Trousers – Back to Basics

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The last time I put out one of my own designs was way back in 2015

I invented the most radical shirt collar ever of all times. Since then the business has been through many ups and downs, traversing such various climes as manufacturing and breast feeding couture to mention just two.

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But after some soul searching, and beating back the constant flood of demand, I’ve hit on a smart way to once again produce our own collections. Here’s what we’ve been up to:

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Starting at the very foundation of garment technology we’ve drawn up our own set of trouser blocks, in 10 sizes. This was itself a process of endless iteration until the blocks reliably converted into well fitting (on any client I could convince to try) pants.

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From there we decided on a basic design that would work for various body types, and produced a complete pattern (which now includes such exciting things as pockets, yolks and flys) for each of the 10 sizes. Again, countless iterations, especially on the bloody pockets!

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Once happy with the design and comfortable with the construction sequence, we again conned our clients into trying on the samples to make sure the pants fitted (or could be altered) for different body shapes.

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This is something most brands fail to do. The initial garment is fitted with a fit model, and that fit sized up and down along the scale resulting in pure disaster. Check out this post for more on that whole drama.

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Anyway the whole point of this blog is to tell you that we’re finally (…well…actually not quite but whatever) going to be putting out our own collection (of one garment) this Autumn!!!!

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We’ll have a set of fitting samples ready, and a selection of fabrics at different price points. We’ll fit you in a size that corresponds to your dimensions, and you’ll get to decide on any alterations (skinnier, shorter, looser on the bum whatever) and pick your fabric.

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And now because we have all the patterns ready, we’ll be able to have your pants ready in two weeks.

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As opposed to the two months it currently takes for any custom order.

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If you’d like to be notified as soon as we’re ready to take orders, do join the email list, or follow us on social media (@thegreentailor)

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I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally put my own work out there again. Even though there’s nothing revolutionary about this design, it’ll be a wonderful distraction from taking up hems ;)

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And even more excited to be giving my gents what they’ve been hounding me for for so long: well fitting, well made, decently priced custom clothing.

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The Studio is at 625 Levinia Street, Garsfontein, and open every Thursday from 8am to 8pm. You can also subscribe to this blog by hitting the follow button, and join the monthly newsletter here for fashion scandal and awesome designs.

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