Highlighter Yellow


These are my highlighter pants.  I sewed them from deep stash Merchant & Mills linen twill from Sitch56.  It’s always sad when our independent fabric businesses close… and it’s a timely reminder to support them when you can.


I sewed these pants as a wearable toile that I expected would be perfect as pj pants.  Spoiler alert, the fit is great and I’m going to be wearing them until they fall apart… much to the disgust of my teenagers!


Making pants is never a project that I have enjoyed.  It’s not the sewing, but the fear of getting the fit right.  And once I’ve nailed the fit on a pant pattern, I often make multiple pairs.  Can you relate?


These are thr Fremantle Pants by ELBE Textiles.  It’s a unisex pattern and I sewed the size D in the 7/8 length.


Lauren has designed these pants to have, and I quote “a comfortable, relaxed fit that taper in slightly at the hem.”  The pants have 4″ (10cm) of ease at the hips… but yet, still a good butt fit.  The drafting is *chef’s kiss*.


I just re-looked at the size chart and my hips are between a size C & D and I think next time, I might try making the C for slightly less bulk in the hips/upper thigh area without interring too much with the design ease.


The only change I made to the pattern was the construction method for the waistband.  I used the elastic width I had on hand, and ran a stitch not far from the top fold so the elastic wasn’t too loose in the casing.


I added a KATM ‘Hand Made’ label to one of the back pockets.  Although not photographed, the pocket bags are made of ramie leftover from this make last summer.


Even though I sewed these pants in August, I’m still thrilled that I didn’t have to do any of my usual pant modifications (ie. increase the rise and do a flat bottom adjustment).  And who knew I needed a pair of highlighter yellow pants in my wardrobe!


Pattern:  Fremantle Pants by ELBE Textiles (pdf pattern)
Size:  D
Fabric:  Merchant & Mills linen twill
Alterations:  Changed the waistband construction
Outfit:  Top from Caro, Birthday Liberty Scarf from several years ago, vintage silver bracelets and shoes from Funkis.
Photo Location:  Eastern Suburbs, Melbourne


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