Hi again sewing folks. It’s August, and that means the weather is going to be colder at any moment. The temperature has already dropped a bit here this week. In the light of this, I have started at my autumn wardrobe with my make for Minerva Crafts Blogger Network this month. 

If you have been following me for a while, you might have noticed that I both make and wear a lot of dresses and skirts. But I have been trying slowly to make my way of learning more about my body and figure out more about the magic of making trousers.

The common knowledge is that trousers are tricky to start with, but if you first get the hang of it, you will be undefeated. I’m trying my best to gain as much knowledge about fitting as best I can. Previously, I have made jeans and jumpsuits and learned some fitting along the way. On to new adventures, trousers!

A few years ago I purchased the Ultimate Guide to Sewing & Fitting Trousers from Sew Over It with videos filmed by Lisa Comfort herself. The online class comes with two patterns, the Carrie trousers which are a loosely fitted pair of trousers and the Ultimate trousers which is a fitted pair.

I wanted a wardrobe staple and went with the color black as it goes with every top I have, and I’m lacking for bottoms that can be used with a lot of my other makes. I think it’s so fun to have a printed top or blouse, but then I don’t have any bottoms to go with it, and I can’t seem to figure out the print mixing thing.

I made the Ultimate Trousers. To my surprise, the pattern only consists of four pattern pieces. The front and back leg, and its facings. I made these trousers in no time! I did do some alterations, but I do think they fit pretty well. I especially like how high the waist goes, it just about covers my belly button. I only wish that the legs were tapered, but that is a quick fix.

Sewing up the Ultimate trousers I used the plain Stretch Cotton Fabric. The fabric has 97% cotton and 3% spandex. The spandex gives the trousers ease so that it is comfortable to wear, and the fabric is very soft as well.

I really like making trousers or bottoms in general with a bit of stretch in it. I think it looks more flattering on the body-hugging the curves in all the right places. That is why I think this fabric is so ideal to make trousers in. 

In the photos, I’ve paired my newly made trousers with a beloved glittery striped Agnes top with gathered sleeves, pattern from Tilly and the Buttons. 

That is all I had for this time. Next, I’m making myself a coat that will hopefully keep my dry this autumn. See you next time!