Friday, February 28, 2020

Corduroy Sculthorpe Pants

Another day, another pair of Sculthorpe Pants!

After making my tester version of the Muna and Broad Sculthorpe Pants, I wanted to make another pair immediately. 

I'd been waiting for a pattern to use with this Merchant and Mills needlecord I bought at Fabrications Ottowa when I was in town for Ottowa Frocktails in 2018.

Funny/embarrassing story about this fabric: it was sold as a remnant, rolled up with a price tag on it. I assumed that the price on the tag was for the whole piece, but turns out the price was by the yard (or meter, maybe, because Canada), and the piece was like 2.5 yards (or meters, maybe, because Canada). By the time I realized it, it was all rung up and in the bag and I was too embarrassed to back off of the purchase. So, this was one of my more expensive fabric purchases!

And, with this expensive fabric, did I overthink things for months and then decide "screw it" and ultimately underthink things a bit? Yes. 

I overthought how to use the fabric for months, but ultimately cut these Sculthorpe Pants with the side panel with the nap going in the wrong direction. Doh! It's not great, but it could have been worse.

A a slight change I made, to save fabric and to reduce bulk, is to cut the lower half of the pocket piece (at the fold line) out of thin cotton scraps (I forgot to take a photo). Instead of one long pocket piece out of the main fabric, the upper part is corduroy and it's seamed to the cotton at the bottom of the pocket. Worked nicely!

Anyway, this is the Sculthorpe Pants in size iii, same as my tester version, but lengthened 1 inch (meaning I think it's a total of 2 inches longer than my tester version, which were shorter than designed). Fit is great, still.

However, I can't decide if the corduroy is too bulky for this pattern? Or maybe it's because I am struggling with how to style these pants for Vermont winter? My aim was winter-appropriate pants, but now that I have them, I'm not sure what to wear them with on top, or for shoes. 

Here's I'm just wearing a RTW t-shirt and my Blundstones, but it's clearly not right. Textured tops are too much, long cardigans cover the cool pockets, I don't really want to tuck in, boots are too bulky, but I can't wear basically any other type of shoe or show any ankle in Vermont winter.

Hmm... I'll figure it out.

Anyway, still loving the fit on these Muna and Broad Sculthorpe pants, despite my personal struggles with this particular pair!


  1. Thanks for the review and the tip about the pockets. These are nice pants. Looking forward to making a pair. I wore corduroy many years ago when I lived in Chicago, wore them with bulky sweaters or flannel shirts. I wouldn't fuss too much about it. Corduroy is definitely autumn/winter wear. And according to that large rodent, winter is going to be short this year! Mary_in_AZ

  2. I would wear these with a high hip-length bulky sweater. I think you need the balance of a bulkier, slightly broader top.

    1. Just what I was going to suggest! Seconded!

  3. I have been a bit unsure about this pattern but this pair is gorgeous. I think it would work well with some slightly more formal ankle boots; Blundstones are a bit too casual and the wrong shape for those trousers. I think a slightly heavier-weight fabric would work better for the top, as a closer match to the weight of the corduroy – perhaps a fine-knit sweater (of the kind that you don't wear another top underneath), not cropped but not particularly long.

  4. Perhaps the new Cashmerette cardigan (whose name escapes me for the moment) in the short length but with long sleeves would make a good topper.

  5. You look great in this new pants! And I kinda already like this outfit you're wearing now.

  6. I looked at the pictures many times before reading your text, and you look so cool and confident in these photos that I find it hard to believe that you didn't feel quite right with the styling. I adore this colour on you. Naturally, the corduroy does conjure up a certain era and you could opt for full '70s and add a turtleneck and an even sounds comfy. Regardless you look great and I'm sure that you will find what works best for you. I really appreciate all of your photos and clear explanations - and I've purchased a few pants patterns based on your images. This coming Winter (in the Southern hemisphere) I'm about to try a few of the pants patterns that you have sewn up. A request please- Now that you've had time to wear the different pants patterns you've sewn, would you please provide a preference as to which patterns you prefer? Thanks! Penny