I was delighted to be asked to be a part of the Like Sew Amazing Blog Squad along along with some very talented sewists.
I’ve made the Ultimate Trousers before, so this time I decided to do a hack to raise the waist and add a waistband. Lisa has a good tutorial to this on the Sew Over It vlog. The other alteration I made was to add 4” to the leg length (I’m 5’8” so I normally need to lengthen trousers anyway) I managed to get the fit pretty good just by adjusting the back darts slightly. The stretch cotton really helps with the fit as it’s more forgiving than a rigid woven fabric.
I really struggle to find decent quality stretch cotton in plain colours for basic, everyday clothes. There are lots of florals and bold prints around, but I’m a fan of making clothes that get a lot of wear. This stretch cotton is a perfect match for the Ultimate Trousers. It has a decent amount of stretch and good recovery. I can wear these trousers all day and they still look good at the end of the day! There is a very slight sheen to the cotton, but it is still fine for everyday wear, it's not noticeably shiny like a lot of cotton sateens.
The fabric was very easy to work with and sewed and pressed easily. I think if you are new to trouser making this combination of pattern and fabric is a real winner, it is a very straightforward pattern (especially if you don't do the waistband hack).
I think this fabric would also work well for the Closet Case Files Sasha Pants or a pencil skirt or fitted dress. It’s a lovely weight for this time of year too, not too thick or heavy.
I’m very pleased with my trousers and I know they will get a lot of wear.