Choosing the right pair of trousers to sew for men can be quite challenging. Though I have sewn jeans before, smart trousers felt like a different thing all together. What I am learning from my year of sewing for my husband regularly is that you have to understand the male body type. So much is written about the female body type but for men the info is scant. Through trial and error I am gaining a better understanding of my husband’s build and what works.

A good tip is to start by looking at RTW trousers that fit and are loved. A tailored slim fit was the way to go based on an M&S pair that he likes and more importantly, I also like him in! Burda Pattern 6873 is a smart trousers pattern. It features a flat front, slant pockets, back pockets and a waistband variation. The back pockets have the option of a double welt or single welt pockets. I opted for single welt.

The M&S pair has been around for 4 years now. I really like that they are easy care and require little to no ironing. So when it came to fabric selection I was looking for an easy care fabric.

This is a Gabardine Fabric which is a polyester and viscose blend. Similar to a twill weave it has a diagonal rib on the right side which gives the subtest texture. It’s also very soft to the feel with a medium weight drape. I have washed it a couple of times without any incident either which is always a win my book.

Getting the right tightness is so important for a slim fit style like this. So that he doesn’t bend down and get a rip down the bum scenario – that’s why I'd advise making the full toile and get him to do lunges just to be on the safe side.

I quite like how this pattern turned out. The fit without any alterations was good but I had to reduce length by an inch because my husband has a long torso. The waist sits exactly where my husband prefers. He has a high waist so he prefers his trousers sit a little lower. Burda paper sewing pattern instructions are always excellent; I achieved great looking welt pockets and fly front zip by following them to the letter.

All in all – a well drafted men’s sewing pattern that I am certain to be making more in the future. As for his verdict – he loves his new trousers of course! A well fitted pair of trousers always looks good!

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