Wardrobe Planning with Ann: Classic Trousers

Black is one of the two colors (navy is the other color) that I’m using as a neutral for Ann’s wardrobe.   With the colder weather settling in and Ann still going into the office, a pair of classic black trousers was next on the wardrobe planning list.  Classic trousers (pants) hang straight down from the hip, sit at the waist, have a flat front with a fly zipper and pockets.  They are called classic because this silhouette never goes out of style.  Flattering on most figure types, this style will make your legs look a mile long!

Mood Board
From casual to office and yes even date night I love the inspiration looks Ann found.
The middle row extreme right is the look that inspired (see above) Ann for her date night.  

Classic pants call for classic fabric!  I choose Black Wool Tricotine so Ann could wear them all year.
The hand is lightweight with a beautiful drape.  They are lined with black rayon lining.


Ann used the muslin from the Utility Shorts for the front and a menswear pattern, Vogue 2616, for the back that included the double welt pocket.

The fit through the waist/hip was already achieved with the Utility Shorts.  But during the lengthening stage, the side seam was skewed and the pocket was gaping.

Ann had to redraw and straighten the side seam from the hip taking from the back and adding to the front.
Starting with a pin at the hip, a pin at the knee, and a pin at the hem, she drew a straight line connecting the pins.
The leg width is 22″.

To help prevent the pocket opening from gaping, Ann added a cotton pocket stay (red fabric) that is sewn into the zipper fly.

Back View

The Classic Details
Tacking the Pocket

Back Double Welt Pocket
Ann didn’t want to buy another pattern so she used what she had a men’s pant pattern Vogue 2616.

Fly Front with Hook and Eye
The pocket stay is covered by the lining.


Finishing Touches
Ann decided to trim the inside with bias binding from remnants of the Crossover Halter and Maxi Skirt
Special touches to make Ann smile…

Classic White Blouse, Camisole, Red Faux Leather Coat

Shirred Blouse

What’s your best neutral?  Have you made a classic trouser in that color?
And as Ann always says, “I hope you get inspired to create something EXTRAordinary.” 😉

Next up is a classic blouse to go with the classic pants but with a little print play!


  1. Ann
    January 14, 2021 / 7:36 pm

    I felt like I was pulling out my whole closet – everything went with it! Great addition 😁

    • Roz
      January 19, 2021 / 8:37 am

      And that’s how it works! Thanks Ann:)

  2. January 15, 2021 / 7:16 am

    I love wardrobe planning posts. These trousers are so versatile, coordinating with so many of the other pieces in Ann’s wardrobe. Wool tricotine is such a lovely fabric to use for trousers. It can be hard to find. But it doesn’t surprise me that SMF has it. Classic black trousers were a staple in my work wardrobe. Classic grey wool pants were in second place.

    • Roz
      January 19, 2021 / 8:39 am

      Good to know you have this as a staple in your wardrobe! It’s so nice to have go-to pieces that work with lots of tops. Thanks, Audrey!!

  3. January 15, 2021 / 7:44 am

    Love those tailored pant details. Can’t wait to see Ann’s next wardrobe item!

    • Roz
      January 19, 2021 / 8:40 am

      Thank you Samina!

  4. January 24, 2021 / 8:29 am

    wow, wow, WOW!

    I love the trousers and every single styling option!


    • Roz
      January 24, 2021 / 10:21 am

      Thank you, Nakisha! 🙂

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