I have never sewn clothes before – a year ago I started a dress and it is still on the unfinished pile. I am more into cushions, handbags, wallets,… anything where size doesn’t matter. However, in our trip to Potter´s I got an awesome piece of light blue cotton and I thought it would be great for a pair of trousers.
Long time ago I saw this free pattern in the burdatyle website. It says it is for novice! Perfect!
Pattern sizing: The pattern has indications for size 36 to 42 (and explains how to make it bigger). I cut a 40 but I realised (once cut, damm it!) that my printer has shrank the pattern by putting white margins on the pattern (rockie mistake!)
Were the instructions easy to follow? Easy! I encounter one problem but it was my own fault. Because the cotton was very see-through I decided to put two layers of fabric. The problem was that then I didn´t know what was right and what was the wrong side and I sewed two left legs! So, unsew one leg, sew it again and I was back on track.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the width on the legs. I found it very flattering for people with big tights (like me). I didn´t like the length (so I changed that)
Fabric use: Cotton from Potter´s and a old grey T-shirt for the waist.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made them longer than the pattern suggested. The pattern is meant to be just above the knee, but I want it up to half my calf (I think it is more stylish!)
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I definitely will be sewing it again (will print it properly though!). It may be ´too-simple´ for experience sewers as it is not really a challenge but I like it 🙂
So, the final product is on the left. Due to my stupidity when printing the pattern, it turned out too tight on my hips, but I have learnt my lesson.
I would love to sew it again with two alterations: full length and higher waist. I have the full length under control, but I am not sure how to make it higher waist, I would love it to look like this trousers from HarveyCloth: