Thursday, 25 January 2018

Winter Trews

Thanks for buoying me up this week, you are a lovely lot.
It is that time of the month where I share some fabric from Minerva Crafts.I made these a while ago but let me just say, it is pretty difficult to photograph a pair of conker brown trousers in the January light but I have done my best.

They are sailor trousers from the Simple Sew 4 in 1 pattern named The Shannon collection but you could use this pattern here or here for a similar flat front, side zip and high waisted trouser.

Even thought they are high waisted in style, I still took some out of the depth because I am short waisted. In fact, the whole pattern was a bit of a gamble for me to try in the first place but I have been so lucky that the body part fits really well without any adjustments. I cut a UK 14 to allow plenty of hip and thigh room but had to take the waist in.

I used the buttons on the pockets not only as decor but I stitched straight through the top ones to stop the pockets gaping when I sit down. It works well like this. I remembered to measure my hand to check I could still get in them!

The bottoms were far too wide and large for me so I took them in and hemmed them according to the shoes I will be wearing with them. The fabric is really good and looks very smart. 

The fit on the back is brilliant considering I didn't make any crotch seam mods. They are easy to move around in (as shown!)

They make great work trousers for Winter. I have worn them quite a few times since making them over the Christmas holidays.

Here are the details. The fabric pressed really well and has a fuss free mat finish. It comes in so many other colours. I cut the fabric with pinking shears because it does fray quite quickly but other than that, a great winter fabric.

Do you know, I didn't have high hopes for these half way through making them but now they are finished, I totally love them. 

Thanks for looking. Jo xxxx


  1. They look wonderful, you are one talented lady.

  2. Ooh, I love these! They looks lovely, especially with just a simple white top.

  3. Gorgeous! I love the colour, the design and the fit! Off to have a look at the fabric on the Minerva site.

  4. They look very stylish. A great work wardrobe staple!

  5. Very nice! I'm going to dip my toe back into the world of dress making, I haven't done any for over 25 years

  6. Gorgeous pants Jo, they look wonderful on you.

  7. You are a very good Model and the trousers are Great.x

  8. These are lovely, the high waist looks great. Have missed reading your blog, Ive been so busy at uni and on placement that sewing has taken a back seat. Hoping to get a better work life balance and find more time for craft.

  9. Jo they are lovely! I really like the brown too, and they're such a good fit.