Did I know how to sew trousers? No. But two Sewists* shamelessly Twitter goaded me into buying Burda 7017 (currently available for £2.93 here!) and some stretch cotton jaquard from The Man Outside Sainsburys.
For all those people out there who think they don’t know how to sew trousers, let me tell you – this was one of the most enjoyable sewing experiences I’ve had for ages. During the process, I was deeply reminded of the twin factors that first propelled me into sewing. Love of learning and a perfectionist streak. These trousers are by no means perfect, but the touch paper has definitely been lit. I want to make more trousers and make them better.
If you have a similair perfectionist streak, you may just have found your drug of choice. Look at all the details you can geek out over! Pleats, fly fronts, cuffs, waist bands and belt bands… So many details to get right. Heaven.
I cut out true to my size and the fit was great, other than around the waist. But the back seam, one of the last steps, allowed me to adjust fit. I took out a huge 1.5 inch chunk from either back seam at the waist, grading back out to normal seam allowances to accommodate my toosh. I took an inch out of the leg length and lowered the waistline by an inch.
Seams were either overlocked or pinked with pinking scissors. I did quite a lot of pinking, because the construction was such new territory for me. With dresses and skirts, I can look ahead and judge when to overlock a raw seam before construction. Not with these! I was entering unknown territory – and enjoying every moment.
I love my new trousers! Seriously, guys – go for it. Burda 7017 is a cracking pattern and I honestly didn’t find it that difficult. I do think these would look even better in a fabric with a tiny bit more drape. Thankfully, TMOS has already sold me the perfect wool/silk mix.
Are you tempted to make trousers? Or are you already a trouser expert? If so, any top tips? I’m bitten by the bug.