Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers x3

Boy you’re in for a bumper blog post today!  Not one, not two, but THREE new makes – from the new  Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers pattern.  I will be showing you the “test” shorts, a looser fit linen pair of Ultimates & then my favorite ditsy floral Ultimates.  So let’s begin.  I’m afraid it is a longer than normal post with even more pictures.  Can you stand it?  maybe not.  You can always tune out 🙂

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When I saw the design I was ever curious, after my Colette Clover fitting histories how would the Ultimate Trousers measure up? I noticed that unlike the Clovers, the Ultimate trousers do not require stretch fabric.  Hmm. Interesting I thought.  And to be honest, I couldn’t wait to be let loose on them, thinking that the shorts would be a good test make and potentially offer up something for my holidays.

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Never being over cocky with trouser making I opted to make a test pair of shorts out of some striped drill that I’d used to make my Vintage vogue ( Butlins) jacket.  Shorts are ace- they do not take much fabric at all! Bargain!  I whipped these shorts up, and tried them on before adding the zip and facing.  How strange. They appeared to fit with the exception of needing to take out a mini 1″ long wedge at CB and CF.  Putting the zip in next, trying on before adding the facing, all was looking good still.  I was floating on a cloud! They really are the ultimate trousers for me. I like the way that they sit an inch below your belly button.  The crotch line is *my* crotch line. I wouldn’t assume that it will be right for everyone but it works perfectly for me.  I went ahead and got the shorts made up to hem them.  They have cute turn ups which means that there is a big hem allowance to enable this.  The only thing that didn’t work for me with the fit of these shorts was the width of the leg, at hem line, with the added bulk of the turn up.  Clearly my over muscular runner’s hamstrings ( !!!!!) made the leg width at the point at which the turn ups sit, too snug.

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Once I took the turn up off, they were fine.   So even with no revisions to the leg width they would make a cool pair of almost Bermudas too?!  But not in this fabric.  I will be making them with turn ups & adding a smidgeon to the lower width of the leg as I really like the length with the turn up & they are such a good fit.

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And not as a suit. Hahahaha

So what did I make next? Why, a pair of longs! I made them out of some kind of linen mix bought with Rachel and Jane at an off the beaten track drapers near Goldhawk road.  Exceedingly cheap and dispensable should it not work out.  It’s got a nice stripe to it, and it was initially going to be a BHL Victoria blazer….

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But then spontaneity kicked in & they were destined for Ultimates!

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Due to a. My runner’s leg discoveries as shorts and b.being linen I didn’t want the trousers to be too tight and bag and sag in an unsightly fashion, so when I cut them out I added a little bit to the leg width from upper thigh all the way down.

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And made these trousers as per instructions.  Except using a lapped zip as I didn’t have an invisible zip. I think they’re great. Once again, even though the fabric has a different quality, is thinner and less robust, the crotch line works for my ‘undercarriage’ ( that is such a granny phrase, isn’t it!!)

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I realise I have made them with a looser leg, but that is by my design and I still think they look sharp- I didn’t want a tight pair of linen trousers, remember.

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And I am loving what the striped linen pairs with. This is my Liberty top which I love wearing because it always reminds me that the fabric was a gift from my boys….

Now for those Dandy trews shown at the very head of this post. My latest pair of Ultimates. And boy are they groovy – I’ve made them tighter in the leg & they are dandy with a capital “D”! Party pants!

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I made these using some ditsy floral twill I scored on Ebay yonks ago, thinking at the time that I’d make a Colette Ginger skirt or a floral jacket with it.

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And then came along the Ultimates. This fabric is light weight enough for summer to early autumn wearing, but firm enough to get a bit closer in the leg without suffering from too much strain.

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It was a case of fit as you go – sew them, try them on, pin a bit more out of the leg until happy. And I am happy. Boy am I happy with these funky pants.

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And what gets me is that they fit so nicely, are tightly fitted trousers, but have no lycra whatsoever – yet are supremely comfortable. It is a revelation I tell you.

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Now if you are a little cautious about making trousers this is a simple pattern to make up, & what’s more there is a sewalong on the Sew Over It blog guiding you through each stage. Might make it easier for you to take the plunge!

Me? I see many more of these to come- I am thinking a solid colour for work, & maybe using some bright blue denim- it has lycra in it though, so I may reserve that for trousers that need it! Plenty of time to think on it though…..

26 thoughts on “Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers x3

  1. MrsC (Maryanne

    Gosh those grey ones look perfect with your Liberty top! And they all look fab. I can totally understand your delight in finding a trews pattern that fits you right, they can be such a ‘mare!

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  2. Jane

    What I really want to know is why you don’t wear the red stripey shorts , jacket and wig combo more often, it’s delightful!! 😉 Very good to know this pattern is so well cut as the ultimate trousers are on my Autumn sewing list. Love the full length floral ones, they look great on you. Funnily enough, I got that same stripey fabric out the other day to make Louis some PJ bottoms, haven’t made them yet, far too lazy… X

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Haha! I was surprised how swanky the shorts & jacket look together ! 😉
      They are on my autumn sewing list as well – hahaha!! I am getting a bit addicted to making them. ANd that stripey fabric is gorgeous! Considering its cost ……

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  3. Houseofpinheiro

    Those are brilhanttttttt. I have made two pairs and planning a few other. The shorts and jacket combo is perfect for match suit trend.

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      On the shorts/ jacket thing I could be a trend setter – but in this case I will let someone else do it! I do think these are compulsive- theyre pretty speedy once you work out what (if any adjustments) you need to make …

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      I agree with you on the fabric cost thing for first few makes. My shorts are definitely the test out of fabric that was expendable…..& it helped me work out what was what for the trousers I did want to make. You need to get a feel for just how much alteration is in store when it’s a new pattern, don’t you?

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      I think they would- the construction is very simple – you just need to be able to insert a zip. It’s the fitting that requires a little more time & there is quite a lot of help online (& in books like pants for real people) that help pin point solutions to fit problems. It’s a learning curve, but totally worthwhile.

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  4. carlalissa

    You got me just with the pictures…. Love that slim look of the pants on you! The more I read the more convinced I was sold. Gotta have them! LOL
    Love the floral, love the linen and love the shorts and the whole ensemble. 🙂

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  5. Jenna

    The are amazing, I love the floral ones but I would totally wear the stripes with the blazer as a suit!! I need to bite the bullet and make some trousers for my autumn/winter wardrobe, perhaps this would be a good pattern to ease my way in rather than going straight for jeans, which terrify me!

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