Hooray! Let confetti and glitter fall from the sky! Because today the Standard Sized version of the Linden Lady is released!
Almost exactly 11 months ago, I released a Palazzo Pants Pattern entitled the Linden Lady in four “Junior” sizes. I didn’t know how high of a demand there would be for such a pattern when I first released it. But after countless emails, comments and requests for a Standard Sized version, I set to work to create a new pattern with 10 sizes, from 0-18.
The newly sized edition of the Linden Lady starts at a 24″ Waist and 34.5″ Hip, and goes all the way up to a 36.5″ Waist, and 47″ Hip. You can view the new size chart here. Rather than starting from my original pattern, I drafted the new version entirely from scratch. This time I included 1/2″ of ease in the hips, which makes for a pant with even more flare in the leg, and an easier fit overall. The crotch is also lower than the original, making for an accurate vintage look. I have revised the Fabric Recommendations to exclude Challis (it is just too lightweight of a material for these pants), and include Midweight Linen.
The major change to the Linden Lady other than the size, is the price. The original four size “Junior” pattern was $8.00. The new pattern has over twice the amount of original sizes (10 sizes total), but is only $12.00.
I also changed the way the Linden Lady is formatted. The pattern is now separated into two size groups (you get both size groups when you purchase the pattern though!) Sizes 0-10, and Sizes 12-18, with sub-groups within those. Instead of having to print out the entire pattern in all 10 sizes with all of the waistline variations, the basic pants pattern and the waistline variations have been separated into separate PDF files, so you can print off just your base pants pattern, and the waistline variation that you wish to use! This not only saves time, but it saves paper too.
A word of warning: I have not tested the 12-18 size range. It is based off of the same measurement base as the 0-10 size range, which I have tested, so it should fit properly. Nevertheless, I would highly recommend making a muslin mock-up before you cut into your fashion fabric, regardless of whether you are making a size 2 or a size 18.
I thought with the re-release I would include some fabric suggestions, since I have become more familiar with the Linden Lady as I have worked with it over the past several months. I have selected both warm weather and cold weather options, fancy and casual.
To start out with something on the more formal side, No. 1 is a beautiful Tencel Twill. The nice thing about working with a tencel or rayon twill, is that it has the sturdiness of a twill, but the drape of a silky material. Speaking of drape, No. 2, a black Midweight Silk Crepe Back Satin, has loads of it. I would only recommend this for making Palazzo pants in the style of 1930s lounge/pyjama pants, as it will be of a clingier nature.
For a casual version of the Linden Lady, for year-round and summer wear, we have Fabrics 3-5. No. 3 is a 6 oz. Denim which would make a Linden Lady similar in silhouette to Jessica’s twill pair. No. 4 is a slightly lighter weight 4.5 oz. Denim which would still have the sturdiness of the denim, but a little bit more airiness to it, making for a lovely summer weight option. While we are talking about summer weight materials, No. 5 is the perfect option for summer, being a 5.3 oz. Linen. I have just started to familiarize myself with Linen, and I am really excited about making a linen pair of Linden Lady’s for myself this Summer, perhaps with a major pattern hack…
The last two fabrics are wool, for my favorite view of the Linden Lady, View 3, with the buttoned high waistband. No. 6 happens to be the Carolina Herrera tweed which I made my first version of View 3 out of back in 2014 before the Linden Lady was released. This is such a gorgeous material to work with, and it should be underlined to uphold its strength and shape. Finally, we have No. 7, an Ash Wool Tweed in a medium weight wool. This tweed is slightly heavier than No. 6, so it will most likely have a drape similar to a 6 oz. denim. I would still recommend underlining it for comfort and stability.
I am SOO excited to finally have this pattern out in standard sizing so that everyone can use it, and I can’t wait to see what you all will make! Are you ready to sew your own Linden Lady? Then head on over to the pattern page to purchase it!
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Brigid, the Middle Sister and Singer