Hey, meet my Ultimate Trousers pattern from Sew Over It! I’m really pleased with these. They take up a ridiculously small amount of fabric with only four pattern pieces. If you don’t have quite the two metres of fabric recommended by the pattern, don’t worry – you could almost certainly squeeze these out of 1.5 metres.
I made my trousers in a day course at Sew Over It Islington. I really enjoyed being back in a learning environment. Arguably, my skill set didn’t need a class to make these trousers, but I love a) the help with fitting and b) being around other Sewists and c) a great teacher. Can’t beat a great teacher. Even if you think you know everything, you don’t. I was able to observe and learn as significant amends were made to pattern pieces all around me and I don’t think there’s any over stating the tips you pick up just from other voices chatting as you stand at the ironing board.
The class provides a set of calicos in a variety of sizes. At the start of the day, you try on a toile in your given size and see what adjustments need to be made. My measurements had me down as a 14, but looking at the toiles I immediately grabbed a 16. The fit was pretty spot on, apart from some excess pinned out at the side seam legs and raising the waistline.
Any tips for taking a class? Take slippers! I learnt that a long time ago, during long evenings on my feet at Morley College. Can you spot the bent pin in this picture?
I’d also suggest wearing decent underwear and clothes that are easy to slip on and off. (For me, a jumper dress and leggings.) I must have climbed in and out of clothes half a dozen times during the class – and you do all end up flashing your knickers. In fact, we became pretty shameless in front of the class’s bay window!
These trousers were way easier to make than I expected, and surprisingly comfortable to wear when you consider that they’re made from woven fabric. This could become a real go-to pattern, but I’d expect to tweak the fit with every single make, because fabric choice makes such a difference. In the class I saw seven wildly different sets of fitting issues, because of different-shaped bodies and different fabric choices. The eternal fascination of sewing!
Where will my trouser making journey take me next? Do you have any tips of your own for sewing classes?