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Aleks' Merchant & Mills 101 Trouser

Women walking down the city sidewalk smiling, wearing sunglasses, white tank top and Mocha colored pants.

Pattern: Merchant & Mills 101 Trouser
Fabric: Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed, 55% Linen/45% Cotton, 43” wide color Mocha
Notions: thread

When I was in high school, I made a lot of my clothing. I included many of the pieces I made in my application portfolio to architecture school, which earned me a place in the program. BUT, I haven’t made clothing for myself for over 35 years – yikes – 35 years!

Women facing the camera smiling, wearing sunglasses and hand in her pants pocket.  Women is wearing a white tank top and Mocha colored pants.

The Merchant & Mills 101 Trouser pattern excited me because the pants looked so comfortable, and quite frankly, easy to make.

Up close detail photograph of women in mocha essex fabric to show the pocket of the pants.

I love the linen/cotton mix of Robert Kaufman’s Essex Yarn Dyed fabric. It is more robust than quilting cotton and drapes beautifully. It was extremely easy to work with. My biggest challenge was which color to use.

Women facing the camera smiling, wearing sunglasses and hand in her pants pocket.  Women is wearing a white tank top and Mocha colored pants.

If I made these pants again, I would shorten the top part of the pants around the hip some and add a bit of length so they fit my body a better. I also thought this pattern would make a great pair of summer shorts.

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