Mastering Tricky Trousers
Mastering Tricky Trousers
Mastering Tricky Trousers
Mastering Tricky Trousers

Mastering Tricky Trousers

Regular price £135.00
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Getting the fit right when making a pair of trousers can seem impossible, but with this workshop you will be guided through the various skills and techniques required to get that great fit!

Choose from two different patterns to suit your shape and style 

The Chanterelle Pants and shorts by Sew Liberated feature a comfortable and easy-to-fit elastic waist, wide leg, barrel leg, and shorts views, Chanterelle will fill any gap in your wardrobe and be an all-seasons piece for years to come.

The Emerson pattern is a pull-on crop pant or short with an elasticized back and flat front waistband. Views A and B have a mid rise that sits just below the natural waist. Views C and D have a high rise that sits over the belly button. All views have front pleats and side pockets. Views A and C are a cropped, wide leg pant, hitting a couple of inches above the ankle. Views B and D are a short with an approximate 4 inch inseam.

The workshop will generally follow this plan:

To start with you will discuss your patterns, you will be taught how to measure properly and how to choose which size to do based on those measurements. From there you will be guided through tracing your pattern and how to make any initial pattern adjustments. You will then cut out your pattern pieces in your toiling fabric. You will then sew up your toile ready for it to be fitted to you after lunch. 

In the afternoon you will learn how to evaluate the fit of your toile and how to adjust it to get your trousers looking exactly as you want them. You will then learn how to make the relevant adjustments to your paper pattern. At this point you will now be able to cut your trousers out in your actual fabric, either in the workshop or at home ready for the second day.

On the second day you will be sewing up your trousers in your final fabric. There will be short demonstrations of skills throughout as well as individual support.

What you will learn includes: (depending on which trouser you make)

Measuring and selecting the correct size

Cutting out and making a toile

Evaluating and adjusting fit 

Adapting paper pattern to get the perfect fit

Using interfacing

Seam neatening techniques

Applying a waistline facing 

Applying a waistband

Attaching belt loops

Hemming techniques

What you will need:

Sewing machine threaded and working (if you require to use one of our machines please advise us during booking as we have a limited number of machines available)

Sewing kit

Fabric and notions for your chosen trousers size and length – a detailed tick list will be sent to you once you have booked on the course with full details


Intermediate and advanced

You must have used a sewing machine before and sewn a number of garments.

Duration: 14 hours 

Please note we try to calculate how long a workshop will be and plan to finish each garment in the allocated time but this isn’t always possible. If you are unable to finish in the workshop time we will make sure you are confident to finish your garment at home.

We need a minimum of 5 people for this workshop to go ahead. If this number isn’t reached by one week before the class, we will be contacting you with an alternative date. If you are unable to re-schedule we offer a full refund. 

Why not see if a friend wants to join you and get 10% off both your workshops when booked together?

Please read our workshop cancellation policy before booking your class

Make Workshop Cancellation Policy 

Why choose us?

A small business giving the best customer service


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Myself and my daughter came in to choose a pattern to get us back into sewing again. Lizzy was so helpful, talking us through all of the patterns she has and what fabrics would suit the pattern and our skill level. We are so exicited to get started and thats thanks to Lizzy's patience and help in the shop. We can't wait to come on one of your workshops.

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