The Derwent Trousers in A Beginner’s Guide to Sewing With Knitted Fabrics are named after one of the main rivers that flows through the Peak District, a river that has also given its name to a valley and a reservoir.
The beautiful River Derwent.
Some of the river’s industrial history in Masson Mills just outside Matlock Bath; a cotton mill originally powered by the River Derwent and now part of the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site.
The Derwent wide legged trousers are a joy to wear – they’re soooo comfortable with a deep elasticated waistband used as a neat facing to give them a lovely smooth, flattering fit around the waist.
Try them in a lightweight ponte roma teamed with the Peak T-shirt for a casual style or make them in a viscose or bamboo jersey and they’ll look gorgeous dressed up.
I’ll show you how to sew that super neat waist finish and you can choose your length – super long, that fashionable cropped length that looks great on wide legged trousers (sometimes called Gaucho trousers), or knee length for a comfy culotte style.
Wide legged trousers have had various incarnations over the years, but the fact they stick around proves just how versatile and flattering they are:
- Beach pyjamas were probably the first version of today’s wide leg trousers – worn by fashionable bathers along the riviera in the late 1920’s with their popularity spreading widely by the 1930’s. They were often made in jersey for comfort, helping to make them an early form of women’s “leisurewear” as they began to be adopted for wearing for exercise.
- Palazzo pants became popular in the 1960’s and 70’s as a loose summer style made in very lightweight floaty fabrics, they are a more exaggerated version of wide leg trousers being full and wide through the whole of the leg from a fixed waistband. Differences that probably make them not nearly so easy to wear as our simple wide legged trousers.