Lander Pants – note, use a curved waist band

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The Landers are an itch I’ve wanted to scratch for ages.

These are the Lander Pant by True Bias. The Lander has a high waist and button fly and a wide leg which is bang on trend. Easy front and back patch pockets, belt loops, and a straight fit through the legs. It comes as a short, a cropped leg and a ankle leg.

These are the cropped leg, although not actually that cropped on my 5ft 3 frame.

This lovely light weight mustard beautiful buttery soft mustard denim is from Fabworks, but not available on line. I knew exactly what this fabric was meant for when I saw it in between lockdowns. It is so soft, a perfect spring/summery weight.

I feel I’m channelling Carey Mulligan from The Dig set in the 1930’s in this outfit.

I wanted a loose fitted pant. I didn’t want the fabric distorting at the button fly. There is zip expansion back available too.

I graded from a 10 at the waist to a 8 at the hip.

The outer leg seam is purposely 1 inch wide to allow for adjustments to be made. But remarkably when I tried them on at basting stage ( the pattern tells you when) they were absolutely perfect, with no adjustments. Remarkable!!

However the wind was soon taken from my sails once I added the straight waist piece. I had read that many had come up against a problem with the straight waist and had replaced it with a curved waist band. They were right. Mine just stuck right up, away from my waist.

I didn’t want to unpick the whole waist band so I unpicked the top stitching, unfolded the band and inserted 3 darts which are completely hidden by the belt loops.

I’ve seen others make these up as a more formal pant, which I’d love to try too.

I will use a zip fly next time, and possibly size down half a size, using a heavier weight fabric. I’ll incorporate the front pockets inside the trouser legs and perhaps use rear welt pockets.

But I can tell you these are soooo comfy.

So, now I’m just waiting on summer!

Love, Lucie x


  1. They look fab. I really like the red buttons too. This pattern has been sitting on my computer for ages. I bought it when it came out and have never got around to making it. I’ve got a vintage jeans pattern that is very similar and fits like a dream. I’ve made that twice and never got round to the Lander. But I do like the cut of the legs and the three length options so I do think I’ll give it a go. Thanks for the detailed info on the waistband. I get loads of back gap with a straight waistband. So I often swap a straight waistband for a curved one. Thanks for the tip. I know loads of people hate the idea of button flies but I don’t mind them. Because I don’t have much waist / hip size difference, I only need to undo two buttons, so no more bother than a zip fly for me!

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    1. I love the look of the button fly when it’s fresh on in the morning, but dislike the look by the time I’ve worn them all day. I think I shall double reinforced the button fly next time.
      I have a similar shape rtw pair that I’ve worn for years so glad I’ve got a pattern to replace them with when they finally given up. 😊


  2. I’m having a gaping issue too. Hiding the dart under the belt loops makes so much sense. I’ve searched high and low to figure out how to fix this. Thank you!

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