Welcome to the Laela Jeyne Wanderlust Tour! This is a tour to celebrate the release of the Wanderlust pattern collection, as well as an anniversary event. I was invited to participate along with a group of sewing bloggers to sew one of the new pants patterns paired with a top of our choice from the pattern shop.
The Wanderlust collection consists of four patterns: the Ivy Trousers I’ll be talking about, the Girls’ Wren Skinny Jeans, Men’s Reed Trousers, and Women’s Willow Pleated Trousers. A little something for everyone in the family, right?
I chose to make the Ivy Trousers and the Sydney Slouchy Raglan. The Ivy Trousers are a classic chino trousers with a relaxed slim leg. They feature welt back pockets, side pockets, and 3 lengths – shorts, cropped or full length.
I made the full length, and I made length adjustments based on my 5’8″ height with a 32″ inseam compared to the pattern inseam of 29″. The pattern includes a knee line so I compared my crotch to knee with the pattern and added 2″ at the knee and the last inch at the hem. See how nicely my length hits? That little break at the top of my foot is exactly what I was going for.
I only added one welt pocket. I didn’t have time to make a muslin for these pants, instead relying on flat pattern measurements and fitting as I went. Had I made a muslin I would have adjusted the placement and angle of the welt pocket. Marisa said she’s adding a tutorial for a loop and button to help the pocket stay nicely closed. I used a coordinating lighter weight fabric for my pocket bag, and this gap wouldn’t be as obvious if I had used the same twill as my pants.
I didn’t get great photos of my slash pockets. I made a little facing of the twill and the rest of the pocket is the coordinating floral lawn. The facing kept the pocket from becoming bulky while not showing the bag fabric. You’ll notice this kind of pocket on many of your store bought pants.
My zipper fly turned out quite nicely if I do say myself! The front rise needs to be shortened to fit my body better. I have a tipped pelvis and prefer my pants to tilt forward to match this angle. Again, I would have made this change if I’d muslined first (#thisiswhywemuslin). I can take the waistband off and angle it lower, but I know myself and I need to take a breather before I tackle that task. They’re quite comfortable as is, but they want to push down and buckle at the bottom of the zipper.
I made the Sydney Slouchy Raglan using a lightweight sweater knit from Sincerely Rylee. The Sydney Slouchy Raglan has a swing or regular slouchy silhouette, relaxed or slouchy sleeve, v-neck or off shoulder styles, and a hooded cowl. This is the regular slouchy silhouette with the slouchy sleeve and off the shoulder neckline.
The Wanderlust Collection patterns are on sale for $5 through February 3rd – no code needed. In addition to the collection, Laela Jeyne is celebrating their anniversary with every clothing pattern for $5 or less and every swimsuit pattern for $6. This is a great time to stock up on some great patterns. I’ve made and reviewed the Women’s Taylor Leggings and the Scarlett Moto Skinnies.
Be sure to check out the other stops along the tour.
Laela Jeyne Patterns Wanderlust Collection Blog Tour
Top Pattern – Laela Jeyne Sydney Slouchy Raglan
Top Fabric – lightweight sweater knit from Sincerely Rylee
Bottoms Pattern – Laela Jeyne Ivy Trousers
Bottoms Fabric – forest green stretch brushed midweight twill from Cali Fabrics