Ella's Cotton Linen Nina Lee Portobello Trousers

Hello! Regular readers of the Sew Me Sunshine blog will have seen Chantelle's Nina Lee Portobello trousers made from the matchsticks double sided jacquard. This week I'm sharing another pair of Portobello trousers to show how completely different a pattern can look in a different fabric type. If you are anything like me, when you decide whether to make a pattern you trawl the Instagram hashtags and sewing blogs and look to see what people have made. I find that certain fabrics, styles and hacks will inspire me to make that pattern. So I hope you like my linen version! 

My pair of Portobello trousers were made using vibrant Pool cotton linen. The best feature of this fabric composition (55% linen and 45% cotton) is that it doesn't crease like 100% linen - yet it is soft, comfortable and breathable. For me it's all about the colour of this particular linen, Harriet describes it on her post as a blue/green that makes you dream of the ocean. Its a bright turquoise that screams summer holidays and I couldn't wait to get my new pair of trousers down the beachfront. 

Chantelle does a great job of describing the straightforward construction of these trousers - so pop back to her blog and read her explanation if you're interested. I made a UK 14 and although a slouchy pair of linen trousers is a must, I plan to size down next time. I did take excess from the crotch area and the trousers are easy to adjust. I do have a bit of a habit of making my trousers too big and so the learning curve continues!

Harriet has a varied beautiful selection of linen in the shop - plains, stripes, dots and florals. My favourites include the yellow and pink floral 'Jessamie Elm' viscose linen which I'd pick for a wrap dress, the Teal dotty linen which would make a perfect blouse and new to the shop, the ex-designer Alice grey and pink stripe cotton linen which would make a cute pair of beach shorts. 

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Ella chose to work with this beautiful pool cotton linen, and chose the pattern she wished to work with for her trousers. Ella was provided the fabric for free in exchange of a written blog post. 


  • This colour is amazing on you! I love them so much xx

  • Love them. I never think about making trousers but I’ve just added these to my sewing list!

  • The trousers look gorgeous and totally different in this Summery fabric. Looking at them makes me want to make more.


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