Amanda’s Ultimate Trousers
Hi everyone, welcome to my first post as part of the blogger team! I am so looking forward to being part of this team and seeing all of the lovely makes by my fellow bloggers.
When asked to choose my fabric from the online store I have to admit it took me a while as there is so much to choose from. I browsed the shop on at least 5 occasions before I managed to come to a decision! As you can see I went for this beautiful Candy Swallows Stretch Cotton in the grey colourway as I had been eyeing it since it was listed on the site, for a pair of Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers.
Anyone who follows me on Instagram or watches my YouTube channel knows I am completely obsessed with Sew Over It and I already have 4 pairs of Ultimate Trousers but I think you can never have too many. Am I right?!?!? Ultimate Trousers are perfect for this time of year and I live in them throughout the summer. Either a Stretch Cotton or a Stretch Denim is ideal for this pattern and it is also quite a conservative make as far as fabric requirements go. Ticks all the boxes in my opinion!
I love the Sewisfaction packaging so much, as anyone who has ordered will know, it is delivered in a metallic cerise pink jiffy type bag and is beautifully wrapped. It is such a lovely touch, however, it gives me no opportunity to gloss over what the parcel is when my husband sees it, as he’s fully aware what’s inside!!
I was keen to check out my fabric and I was not disappointed. I have to admit a photo cannot do it justice as it is so beautiful. The fabric is a Stretch Cotton Sateen so it has a lovely sheen. It has a silvery grey background with a slight taupe tone and the print is really striking. The fabric has a good amount of stretch and structure so is perfect for trousers, tailored shorts, skirts or lightweight jackets.
I made a size 8 and my measurements are waist 25”, hips 35” and my inseam is 36”. I managed to get my trousers out of about 1.25 metres so I think the information given on the pattern with regard to fabric requirements is pretty accurate.
With regard to the length, as I have long legs, I added about 3 inches and they still came up capri style on me. The pattern states the finished measurements are 36.5” from waist to hem so I definitely needed to add length. I have to admit I prefer capri style to the intended ankle grazing length for my shape as I find it more flattering.
These trousers also do not have a waistband but a waist facing instead which is the same technique as the Sew Over It Ultimate Pencil Skirt. As you can see from the images I have added a waistband to mine as I feel like I need a bit more stability to keep them in place. The way I do this is really simple; I use the facing pieces provided in the pattern and cut 1 pair of each. I then interface one back and one front piece and attach it as a normal waistband. As the facing is already the same length as the top of the trousers and the short edges are angled this seems to give me the perfect fit. I then, of course, adjust the zip placement so it zips through the waistband and right up to the top of the trousers.
I also stitch in the ditch rather than slip stitch my waistband in place as I am lazy and hand sewing is not my forte but I don’t think it really notices as no-one is going to be getting that close to my trousers. Although they might, given how lovely they are!!!
As I have made these trousers before I have adjusted my pattern but if you were making these for the first time I would advise that you might need to adjust the crotch area as there seems to be a lot of excess fabric in that area. When I first made these trousers a couple of years ago I had to reshape the crotch curve to get it right. I just used a pattern for a pair of trousers I had made that I knew fitted me well as a template. Now I have the fit right these are a relatively quick sew as they take me about 2 hours from start to finish. It is also worth bearing in mind if you are making these from Stretch Cotton to make them just slightly smaller than you would like as the fabric does tend to stretch out with wear and no-one likes a saggy butt on their Ultimate Trousers do they?!
This fabric is perfect and I’m totally in love with them. I have actually given them a test run already and received lots of lovely comments.
I can’t wait to see the next blogger post which is due at the end of the month, as from what I can gather it is going to be awesome!
You can buy the Candy Swallows Fabric featured in Amanda’s post in Grey, Blue or Pink here. The rest of our Stretch Cotton range can be found here.
Amanda also blogs at www.isewalot.wordpress.com and you can watch her fabulous vlogs on her YouTube channel!