#SMS2020: Choosing Fabric For The Reed Trousers

by | Jul 10, 2020 | Sew My Style | 1 comment

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I’ve sewn quite a few things for my husband since I’ve been regularly sewing. I’ve made him some shirts, hoodies, undies, and socks. But now I’m ready to take on a new challenge for him: the Reed Trousers from Laela Jayne. I’m not going to lie: this is a bit intimidating for me. Making pants that fit me can be a challenge but making them for someone else’s body that’s nothing like mine?

Super challenging.

But it’s also forced me to go back to the basics of sewing versus getting into my head. I know how to measure properly. I know how to grade patterns. And I know fabric–which is where I’m starting first.

Choosing Fabric For The Reed Trousers

My husband will be the first to share a judgmental glance when I huff and puff about not having fabric. Friends, I have ALL.THE.FABRIC–just none for men’s trousers! One of my biggest fears in sewing for others is that they won’t wear this garment that I’ve put my blood (yes, often a little big), sweat and tears into. So fabric choice for these is huge.

The pattern calls for bottom-weight fabric like twill, denim, corduroy or any suiting. Because we’re basically getting dressed with nowhere to go, comfort is key here. And also, he’s kinda picky. Any pizazz in his wardrobe has been as a result of his colorful wife lol.

I hit up Fabric.com to check out their options and these are some of my favorites that I found:

I've never made men's trousers before but I'm kicking off July with Sew My Style with the Reed Trousers. But first, I've got to choose some fabric!

Suiting Fabrics

Gabardine Suiting in Black

Heather Wool Blend

Gabardine Solid Blue

Italian Tropical Wool

Twill Fabric

Black Polyester Twill

Camoflauge Twill

Navy Blue Polyester Twill

Brushed Twill

Now I’m absolutely loving this brushed twill. The color is everything and brushed everything is soft. But I’ve also made a couple pieces for my son and daughter in the camo and I think it would be cute for them to match daddy. So we’ll see…

What fabric option would you choose for your spouse or self?

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