Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers

There is this common belief amongst sewing people, especially those new to sewing, that trousers are difficult to make.

Where this has come from, I have no idea. Let’s get one thing clear here – trousers are easy!

One of the first sewing patterns people try their hand at – and one I always get my GCSE textiles class to start with – is pyjama bottoms.  A pair of trousers is really not that much different.


That being said, I rarely make trousers. Not because they are difficult to make but, jeans aside, I just don’t really like wearing them. I tend to wear dresses and skirts which err on the side of vintage throughout the week and jeans or (forgive me, fashion police) jeggings on the weekend.

But I have had this Sew Over It Ultimate Trouser Pattern in my collection for ages now. Years. So I put it on my #2017makenine list to encourage me to make it.


I decided to make a toile for this pattern. Like I said, trousers are not particularly difficult, but you will probably need to do a few tweaks to get the perfect fit. And let’s face it, a saggy bum is never a good look.

For my toile I cut a UK size 12, my usual size in Sew Over It patterns, and this resulted in a pretty good fit on my hips and legs. I have quite chunky thighs though, so if you have slim legs you might find that you need to grade the leg seams in a little. The size 12 waist was much too big for me though and I ended up taking a good two inches off the side seams and a further half inch off the centre front and centre back seams.


To make these adjustments I tried the trousers on, inside out, and simply used pins and a pen to mark out the excess fabric. I then transferred the adjustments to my paper pattern pieces.

Onto the actual garment…

As well as not being much of a trouser wearer, I’m also really not at all keen on prints on trousers, so I went with a basic black cotton with a bit of a stretch for my trousers.


But then, the more the more I thought about it, I just could not see myself ever wearing a pair of plain black trousers.  My boyfriend even suggested, quite rightly, that I was just making them for the sake of it. They’re just not my style at all. So I decided to hack the pattern a little to create more of a cropped 1950’s capri pant style with little side vents at the bottom of the legs.

And just look how cute they are!


The fit is just perfect – seriously my bum has never looked so good in a pair of ready to wear trousers – and I love that they now have a bit of a vintage touch to them. This is much more my style.


I have not worn them yet but I will do, just as soon as it gets warm enough for me to flash some ankle. I can see these becoming a favourite in my spring/summer work day wardrobe.


And if you’re reading this and you are one of those who has always been too scared to tackle trousers, just do it, they honestly are a lot easier than you think.

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7 comments

  1. They look great, love the cropped style. I’ve not attempted trousers yet (have made pj bottoms though) it’s something I want to have a go at this year but I keep putting it off due to living in jeans/jeggings, I think a cropped pair might be the answer, with little side vents too.

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  2. I beg to differ, some styles of trousers are a doddle to make but other styles are difficult if you want them to fit really well and you have a problematic figure- doesn’t everyone?!. Pyjama style, oxford bags, palazzo pants are very forgiving but it is a different matter when it comes to close-fitting cigarette pants or jeans where you want a sleek look with no bagging under the buttocks, straining at the crotch or too tight or too baggy at the thighs.

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    • Fair enough. Some trousers of course are more difficult to fit than others. But I don’t necessarily think they are more difficult to make than a well fitted dress for example. I certainly don’t think people should be so scared to attempt them. I teach trouser making quite early on in the course to try to break this fear! Not sure it works though! 🙂

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  3. These look great – I think you did right to shorten them. I’m a bit scared to make trousers but everyone is recommending these and it’s good to see your tips on fitting them so I can try it myself!

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