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Classic trousers: Simple Sew Patterns

January 16, 2014

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As mentioned previously, I won a sewing pattern from the lovely people at Simple Sew Patterns just after Christmas. I was able to pick a pattern of my choice and having had a good look at their sewing patterns, I chose the classic trouser pattern.

Having never made trousers before, I was slightly daunted by the prospect, but I love a good challenge and the pattern seemed easy enough. I’m usually lazy when it comes to doing practice runs, but I made sure I did one with this pattern, as I wasn’t quite sure what size to go for. In the end I sized up and this was probably the best idea as I found the ankles were slightly small and would have been smaller yet if I’d gone down a size. Plus sizing up enables me to eat more food, and that’s not a bad thing.

The trouser pattern from Simple Sew Patterns

The trouser pattern from Simple Sew Patterns

I traced the pattern first, so that I could reuse it easily

I traced the pattern first, so that I could reuse it easily

A close up of the fabric I used

A close up of the fabric I used

I drafted pockets for my trousers. I used scraps of leftover fabric for these

I drafted pockets for my trousers and used scraps of leftover fabric for these

The pattern is for a peg leg style trouser with pleats in the waist and makes a very classic look. It’s a nice, easy pattern for anyone new to sewing trousers, but it is best if you’ve had some prior sewing experience first. The fabric I found (¬£4 a metre from my local craft shop) complimented the style of the trousers perfectly too. The blue tartan fabric has a touch of the old lady about it, but I like it. And it’s thick enough not to line it, which is always a winner in my book.

The trouser pattern can be found here. Let me know if you decide to make it.

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