The almost perfect trousers! M5238 – FO 2/2012

Finally I’ve finished the trousers from the trouser fitting course I attended last year.

I have to tell you that when I first saw this pattern I wasn’t particularly overwhelmed, and, frankly, would never have picked it to make myself.


That would have been a mistake. Kudos to Celia!


Don’t get me wrong…I’ve tweaked the pattern a bit.  And wearing them I think I need to do the waistband again. It’s not quite snug enough and there’s a wee wrinkle just below the waistband at the back.  My bad!


And it’s a BIG but. (Rather than a big butt before all you wags go there!)


Did I just say that.  It’s just that they are so flipping comfortable.  My one pair of jeans are too short in the body and so uncomfortable that this is a revelation.  Trousers don’t need to be uncomfortable.  Who knew?

For these I redrafted the leg to make them considerably slimmer.  I love the finished look.  And though I thought I wouldn’t be, I’m completely converted to back zips.  I had plans to change these to fly fronts, but I’m not convinced I will just yet.  Although I seriously need to add pockets for the next iteration.

The fabric is an aubergine wool mix that I picked up from Badder Fabrics in  Hereford when we went to Ludlow.  My new favourite fabric.  Joy to sew.  Joy to wear.

I don’t think I’m ever going to get a perfectly smooth front because I’m so round in the tummy, but these are so lovely I’m willing to forgive.  And I’ve moved slightly in this picture so my leg is causing the folds.  And of course there’ll be folds when you move.  Duh!

But, I’m well on my way to hitting one of my 2012 goals…the perfect skinny trouser.

I think I should make another pair very soon to refine the pattern and fit, don’t you?

And to cap it all, when I’d finished these last night I realised that I had enough fabric left over to cut out another of these skirts:

Burda 8/2009

As the pattern was hanging right next to my sewing table…that’s what a did.

Rather a good day’s work, no?

PS. Badder Fabrics don’t have a website

but they will send out samples if you give them a ring and ask them to.

The owner is a most delightful lady.

 She was charming the day I shopped there and very helpful indeed.  

Just my opinion.

13 Responses to The almost perfect trousers! M5238 – FO 2/2012

  1. Jane says:

    Oh wow, these are lovely. Well done

  2. Sue Taylor says:

    Ooh la la! Tres elegant! I would always go for back or side zips given the choice. Makes for a much smoother front and no odd lumps under slimmer fitting tops that you don’t want to tuck in. Well done

  3. Very, very impressive. I´ve never thought of back or side zips but maybe I should as I have a decidedly rounded tummy, so maybe that would work better. The fabric looks gorgeous, you did a fantastic job, so professional.

    • PendleStitches says:

      Thank you so much. I am thrilled with these and the lovely clean lines you get by not having a fly front. And they’re super easy to sew because of it.

  4. KC says:

    Amazing work on the trousers! You look very slim and svelte in them. You must not be keeping up with your progress on your weight ticker, because no way that elegant form needs to shed another two stone.

    • PendleStitches says:

      Your comment completely made my day. Thank you…I’ve been smiling all day.
      That said I can assure you that the weight is lurking there, but not for much longer!

  5. Roobeedoo says:

    Shazzam! That is one seriously sharp pair of trousers! 🙂

  6. allisonC says:

    Never mind almost, the fit on the trousers looks completely perfect from here. I often do side zippers but they are a total pain to fit or adjust, back zippers are much more sensible!

    • Evie says:

      I’ve been against back zippers all my sewing life and I’m now converted. And they do make alteration so much easier…a must when, like me, you’re losing weight.
      Thank you.

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