In Which I Attempt To Prove I’m Not a Complete Numpty

Remember my kimono wrap that turned into a Sorbetto top that was then turned into the bin….

..and my troubles with a crocheted dog’s nose?

Well, just to prove I can triumph from time to time, I will cast modesty aside and show you my Ultimate Trousers which fit me so well I daren’t put on or lose the tiniest bit of weight.

Made from this pattern by Sew Over It, they are very simple being four pieces plus a waist facing and an invisible side zip – the secret of course is getting the fit right.

I’m not overly keen on stylised pattern sleeve drawings because these trousers don’t really come out as narrow as that – well, not on my skinny legs they didn’t – but that can be changed along with the other fitting issues.

I signed up for a couple of lessons with a local teacher who is multi talented in that you can go to her with projects from patchwork to upholstery to dressmaking and lots of other things in between.  I thought if I could just get the fit right on these, being such a simple style,  I could use the altered pattern on any future trousers I might be tempted to make.

Anyway, it was very helpful to be pinned in professionally and guided through where I needed to make the alterations.  My crotch was O.K., you’ll be delighted to learn,  but my hips were way out and I wanted the legs narrower so I made the toile in a U.K. size 12 and then much pinning of seams was done by the teacher.    The resulting block veers between a size 8 in places through size 10 and I think the waist stayed at a size 12 albeit with a pinch taken out at centre front and back.  No wonder my original pair that I made straight out of the packet don’t come anywhere near fitting me.  Having said all that, there is a sew-along on Sew Over It’s blog which guides you through fitting issues but being professionally pinned in was very helpful as it would have been difficult to do that myself and it’s not something I would entrust to family members for many and various reasons.

So, a side view with me hitching up my t-shirt to show the whole thing.

and a back view to show you that success is possible even when you have a fear of trousers/pants which I was disappointed to find there is no word for – after all, there is even a word for a fear of beards (pogonophobia) and it’s not as if you see people running down the streets in panic when they see a bearded man or blocking up their chimneys at Christmas in case they catch sight of Father Christmas’s snowy white example.  Anyway, I digress.

This fabric was admired by those in the sewing class although I wouldn’t normally wear patterned trousers but this was something I had in my stash, I think originally intended for a shirt dress. However, they could be a wearable toile as long as I don’t eat too much or too little (the latter being less likely).

Anyway, I went to my bin, shook off all the bits of thread and pattern tissue paper thrown on top of it and retrieved the failed Sorbetto top.

I cut off the sleeves (which were a hack of the original pattern anyway) and bound the armholes with the same stuff I’d used for the neck….

….which looked fine and also served the purpose of getting rid of the slight puffiness on the shoulders I’d managed to incorporate when setting in the sleeves…..

……did a rolled hem on the overlocker

…… et voila.

It’s not perfect but it’s not in the bin either and Mlle. T. the Younger has already hung it up in her wardrobe ready for the warmer weather.

I’m now on the hunt for the perfect fabric to make another pair of trousers – not denim, not stretch and preferably not overly patterned – anybody got any suggestions?

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  1. #1 by claire93 on April 16, 2018 - 10:55

    those trousers look perfect on you, and ir makes rather a nice change to have trousers with a print.
    As for the top – so pleased to see you saved it!

    • #2 by tialys on April 16, 2018 - 12:15

      It’s apparently ‘trendy’ at the moment to have patterned trousers – though it’s very unlikely that news has reached the Ariege and possibly won’t ever do so 😉

  2. #3 by katechiconi on April 16, 2018 - 11:26

    They look good! So long as you wear them with a solid colour top, I think they should be fine. Don’t relegate them to toile status, celebrate them as your first *perfect* pair! And I’m glad you rescued the top, the fabric is too pretty to be adorning the bin. As for fitting, bring on the scanning computer that can measure you by ‘eye’ and produce a perfectly-fitting pattern, thereby doing away with the need to run the gauntlet of baring your person and being stuck with pins!

    • #4 by tialys on April 16, 2018 - 12:13

      Ooh, wouldn’t that be a good thing – it would earn the inventor a fortune too.
      Don’t worry – I won’t be matching paisley with checks or anything 😉

      • #5 by katechiconi on April 16, 2018 - 12:41

        I was thinking a navy or red T-shirt, myself!

  3. #6 by Jo on April 16, 2018 - 11:46

    Fabulous. The trousers look such a good fit and I like the patterned fabric. I’m so glad you managed to save the top, I’m sure it will get lots of use once the better weather arrives.

    • #7 by tialys on April 16, 2018 - 12:13

      Thanks Jo – they are a good fit and I can even sit down in them 🙂

  4. #8 by Catherine on April 16, 2018 - 14:06

    Very clever! They look a fabulous fit, and how wonderful to have someone to professionally fit you. I imagine, regardless of what you are making, it would make the world of difference, since so few of us are going to be ‘out of the box’ fits into the pattern.

    • #9 by tialys on April 18, 2018 - 08:11

      Thanks Catherine, I have bought books and even a Craftsy class online to learn how to make blocks for skirts and trousers but never got round to using any of them yet. In any case, it still very much helps to have a willing person to do the pinning.

  5. #10 by nanacathy2 on April 16, 2018 - 14:25

    I think they look jolly good indeed, and I would just like to put it on the record that I never thought you were a numpty.

  6. #12 by Lynda on April 16, 2018 - 14:37

    I have never made a pair of trousers I could wear, and good save on the top too. BRAVO! .

    • #13 by tialys on April 18, 2018 - 08:12

      Thanks Lynda – this is a first for me too and now, hopefully, I can do it again.

  7. #14 by sewchet on April 16, 2018 - 15:58

    Oh, good for you for saving the top – a nice gift for your daughter indeed. I saw some similar styled trousers in a cotton with watercolour-effect flowers that were absolutely gorgeous (and trendy, apparently). There was a matching shirt that some would say was too much, but I loved it. You’ll have to make several pairs to suit your mood now you’ve got the perfect toile.

    • #15 by tialys on April 18, 2018 - 08:13

      Thanks Sheila – I’m being told patterned trousers are quite ‘the thing’ in the U.K. so maybe I’ll put them in my cabin bag when I visit my daughter next week so that I’ll fit right in.

  8. #16 by mariannasew2pro on April 16, 2018 - 21:25

    The trousers look great Lynn, wear the with pride! You can’t get away from patterned ones in H&M an Gap and what would have looked unthinkable fifteen years ago is almost de riguer (but no one will have a pair that’s unique and so well-fitted as yours).
    And the Sorbetto is very elegant. Double score.

    • #17 by tialys on April 18, 2018 - 08:19

      I’m going to take them with me when I visit my daughter in Bournemouth next week – if she pretends not to be with me when I’m wearing them I’ll know not to frighten the residents of rural France with them. She’s given me a list of restaurants she’s going to take me to next week so they probably won’t fit me afterwards anyway 😉
      I say, ‘she’ll take me to’ but I imagine I’ll be paying ;

  9. #18 by The Snail of Happiness on April 17, 2018 - 08:41

    Gosh, they look absolutely fabulous I wish I could make myself trousers like those, but I am such a difficult shape that I think help from a professional like you got would be my only answer…and currently I’m too busy knitting (well, that’s my excuse anyway).

    • #19 by tialys on April 18, 2018 - 08:21

      Thank you! This particular pattern company (Sew Over It) do workshops where you make up the pattern and they show you how to fit it to your own body shape – I bought a workshop session for my daughter last Christmas. It’s in London though and I think you are further North but there are probably similar places in your area – when you get a moment that is!

      • #20 by The Snail of Happiness on April 18, 2018 - 10:41

        I live in far west Wales, so everywhere is inconvenient! I may take a look at a trip to London for such a workshop… I could combine it with other things, so it wouldn’t be a problem.

      • #21 by tialys on April 18, 2018 - 10:48

        Here’s a link to the class for the ‘ultimate trousers’ workshop. My daughter did this class and really enjoyed it – very nice people and a friendly atmosphere – plus she has a pair of trousers that fit her. Alternatively, they do online classes for this pattern too but I don’t think you can beat the ‘real life’ experience if at all possible.

      • #22 by The Snail of Happiness on April 18, 2018 - 12:28

        Thank you… I’ll have to work out if I could manage to fit it around other plans

  10. #23 by KerryCan on April 17, 2018 - 12:32

    Nobody here ever thought you were a numpty! It seems like such a luxury to get that kind of custom information about making trousers fit perfectly–they do look great!

    • #24 by tialys on April 18, 2018 - 08:25

      It’s quite handy because I have friends who go to the lessons regularly but I thought I’d just ‘pop in’ for a session or two when I need help with something specific. Next time I might go for help with pattern matching as I have a dress I want to make which has princess seams and a shaped waistline and I think it will be quite a challenge to match all those seams up.

  11. #25 by Oh Sew Tempting on April 17, 2018 - 17:58

    Your trousers would be very fashionable in the UK at the moment, The shops are full of printed slinkies 🙂 They’re a fabulous fit! So pleased to see the top made it back out of the bin as well.

    • #26 by tialys on April 18, 2018 - 08:22

      They haven’t reached rural France yet but I’m coming over to the U.K. next week so I’ll put them in my cabin bag.

  12. #27 by Kim on April 18, 2018 - 22:01

    The trousers look magnificent, and the print is gorgeous. I’m glad you rescued the lovely fabric – it really was pretty so it’s good that it’s going to be worn.
    You certainly aren’t a numpty!

    • #28 by tialys on April 19, 2018 - 08:15

      Thank you for that 🙂

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