Hurray, fabric chat! I don't suppose any of you really need help finding fabulous fabrics but it would be a shame not to showcase some of the wonderful possibilities for making the Portobello trousers. Sometimes the versatility of a pattern lies in its many variations; these trousers are simplicity themselves and their usefulness (IMO) lies in how different fabrics can give them such vastly different looks. Suitable for linens, lightweight cottons, drapey fabrics such as rayon and crepe, and lightweight wools, your options are nigh on endless.
For example ... muted prints in draping fabrics make for timeless urban sophistication. Or go for a silk or a crepe paired with a cami and kimono for an on-point elegant evening look.
1 Viscose rayon (Guthrie and Ghani), 2 Washed linen (Ditto Fabrics), 3 Viscose linen (Sew Over It)
4 Triple crepe (Sew Over It), 5 Liberty silk satin (Ray Stitch), 6 Luxury crepe (Sew Over It)
Wools will make Portobello a staple of your winter work wardrobe. (Unless you're like me, and work from home, in which case I should probably do an elasticated waist Portobello hack for us...!)
7 Cashmere wool blend (Dragonfly Fabrics), 8 Wool mix suiting (Fabric Godmother), 9 Natural wool (Dragonfly Fabrics)
If you're a print-lover, then these trousers are just inviting you to swathe your lower half in the boldest of blooms or the most grabbing of graphics!
10 Rayon (Sew Over It), 11 Crepe (Sew Over It), 12 Viscose crepe (Ditto Fabrics)
13 Rayon (Village Haberdashery), 14 Viscose challis (Fabric Godmother), 15 Viscose challis (Fabric Godmother)
Keep your cool on holiday with natural fibres in light colours and beach-friendly prints. How I dream of lounging on a tropical poolside in a pair of batik trousers with a cotton crop-top, pina colada in hand ... (Actually, I don't care for pina coladas – but they just sound
16 Batik cotton (Fabrics Galore), 17 Fine linen (Dragonfly Fabrics), 18 Tie-dye cotton linen (Ditto Fabrics)
I can't help but be inspired by this broad selection – I now want ALL the trousers! But given it's spring here (no wools) and I've no upcoming jaunts to balmy climes (no batiks) I'll have to make do with seeing what you all make :)
Disclaimer: we haven't handled most of these fabrics ourselves in person, so recommend that you always order a swatch if you're unsure about the suitability of a fabric.