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Would linen work for this trouser pattern?
he pattern says use 'softly draping trouser fabric'
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Date: 7/2/13 10:24 AM

I wish I could post a photo, must get around to figuring that... but I think I did a fairly good job sewing the Burda Marlene trousers (made in poly jersey according to the fabric tag) and they feel good on. However the colour wants sunshine, and an umbrella in a frosty drink, but it's raining here. So I'm thinking of using some black linen I have to make the trouser again but am unsure if that would be suitable??? Since I've washed the linen several times and ironed it, it feels quite nice... too nice not to ask for fabric advice. I have very little experience with fabrics.

I spent ages looking at linen trousers in on-line shops and google but have not yet seen any with waist facings and back seam invisible zips like my pattern, all seem to have either a stretch waist or a waistband.

Here is a picture of the pants I'm wondering if linen would suit

I know it's hard to say (or at least I guess it must be?!) but would appreciate any thoughts, before I make a bad mistake. I like the fabric and could keep it until I can make something else? But I'm happy to chance it if anyone thinks the linen would work ok.

thanks :)

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Date: 7/2/13 10:35 AM

Linen would be ideal for those pants. I'm continuing to wear an ancient pair of black linen pants that are a bit on the big side because they are perfect summer pants. One of these days I will conquer fitting a pants pattern for today's body and then can replace them.

Best wishes. Enjoy!

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Date: 7/2/13 10:47 AM

It's just fabric. It will work well, or not. It is part of the learning experience.

You do not need anyone's permission to make whatever with whatever.

Break a rule now an then.....it's liberating!

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Date: 7/2/13 1:44 PM

Linen is jut a fiber of fabric, not a weave or telling you how thick or thin or stiff, or fluid it is at all. But look how soft and drape-able (and the ripples and folds in the fabric there) the fabric is in the Photo of those pants, in particular where she has her leg bent. If you can get your linen fiber fabric, to do that on your leg, when just draped over your leg, before even cutting anything out, then it's going to do the same as that photo if made into same pants, if not, then won't be just the same.

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Date: 7/2/13 1:57 PM

Echoing what everyone else has said, and would like to add something. I recently discovered that linen can be either stiff or drapey. And like beauturbo's suggestion to drape it over your knee, I can suggest you give it a drape test. That is, grab a section of the fabric close to one cut end and let it drape by holding it up. If the bottom edge of the fabric (opposite your hand) falls in a large "cone", it's going to be stiff. If it falls in a small cone, then it will be drapey. This replicates draping it over your leg and allowing you to see it firsthand at eye level.

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Date: 7/2/13 3:32 PM

I agree about drape. Too heavy a linen might change the look of those pants.

Maybe even a linen blend would be nice (cotton-linen, linen-rayon, etc.).

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Date: 7/2/13 4:09 PM

@ EleanorSews
Thanks, I love linen pants for summer too, I don't have any at the moment. I did try some on in shops last Spring but just couldn't get anything to fit and made the mistake of buying a pair that are too short, never been a capri wearer but might have a go with them so that's on a list of things to try :)

@ PattiAnnJ
LOL I know, I know! But this is 'the one', the first attempt at a wearable outside the house pants! So, I got nervous. I thought it best that I ask someone who might have had the experience already. The forum is a great resource and so helpful, and I need lots of help :)
But then, I dunno .... it's 'just fabric' only until the project gets set in this brain... then it's much more than that, it's nearly 'something' LOL

@ beauturbo, Miss Fairchild & Vintage Joan
That is what I will do, it makes sense! Even when I was asking my question I was thinking 'how can I describe the linen' - I'll try that drape test described and while I'm not trying to mimic exactly the drape in the pants, but the fit I got, that will let me see how it might be.
Fantastic, I feel a bit dumb not to have even considered doing that but so delighted I asked my question, now I can apply this again when I am puzzled.

You guys are great, thanks!

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Date: 7/2/13 4:39 PM

That's what we're here for.....

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Date: 7/2/13 5:54 PM

I have several pairs of Eileen Fisher linen pants that have waist facings and zippers. But I think I'd use a regular zipper rather than an invisible one, unless the pants will be quite loose and with very little stress on the zipper when you are sitting.

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Date: 7/2/13 8:25 PM

I appreciate your question and the responses saying to test the drape.

I think half of the battle with sewing is choosing an appropriate fabric for the project. I think it's so smart of you to anticipate this and get some advice before you start cutting.

It's taken me years and years to get to the point where you are. I would have never thought of draping the fabric over my knee to check how it reacts.

I hope your pants turn out well!! thanks for starting a great thread!

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