The Graphite Trousers

Striped graphite trousers with pink screenprint teeThis little pattern has had so much use over the years in many different guises, so it seemed like a good one to finally get together as a proper pattern. As usual it took much longer than I’d have expected when I started but after seeing all the wonderful test versions, I’ll be sharing later this week, I fell for the simple but versatile style all over again.

The Graphite Trousers feature a pleated front and tapered leg with an optional decorative tie front detail. Pockets and a partially elasticated waistband add practicality and comfort. Choose between full or cropped length with standard or elasticated hem. The mid-length shorts are finished with a standard hem. The pattern is suitable for more confident/advanced beginners and comes in sizes 2-12. It is available in my Etsy shop. There is a 10% discount available for this week only (valid until Sunday 15th) using the code GRAPHITE10.

Full Length Trousers

Striped graphite trousers with pink screenprint tee

I made my first version (actually about my tenth!) in some striped cotton shirting from Fabworks. It’s paired with a draft version of a little cropped boxy tee I’ve been working on made up in Nosh organics Hippu cotton knit.

DSC_8572This is a size 4 (based on her hip measurement) lengthened in the legs only to a size 5 and finished with the standard hem.


The second version is made up in a navy viscose crepe (bought at Simply Fabrics) that I’d been saving for myself. Again I used the full length with standard (not elasticized) hem. I used the size 7 and lengthened to a 10. The top is a long-sleeved version of the same boxy tee as above, made up in some striped sweater knit.

Cropped Trousers

Cropped graphite trousers in cotton drill

I also made up a cropped version with standard hem in some cotton drill (with a little bit of stretch) – it’s been in my cupboard so long that I have no idea where it originally came from.

Cropped graphite trousers in cotton drill

This time I omitted the tie front detail for simplicity.

Viscose graphite trousers faux jumpsuit

For the next version of the cropped trousers I used a lightweight woven viscose and elasticized the hem.Viscose graphite trousers faux jumpsuitAgain, I used the same tshirt pattern- this time adapted for a woven to complete the faux jumpsuit look. The viscose was from Fabrics Galore all though I think there is only a black and white colourway available of this fabric available now.


denim graphite shortsFinally I made up a pair of shorts in grey denim.

If you fancy making your own version you can find the pattern for sale here. Don’t forget to use the code GRAPHITE10 for a 10% discount this week.

Later this week I’ll be sharing a lovely variety of these options made up by my kind testers.


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