We Can Sew It: Trousers for beginners

Who’s ready to tackle some trousers?

If you’re still ambivalent, check out these patterns for inspiration. They should all be suitable for beginner/intermediate sewers making their first pair of trews.

Sewaholic – Thurlow


Thurlow is a great pattern from Sewaholic which comes in two versions – you can either make a pair of cuffed shorts or full-length, slightly flared trousers. According to the pattern’s description, the centre back seam has extra-wide seam allowances, which should be handy if you have issues with trousers fitting properly at the waist.

A more challenging aspect (which takes it up to the intermediate zone in my opinion) is the front fly zipper. But if you’re ready for a challenge, then there’s no reason you can’t have a go.

Butterick – B5895


You all know I’m a big Gertie fangirl, so I couldn’t not include these trousers from Butterick’s Patterns by Gertie range. Probably not an ideal length for the UK’s plummeting temperatures, but the cropped length on this pair is really cute. An extra bonus is no fly-zipper, hurrah! Instead, the zip’s at centre back of the trousers. There’s also a great cropped shirt with kimono sleeves included to boot.

Rochelle made a pair of these not so long ago and it’s definitely worth reading her review of the pattern – it seems there can be some sizing issues if her experience is anything to go by, so be sure to make a muslin.

Vogue 8604


I’ve wanted to make this pattern for absolutely ages, though I’m not entirely sure I could pull off such a huge flare! As you’ve probably guessed by now, a high-waisted trouser is well up my street. The front is shaped with a pair of pleats and, once again, there’s no need to make a fly zipper because the zip is at the back. These would be great as a pair of jeans, as

Colette Patterns – Clover


And I’ve saved the best ’til last. Well, the best in my humble opinion. I’ve decided to go for Clover from Colette Patterns – I love the shape, I love that it comes in two lengths and, well, I’d already bought it before I wrote this post. Ha! So Clover it is. I’m hoping they won’t be too much of a nightmare to fit, but the pattern is classed as suitable for beginners and – you guessed it – there’s no fly to worry about here either.

Anyone making one of these patterns? Or are you planning to go for something else entirely?

And in case you’re interested – I made a little Pinterest board of these patterns made up by other sewing bloggers.

The Weekend Reading List

My week has been full of everything but¬†sewing! I’ve still been keeping tabs on my favourite blogs – here are some posts which may tickle your fancies too!

Tilly popped up a tutorial for puff sleeves yesterday, the same as those featured on her latest button back blouse. I love a good tutorial, and Tilly’s are always very helpful.

It’s not about sewing per se, but Miss Katie wrote an excellent post this week, hitting back at women looking down on those who enjoy past-times traditionally associated with females. She says it a lot better than I do, go read!

This post from Tasia at Sewaholic earlier in the week caught my eye. She asks: “How¬†does your partner feel about your love of sewing?” It’s worth delving into the comments as well as reading the post itself, maybe even share your own experiences!

Speaking of reading comments – have a look at those on my last post about getting rid of old clothes, it’s been great to read people’s experiences with textile recycling. On a similar, sustainable, note, Zoe has a great post about commercial consumption which is, as always, very thought-provoking.

Happy reading!