Recently, while watching the utterly magnificent Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2017 Couture show (which you can see here, and which I highly recommend watching), I realized something – the models were wearing our West End Pants! Well, the Dior version anyway. Later that same day I received an email from Anthropologie and their models were also wearing our West End style. It was official: wide-leg cropped pants are the pant for this spring. Luckily, I have just the pattern to make them.
As you can see, the wide flare of the West End Pants is mirrored in many of the designer and ready-to-wear styles being shown this season. I think it is fun that they are using the same pant design in so many different fabric substrates. From light and flowing rayons, beautiful linen, a structured silk and even a light, pant-weight wool, it really illustrates how versatile this pant is. Inspiration board left to right: West End Pants by The Sewing Workshop, Black suit by Dior, Blue Rayon culottes by ASOS, Polka Dot Culottes by Anthropologie, Linen culotte suit by Commes Des Garcons, Blue culotte ensemble found on Pinterest. Cover image by Julie Kostreva from Elle.es
Linda and Kathy have their spring style set, having made West End Pants in a beautiful lime (similar to this Kiwi Handkerchief Linen) and striped linen (similar to this Striped Linen). If you are starting to sew for your spring and summer wardrobe, take a look at my fabric inspiration board below, and get started on your own West End Pants!
Whether you are feeling light and bright or looking for a not-so-standard neutral, we have the fabric for you. Here are my favorites...Lights & Brights (from top to bottom) Viscose Novelty Weave in Chartreuse, Digital Print Monet Linen, Sky Blue Linen, Palm Tree Tweed, Ellen Tracy Linen Cotton Stripe. Quirky Neutrals (from top to bottom) Rayon Crinkle Olive, Paisley Print (note, this fabric is sheer so you you will want to add a lining), Eggplant Linen, Pansy Print Crepe, Darkest Night Chambray.
I would like to try the West End Pant but I am only 5"2. They look smashing on Linda and Kathy but how would they look on someone my size?
I am only 5' myself, so I know where you are coming from. The trick is to hem them to the right length on you. If you need to hem them a little shorter than Linda or Kathy are wearing, that would make sense because it works with your proportion. Give them a try and let us know how they turn out!
I LOVE The West End pants and have made two already but they were winter. You have inspired me to make a third - for spring!!! I am only 5'3" tall but have received many compliments on mine. I also love the Nine Lives top - have made that one (right that Kathy has on). Which top is Linda wearing with her West End cullotes on the left?