Sunday, March 8, 2015

British Army Breeches

Breeches start with the waistbands and the bearers. Turn all four sides of the waistband linings and back or overcast stitch them in place on the top and sides. If the wool is thin, turn those edges as well. Leave a 1/2" free at the bottom to turn up when attaching to the legs.

Bearers are similar, but there is no need to turn the top edges, just whip them together. Two or three eyelets finish the back of each waistband, and two or three buttons and buttonholes will close the front. If the wool stretches, add hemp or linen canvas linings to the waistbands (before buttonholes and eyelets) to stabilize them.

  If the pattern is 100% it's okay to finish the center front and back leg seams next. Make sure to leave an opening for the wedge insert at the back. If fit is an issue, leave the center front seam open for fitting over the pelvis.

Backstitch 3/4" of the side seams to get ready for attaching the waistbands. If fit is okay with the pattern, the center front and back of the lining pieces can be finished as well.  


  1. Hi, I have been having quite mixed luck with breeches as of late. I did one fitting which ended in magically well fit breeches. The next fitting I did (on a separate gentleman) turned into a pair that wouldn't reach above his kneecaps. I would love to know why you first make up the waistband and any other information you have on fitting breeches. I'll keep searching your site in the meantime. Thank you-Abi

  2. You have to start somewhere. Much easier to start at the top, once the waist fits you work your way down. Make sure they are too long to begin with, as that is easier than too short. There is a nice long blog on fit issues.