Pleated Pants by Papercut Patterns

I’m pleased to say that I’ve completed one of my New Years Aspirations – to sew some pants! AND I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out…

I made Papercut Patterns Pleated Pants (I love all that alliteration!). I made these out of the same bolt of denim as my Ginger skirt so these shorts are quite stiff, just like the skirt was when I first made it. Now after 7 or so washes the Ginger is pretty soft so I’m not worried about the stiff shape.

I’m also super pleased with how my fly zipper turned out. I hadn’t done one previously so I followed the instructions very carefully and went very slowly. I also spent a lot of time looking at a pair of my own RTW jeans while I was figuring out how all the pieces went together. I think I have a 3D brain when it comes to understanding sewing, instructions aren’t enough sometimes. I think the fly turned out pretty well! It’s always such a great feeling when you learn something new!

I made these shorts in a XS. The only adjustment I made was to shave 1cm off each side seam of the waistband, starting at the top of the waistband and tappering off about halfway down if that makes sense to you! I was so impressed with Katie, Papercut Patterns designer’s, customer service! She was so friendly and offered any assistance with the assemblage of my shorts.

I am definitely making this pattern again. Truth be told, this was actually a muslin, or as close to a muslin as I’m going to get (NB deeply held loathing of wasting fabric. Muslins included.) Next time I make these pants they will be trousers. Do I see work pants in a soft wool charcoal or hipster ankle-length trousers in murky mustard-y colour on the horizon? Hard to tell as I majored in Sociology, not sooth-seeing sadly.

Sidenote: there have been some posts about sizing issues with this pattern. I was in email contact with Katie from the moment I mentioned I was keen to make this pattern. She simply told me to make them a size smaller than the sizing chart said and to take 1cm off each side of the waistband. I’m not one for making muslins so i followed her instructions and they turned out great for me!

Second Sidenote: these photos were taken in the middle of our New Zealand winter. It was colder than it looks. But really not all that cold. Be jealous Northern Hemisperians!


Ginger Lovin’


Woop I made the Colette Ginger skirt. I can’t remember who’s I saw first but I love both Lladybird and Stitch n Bitch’s versions of the Ginger. I think this pattern is made for denim. I made my version out of a really stiff denim that it holds the shape in a very assertive A-Line. I prewashed this fabric twice and it still looks like this. I’m not complaining. It’s awesome.


This skirt was ridiculously quick and easy to put together. Because the denim was so stiff it was super easy to cut out and sew together and required minimal pinning. There was no slip-age or fussing around with this fabric!


Oddly, or perhaps not, the skirt only flares outwards, not forward and back so it is still flattering despite the exaggerated shape.


I made this skirt in a straight six which to me sounds WAY too small to be a grown up size. I haven’t worn a six in years but I’m all for the affirmation of wearing a smaller size. The only changes I made to the pattern were minimal – I took 6cm off the bottom, decided against interfacing the waistband and inserted a normal metal zipper. I figured the heavier material would need a stronger zip.


I also decided to make the waistband facing in this cute polka dot. I LOVE this pattern. It’s great for the long humid summer were having here.


Have you made the Ginger before? Did you love it?