Ultimate Trousers…or not!

I finally got round to making myself a pair of trousers last week and they’ve come out OK, not amazing but certainly wearable.

I bought the fabric last year in Fabworks, it’s medium weight and it has a slight stretch to it, not a lot, but just a bit of give. I decided to use the Ultimate Trouser pattern by Sew Over It, I used it back in 2017 with a very stretchy jacquard fabric and I still wear them a lot. With those I felt they were quite roomy, so rather than adding a side zip I added a waistband with some elastic. They still fit me fine so I just went with the size 14 I’d cut out before…

What I didn’t take into account was my fluctuating weight, due to thyroid issues over the last twelve months I’ve lost and then regained a stone in weight, and those trousers are so stretchy they are very forgiving! I made the trousers up and at the first try on thought, ooh, they’re a bit snug! I decided to unpick the side seams and restitch them with a minimum seam allowance, probably gaining me half an inch on each leg, it was just enough to make a difference.

I stitched in the invisible side zip – it would be more invisible if I didn’t end up with that uneven gap just below it – next time I’m going to stitch the side seam after I’ve put the zip in. Instead I just fudged it a bit and slip-stitched the edges together.

The pattern has a drop waist with a facing, I’d already decided I wanted it a bit higher, I also decided to add a waistband, I just cut a 3″ strip and stitched it round, with hindsight I’d have been better with a four inch one to make it a bit more comfortable.

All in all, they don’t look bad, apart from the waistband they’re pretty comfortable, I can see me getting a fair bit of casual wear out of them – especially if I manage to lose a bit of that stone!! I’d had them on for several hours on the photos, hence the creases and please excuse the dozy look, I was still recovering from a night shift!

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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11 Responses to Ultimate Trousers…or not!

  1. mandycurrie says:

    Hello Margaret, your trousers are lovely. You are so brave to attach dressmaking like you do. I like the fit, I always have trouble with shop bought trousers. Regards Mandy xx

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  2. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    You know you will have a perfect fit when you make them yourself. I have all of these questions and concerns when I purchase trousers. Well done I say.

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  3. kathyreeves says:

    Those look like they need minimal tweaking if any. With your thyroid issues, I’d say wait and see, they will probably be perfect the next time you wear them. 🙂 Well done!

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  4. tialys says:

    I’ve made these and had quite a few fitting issues with the pattern but can’t remember why now. I do remember having to make a lot of alterations and make almost a whole new pattern piece so I think the ‘Ultimate Trousers’ title is a bit of wishful thinking on the part of the designers especially as I’m a pretty standard size and don’t have any trouble getting RTW trousers to fit.
    You don’t look as if you need to lose a stone to me btw.

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  5. nanacathy2 says:

    Very snazzy, but weren’t you a bit chilly out there?

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Thanks Cathy, the jacquard ones were taken a couple of summers ago, otherwise I would have been one big goosebump! I chickened out of going outside this time and used the conservatory 🙂


  6. Well – you made them and gain lessons! I am always in awe of you!

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