Hello everyone!

Although I work from home I like to have pretty office wear. I’ve been lusting for the Sasha Trousers from Closet Case for a while, so I felt it was time to make myself a pair. As such I have chosen this pattern for this month’s make for the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network.

I thought that this polyester, viscose & lycra Pinstripe Stretch Suiting Fabric would be perfect for this pattern as I wanted the trousers to be used mainly at the office. The classic tailored details with a flattering mid-rise and slim tapered leg in stretch fabric make this trousers comfortable to wear all day. For the pockets lining I used some leftover cotton chambray that I had in my stash.

After checking the sizing on the pattern envelope, I cut a size 6 to make view A without the back welt pockets. I did not shorten the trouser length to match my height because I wanted them to be a bit longer on me.

The instruction booklet is well organised and gives enough information on how to put the trousers together. But if you feel that you need more help with them, there is a very detailed sew-along on Closet Case blog to follow. I only used the instructions to construct the front trouser fly. For the rest of the construction the diagrams were enough for me. I have to say that I am totally impressed with the fly instructions. My finished one is just perfect.

Once the zipper was inserted everything else came together really fast. I used the overlocker to finish the edges of the seams as I constructed them so they looked pretty on the inside as well. Once I finished them I tried my new trousers on and felt that they were a bit to tight around the thigh area, therefore, I let them out a little ending with a seam of 1 cm from the abdomen to the knee. They are a tad too tight still, so next time I am making this pattern I will trace between sizes from the abdomen to allow a bit more space for my thighs.

Although a bit on the tight side, I am quite pleased with my new trousers. They are very comfortable to wear and look very office appropriate, in part due to the pinstriped fabric as well. By the way the fabric was a dream to work with.

For the blog I have taken a few pictures with a top tucked in to show the fit, However, my preferred styling for these thousers is with a top that sits over the waistband. I feel that the first styling is more flattering for my figure. Maybe I’ll change my mind once I make another version that has a bit more space around the tummy-thigh area.

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All in all, this is a great pattern that I will be making again and again.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Sasha Trousers by Closet Case Patterns

Fabric: 1.6mt Stretch Suiting Fabric

Notions: interfacing, metal trouser zipper 7” 5/8” button, sew in hook and bar closure

Sewing time: in total approx 5h (including tracing the pattern)

Modifications: I made a straight size 6 of View A without the back trousers

Fit: good. On me they look a bit longer as I am only 5ft2 (1.57m) and made no modifications to the length. Thought I think they are a bit to tight across my thighs

Difficulty: advanced beginner.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?: yes

Watch out for: nothing in particular. The instructions are very well written and easy to follow. For more details on constructions one can use the sew-along posts on the Closet Case blog.

Make Again?: Yes. On next version I’ll trace between size 6 and 8 from waist to hip to allow for more space for my body in this area.

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Simona

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