The month of October we’re celebrating Pants Month here at Sew News. We’ll have tips and tricks for making pants of your own, as well as reviews from the editors of Sew News on their favorite pant patterns. Today we’re featuring Kate’s review of the Thurlow Trousers by Sewaholic Patterns.
Fabric: Stretch Twill Solid Khaki from Style Maker Fabrics
Any Adjustments: I chose a Sewaholic pattern because I knew they catered to pear shapes, which I am. Nevertheless, I should have made a muslin—I discovered far too late that I had a large crotch wrinkle that couldn’t be corrected in the fitting stage. I dropped the waistband 2” at center front, which helped, but I’ll need to do a pattern adjustment before making the pants again (and wear longer shirts with this particular pair).
Review: I decided that if I was going to sew pants, I was going to sew PANTS, so I went for a pattern that turned out to be a little intimidating. I was nervous, especially about the pockets and fly, but I followed the directions closely and everything came together really nicely. I’m particularly proud of how well the pockets turned out. There does seem to be some errata involving the waistband; it came up short and I found some reviews online that mentioned the same problem. I recommend waiting to cut the waistband until after the fly is in; measure the actual upper edge, compare to the waistband and add length if needed. It’s a little extra work, but the pants are worth it—they’re comfortable, cute and definitely don’t look homemade! I suggest using a fun coordinating cotton print for the pocket linings.
Kate wore her Gallery Tunic for this photoshoot—check out her discussion of Sewing the Gallery Tunic.