I made these Palazzo Pants (super-wide leg pants) in grey linen They hang in gentle and flattering folds. I feel rather like an elegant elephant. Indeed is there any other kind of elephant?

To say I am pleased with my efforts is an understatement. They are easy to wear so much so they have become my summer staple.

Fabric & Purchase Details

I dont know where the linen was originally from and it boasts no organic or fair trade credentials but it was bought locally from the Button Box in Huddersfield Market.

I prefer to use natural fibres because on consideration they are the greenest, biodegradable option and, even better, they don’t shed plastic microfibres when washed.

Just in case you need it, here is a quick  intro to synthetic, regenerated, combination and natural fibres here. And more reasons why I prefer natural fabrics over the others can be found here.


New Look 6558

Fixtures & Fittings

The trousers in the pattern are worn 2.5 centimeters below the waist line and have a zip. I adapted it so the waist line is on the waiste line i.e round my middle. This allows me to ditch the zip and have a plastic free drawstring fixing. At least I thought it was. I bought what looked like cotton tape but on closer inspection found it included some synthetic fibres. Boo.

It was cut out with all metal scissors from the C. Booths Hardware Shop in Huddersfield, sewn together using organic cotton on a wooden reel and made using plastic free sewing supplies  (you can find them here).

Sustainable Rating

  • Natural fibres
  • Fabric was bought plastic free – no packaging
  • Supporting a local fabric shop
  • Homemade by me
  • Made with plastic free sewing supplies
  • Pattern allows for plastic free fixings though I boobed on this one.

Weighs In At


Why the weighing? Well this item of clothing is counted as part of my fair share fabrics project. This is a self imposed rationing system. I use no more than my global share of fibres and they have to be sustainably sourced. Whats a global share? 11.74 kg per person of which 3.8 kg is natural fibres. As I don’t like synthetics I try to stick to 3.8 kg of natural fibres.

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