#Genêt# Inspiration and Fabric Recommendations

Written by Eléonore
May 4 2022 | Genêt, Inspiration

The launch of our spring-summer collection is finally here! Today, let’s take a closer look at the Genêt pants and shorts . . .

With classic trouser details like single welt pockets, a zipper fly, and belt loops, Genêt combines timeless style with a fresh modern silhouette. The extra wide legs are right on trend, and we had a blast pairing this pattern with the rest of the Deer&Doe collection. It’s without a doubt filled a gap in our design library, and is the perfect candidate for your next TNT pattern.

Speaking of zipper flies, Genêt was designed with an extra deep fly front so you never have to worry about your zipper poking out. We took our time experimenting with different construction techniques, and we’re extra proud of the method we came up with for these instructions. It’s easy, provides great results, and if you try it there’s a good chance you won’t want to sew a fly any other way! 

Selecting a Fabric

We originally designed Genêt for woven fabrics with drape (with an emphasis on flexible weaves such as twill and satin), which will maintain the movement and elegant style of the wide legs. A more rigid fabric can work if you want a silhouette with very defined volume, but beware of going too rigid—the fabric should still have some drape! Look for medium weight fabrics (at least 160 g/m²) to accommodate daily wear and tear, and details such as the fly and welt pockets. Avoid any blends with elastane, which tend to bag out the knees. Thanks to the pleats, there is plenty of ease to ensure the pants will be comfortable. 

Cotton and linen are great fibers for summer, but Genêt is also incredible in winter fabrics (for example, 40’s-inspired trousers in wool, or velvet for a statement piece).

Now what about styling? Let’s check out some mood boards:


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For a relaxed vibe, pick a flowy fabric with a heavier weight to emphasize the drape. A bit of shine will elevate the look, or keep it casual with something more matte.


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Quality is key for achieving a workwear look. Genêt will pair beautifully with an elegant silk Mélilot or a Hoya blouse and heels.


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Linen in every color and every blend is perfect for Genêt. It’s a great breathable option for the warmer months! If you’re making a pair of breezy summer shorts, don’t be afraid to opt for something with a little more body, as the garment will remain fairly flexible.

Genêt is rated as an advanced pattern (4/5) because it features some trickier techniques like welt pockets and a zip fly, but there’s nothing to stop you from jumping in if you’re an intermediate sewist. All those bells and whistles make this an extra rewarding sew and are great for anybody looking to hone some more advanced sewing techniques.

Tomorrow we’ll take a closer look at the Hysope crop top! In the meantime, you can shop for Genêt as a PDF pattern in sizes 34-48 or 46-60.

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