The Lazo Trousers – our second pattern for women – is live in our shop!
These trousers are designed to flatter an hourglass figure by hugging the curves while maintaining complete comfort. They have a wide, shaped waistband from which the pants hang like a skirt. There is no pressure across the hips or thighs due to the roomy pleats and tapered leg.
There are two variations included within this pattern – one is full length and the other is a cropped trouser with wide cuffs and statement belt loops. Of course, you can mix and match variations by adding belt looks to the full length version!
This pattern, as many of you know, has been in the works for the last four years – in fact, the design itself pre-dates Thread Theory! I developed these pants, along with the Camas Blouse, for my end of year fashion show during design school. My goal for my fashion line was to create elegant garments that do not sacrifice comfort. These trousers, in particular, were designed to combat a myriad of issues that I have with most women’s casual pants…the narrow waistband digs in to my lower tummy, there is never enough room for my bum, and I tend to feel a bit like a sausage stuffed in to its casing due to the tight fit across the hips and thighs. I prefer to wear close fitting trousers so that I can balance them with loose fitting tops (so wide leg trousers aren’t an option in my daily casual wardrobe). The Lazo Trousers were my answer to all of these complaints and criteria.
Maybe they are the answer to your pant related complaints too! When I posted photos of the trousers on my blog (which was very new at that time), I received such an enthusiastic response that I decided to develop a couple of women’s patterns to compliment our menswear line.
Our 4th birthday:
Fast forward over four years later to Thread Theory’s 4th birthday, and the trousers are available at last! We’ve launched them today to help us celebrate this anniversary and to thank you, our predominantly female community, for enthusiastically supporting our menswear supply shop and pattern line over the last four years. THANK YOU!!!
As another way to celebrate, Matt and I are giving back to an organisation that is close to our hearts. 50% of proceeds from each Lazo Trouser sale will be donated to Help Fill A Dream. This is a Vancouver Island based organisation that assists children with life threatening conditions by fulfilling their dreams and by providing care and financial support for their families. You can read more about their efforts and the dreams they have filled on their website.
This organisation means a lot to me because I was diagnosed with Leukaemia when I was a toddler. Help Fill a Dream gave my family and I something to look forward to while I went through chemotherapy by promising me a trip to Disneyland. As a young child, unable to comprehend what I was going through, the trip to Disneyland remains my only memory of the whole ordeal. I can only wish that every child facing such health challenges could grow up healthy and look back on that period of their life with such fondness!
Behind the Scenes – Pattern Development:
Now that you know the inside scoop on our birthday celebrations, here is a look behind the scenes during the Lazo Trousers development process:
As you can probably guess, based on the four year time frame required to complete this pattern, there were quite a few snags along the way. First, I had to gain confidence in my fitting skills before even considering developing a pattern designed to fit the hip, crotch and waist curves of a woman’s figure! Helping all of you with your menswear fitting challenges has, of course, given me a fairly diverse amount of experience. I also took a women’s trouser fitting workshop two summers ago to compliment the fitting class that I attended during my design program.
The next challenge was the pattern testing process. I sent the pattern to volunteers with a large variety of body shapes and sizes. I also sewed up many samples to try on the women in my own life. After this experience I was given a HUGE amount of feedback by my generous testers and fit models…it took me months to wade through it all! I then tweaked the pattern and pretty much re-wrote the instructions based on this wonderful feedback. During this process I came to terms with a very important concept: One trouser pattern will never fit everyone…especially not this one! These trousers are quite a unique style that were drafted to fit body type. They are meant to flatter someone who has a large difference between their waist and hip measurements (i.e. an hourglass figure) and to fit someone with a fairly rounded bottom and flat stomach (their hip circumference is mostly distributed towards the back). Even someone with the exact figure I just described will still need to fit this pattern to themselves because the human body is incredibly unique. If you don’t have an hourglass figure but long for the Lazos in your wardrobe, go ahead and give them a try! I bet, with a muslin, some fitting and tweaking of the style, you can sew yourself a pair of perfect trousers! Just be prepared to do a little bit of extra work before achieving the results that you want.
Don’t let my talk of fitting scare you off of sewing trousers! Just think, store bought trousers are not fitted to your figure and you have probably been wearing these more or less successfully your whole life! A few simple fit adjustments will produce trousers that are REALLY comfortable because they are tailored to your body. I have included side seams on the Lazo waistband to make it easy to fit your unique waist to hip curve. I have illustrated quite a few tips within the instruction booklet to help you fit to your lower back, bottom and crotch curve. I will also be photographing some important fitting techniques on the blog in the coming weeks.
Let’s sew Lazos!
Ready to tackle a pair of trousers? I will be posting a list of recommended fabrics tomorrow! In the meantime, you can find the awesome buckles that I used for my favourite sample in our shop.
Lastly, we’re hosting a fun Lazo Hack contest. The purpose of the contest is to show off your creative manipulation of this pattern by sharing your tips, tutorials, sketches, and finished Lazo projects. Submit photos or illustrations using #lazotrousers on Facebook or Instagram or email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be handing out prizes at random until January 31st. This means, the earlier you submit your images, the more chances you have at winning a prize!
An upcoming post on recommended materials for the Lazo will feature more details about the contest and my own ideas to hack the pattern.
Thanks again, from Matt and I, for your enthusiastic support of our menswear supply shop and for making the last four years so much fun! Happy Birthday to Thread Theory 😀
P.S. Please comment below if you have any questions about fitting your figure. I am preparing the fitting blog post and will launch it next Friday Dec. 23rd. Now is the time to ask so that you can have your questions answered!