It’s here! It’s here! Brijee Patterns’ first pattern is finally here! But wait, what’s Brijee Patterns you ask? Well, do you recall these posts I did several months back about my Palazzo pants? Well since it seemed like quite a few of you lovely readers liked my pants, I decided to make a pattern so the rest of the world could make some lovely Palazzo pants of their own. But you can’t really have a pattern without having a logo, right? So Brijee Patterns | Vintage Inspired Sewing Patterns for the Modern Lady, was born! And a few months later the formerly titled Palazzo pants pattern was finished, finessed, perfected (through the amazing help of some wonderful pattern testers. I’ll share more about that in a later post), and finally resulted in what I now present to you: The Linden Lady!
I just have to interject here, before I continue, didn’t Charlotte do an amazing job on the cover art?!
Inspired by the amazing beach and lounge pants of the 1930s, the Linden Lady is a print-at-home Palazzo pant pattern with three views (which I’ll explain further below). Currently available in Junior Sizing (I hope to release a standard sized version in a few months), it has four sizes ranging from a 24.5-27.5″ waist.
View 1 is designed for materials with drape, such as rayon challis, sturdy crepe, or lightweight chambray. The waistband is faced and has a lapped side zipper, with twill tape added to the waistline seam for stabilization. This pair is made from vintage “cold” rayon, and you can read more about the original sewing details in this post.
When I first designed the Linden Lady I wasn’t planning on adding any more variations, but when the need arose in our house for some super high-waisted pants (doesn’t everyone have that need?) I added on the next two variations to the Linden Lady.
Views 2 has a lined high waistband and lapped side zipper extending all the way to the top of the waistband, along with the twill tape stabilization from View 1. Designed for a slightly broader range of materials than View 1, this version can be made from anything from a rayon challis to a rayon twill (as this version was), to a more medium weight chambray, or lightweight denim. The waistband can be interfaced or left without (the version shown above has no interfacing), depending on your fabric weight and drape.
And finally View 3, a further modification of View 2. Instead of the zipper extending to the top of the waistband, the zipper stops at the waistline, while the high waistband is fastened by two buttons with bound buttonholes. Designed for everything from medium weight Chambray to Rayon Shirting to Wool Tweed (that’s what the version above was made from, underlined with J. Crew blouse lining. You can read more about it here), this is the final sophisticated edge of the Linden Lady.
Before you rush off and buy the Linden Lady (which I hope you will!), I wanted to explain the reason behind the name, since I’m sure many of you are wondering where it came from.
When we were down in Linden, TN for Remembering WWII, several of the young ladies were wearing these GORGEOUS wide-legged denim trousers that Jessica C. had designed. Now, I had wanted some Palazzo pants ever since that Spring, but seeing these ladies’ pants, I knew I had to truly make my own as soon as we returned home. So, in thanks for the inspiration, I named the pattern that was inspired by the ladies of Linden, the Linden Lady.
Now, that I’ve hopefully got you wishing to make your own gorgeous Linden Lady pants, you’re probably wondering where you can buy the pattern. Well, my dears, you can click right here to go to the Brijee Patterns page, where you can purchase the Linden Lady for $8.00. I hope you enjoy it!
Which version is your favorite?
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