perfectly fitting trouser and one with minimal fit issues so it will be a quick and easy process. And I can tell you, a pattern straight out of an envelope will never fit to your measurements without some fit issues. So by doing this, you are assured of a fabulous fitting pair of jeans/trousers. Good luck in your venture!

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