Simplicity 1918 – Amazing Fit Trousers? (+ a GIVEAWAY!)

Sooooo…this post marks a bit of a dressmaking milestone for me. πŸ™‚ My first ever pair of trousers. Simplicity 1918 – from their Amazing Fit range. (View C minus the tabs πŸ˜‰ What say you peops? Are Simplicity right? Are these indeed an amazing fit? I must admit….I’m seriously impressed. This was actually meant to be a 1st toile. I never anticipated ending up with a pair of trousers I could actually wear with the first attempt. I pictured re-pinning, tracing, redrawing crotch curves. I was ready for a battle. But no. I cut the pattern (not quite according to the instructions, more on that in a bit). I sewed them up according to the instructions. I put them on; and apart from a teeny adjustment at the waist and hip (more on that in a bit); this is how they fit pretty much straight out of the packet….they’re made from a lightweight pure wool check bought for Β£1.60 at the craft jumble I mentioned previously…

Having read numerous horror stories about crotch length and rise and drag lines; I’d kind of built up trouser sewing in my head as a bit of a mountain that I wasn’t sure I wanted to climb. I mean any area of sewing that requires a plethora of books and classes aimed solely at achieving a good fit, has got to be head bangingly frustrating right? Well, that was the view I held at any rate.

When Simplicity asked me if I’d like to pick out a pattern to test out, I saw it as a great opportunity to slay the trouser beast. Especially when my eyes alighted on the words “Amazing Fit” and “Trousers” on the same pattern envelope. I thought it HAD to improve my chances of success. The schtick here, is that this range of patterns comes not only in a the usual range of sizes, but also in 3 separate figure types. Slim, average and curvy. Welcome acknowledgement at last from one of the big 4; that we do actually come in different shapes and sizes….amen to that!

So…how good is the fit? Here they are from various angles. I’m no expert of course. But to my mind, there are no areas that are pulling, there are no areas that are bagging. Nothing is twisting, side seams are perpendicular to the floor and the fabric lays smooth across the front and backside; and I can move about, sit down and stand up with no strain on any seam and what’s more, they are VERY comfy. Is it me? Or is this a bit of a result for a first pass??!

A word or two on Sizing:
The only time that I deviated from the instructions was when it came to selecting which size to cut. According to my measurements, I should’ve cut a 16. Wasn’t convinced by that AT all. (Commercial patterns always seem to equate to excessive ease in my experience) Especially taking into account that the pattern cites 4 – 4 1/2″ of wearing ease included. I am a 40″ hip. Cutting a 16, according to the pattern envelope, would’ve given me a finished garment measurement of 44″ at the hip. A size 14″ however, would give me a finished garment measurement of 42″ at the hip. Better πŸ™‚ That’s my hip measurement + 2″ of wearing ease. Plus, there’s a generous seam allowance (a full 1″) built into this pattern at the waist/hip seams and centre back seam to allow for adjustments. No worries then! So that’s what I went for. I cut a 14 “average” because my crotch length dictates that I am of average shape πŸ˜‰ Once I’d Β basted them together, the only adjustment I needed to make was to let the waist out by about 2-3mm each side, and shave the hip curve off because basically, I’m pretty much straight up and down and don’t need my trousers to curve out much at all at the hip. That’s it.

Next time:
The only changes I would make on future makes (and there will be some for sure) would be to narrow the bottom leg slightly (a teeny bit flappy) and sew a better fly front. This was also my first time ever sewing a fly front. It turned out ok but you can still see my zip a bit; which is not the idea methinks! But thanks to your suggestions on fly tutes; (Thankyou so much!) I’m confident I’ll do better next time!

Overall though, I’m totally impressed with this pattern; and it has me wondering if other patterns in this range are worth my attention. After all; how many times does a pattern fit you pretty much perfect, straight out of the packet?? For me, never, until this one!

Giveaway Conditions:
Sooooo, the lovely folks at Simplicity sent me 2 copies of this pattern. So that means I have one left to give away to one of you! The giveaway pattern is the very same pattern Simplicity 1918 in a size 14-22.

The giveaway is open Worldwide and all you have to do to enter is leave a comment below; tell me if you’ve ever found a pattern that fit you straight out of the packet, and what it is please?! If you’ve never been that lucky, then just tell me an interesting sewing or fitting tip or failing that; just something interesting! You don’t have to follow this blog or like my facebook page or any of that malarkey! Just don’t put “yes please” or anything like that cos well, that’s just boring πŸ˜‰

Giveaway ends on Wednesday 17th July at midnight GMT and results will be announced on Thursday 18th July. Good Luck!


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  1. flowergarden129 July 7, 2013

    I’ve always been afraid of sewing trousers too, so I’d be excited to give them a try. Yours certainly look great on you. Please enter me in your give-away.

  2. Mrs. Burris July 7, 2013

    I am of the curvy body type so this pattern sounds like one I should try. I have sewn quite a few pairs of pants, and I wear many of them, but I’m still looking for the “Holy Grail” of pants patterns! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on ease, too. I need to try less ease, I think.

  3. DressUpNotDown July 7, 2013

    I haven’t done trousers (yet), but I just finished a VERY simple pair of shorts. No zip, gathered waist, they turned out great with a little deviation from the pattern (Simplicity 2258). I cut a 10 thinking they had way too much ease for the RTW look I was going for, I was right. The 10 fit perfect. I didn’t even look at the instructions, but studied my favorite RTW shorts and copied their construction. The point was to have more shorts like my favorite pair…I think I succeeded. :o) All that said, I’m wanting to try a fly front zip eventually.

  4. c July 7, 2013

    Oh, they look fab. great pants and a nice fit.

    Nothing has EVER fit outta the packet (thank you E cups, and a booty that’s some 4-6 sizes bigger than my top…. AGHAGHAGHAG. though this IS why I decided to learn to sew). That, and I straddle the package sizes; I need the small sizes for my shoulders, hitting a 16 for the waist, and to infinity and beyond at the hips.

    That said – I did enjoy making Amazing Fit 2648. NO FBA! (let’s throw me a party!). Though I’d lovelovelovelolovelove patterns to come in three fitting ranges: the tiddlers down one end; then say 10-18; then then the 12 – 22.

    My tip? When you’re this disproportionate – just buy the french curve, and redraft outta the packet. Putting something on that is closer to a fit will lift your spirits – and sometimes, a lifted spirit is the best fitting assistance there is!

  5. Kestrel July 7, 2013

    What a result for your first crack at sewing trousers, the fit looks great. Please count me in for the giveaway, never tried trousers but this looks like a great pattern. I’ve not found patterns which fit without adjustments, but I am taller than most so always have to allow for that plus wide shoulder adjustments. I’m hoping a lady of my specific dimensions will start a pattern company, as if she uses herself as the basis then they’ll fit me too!

  6. redpointtailor July 7, 2013

    I am still in the process of trousers muslin… at this moment I gave it a little break.
    Yours pants look great! Hmmm maybe something to consider as next pattern to try …

  7. MrsC (Maryanne) July 7, 2013

    Hi Portia, great work! Love that fabric too. So finally you can have a wardrobe of MM trou to go with all your lovely MM tops πŸ™‚
    I was really excited by the idea of Amazing Fit so I chose 2648 as a base pattern for my lecture on fit. It was PANTS. Apparently one of the thing that happens to the shape of women as their busts get bigger is their armholes need to become enormous – who knew? And the back bodice was just darted. DARTED. Meh.
    So, I suspect that you my be able to buy a trouser pattern from anywhere and just make it, not sure the purported amazingness was a contributing factor. YOUR amazingness however, definitely was!!

  8. Fabric Tragic July 7, 2013

    I think your trousers look excellent, well done! I’ve only made trousers twice and certainly needed some adjustments! Recently I just made a simplicity skirt 2451 which pretty much fit out of the packet! Your trousers pattern is not the right size for me, so don’t count me in the comp, but I just wanted to congratulate you on your success!

  9. Sew Hopeful July 7, 2013

    Not your imagination. These are amazing fit for first go. For any go. The back looks great. I just sewed up a Cake Patterns Hummingbird Pink skirt (with a back flounce) and that was my first ever experience of sewing a skirt without endless faffing about getting the hip curve right. It fit right out of the box. Was shocking. And such a nice change from the norm. I’d be very interested in trying out this pattern to see if said fluke could also possibly work for me. I really want to master pants making this year.

  10. Ashley July 7, 2013

    Those do look amazing on you! I’ve yet to tackle a pair of pants, but maybe this pattern can help me overcome my fear!
    The best thing that I’ve sewed straight out of the envelope was a cute dress with a ruffled collar, McCall’s 6503. Granted, it’s not terribly difficult, but I was too fresh to sewing yet to worry about fitting and adjusting so I got lucky. ;D
    Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

  11. Hazel July 7, 2013

    Those trousers look fab! Love them πŸ™‚ and such a lovely giveaway. I find that my waist is out of proportion to the rest of me, so I always have to cut a size up and take things in at the underarm and at the hip. Fortunately I like wearing fuller skirts so normally the hip adjustment can be ignored! Having said that, I find that Colette patterns fit me pretty well without too much adjustment.

  12. Sarah July 7, 2013

    Hello Portia, great fit on you what an awesome feeling πŸ™‚ I just made some trousers last week, and I cut what I thought would be my size and they ended up with humungus amounts of ease…and I thought they were supposed to be a tight fitting style… it’s definitely frustrating getting so close to finishing a garment and then the try on goes so terribly wrong. So I LOVE your feeling of ‘oh wow they fit instantly’ embrace it, and enjoy it πŸ™‚

  13. Emma July 7, 2013

    Alas, I’ve had no luck in having any pattern fit me right out of the pack. I have a huge difference between my waist measurement and my hips, which usually involves quite a bit of pattern grading. This is also the reason why RTW trousers never fit me properly either. Making trousers is one my to-do list …. someday…. in the far future. But yours look so great, and I’ve been so impressed by your success first time, I’m thinking now’s the time to be brave and dive in!

  14. Louise July 7, 2013

    Like you I’m a bit scared of trousers, having said that I’m also scared of buttonholes! I’m a very curvy girl with a relatively small waist so generally patterns don’t fit me but of course Sewaholic is the best fit for me, Renfrew, Cresent, Cambie all straight out of the packet!

  15. bunny July 7, 2013

    not yet, but hopefully this pattern would look as good on me as it does on you!

  16. Gretchen July 7, 2013

    Those trousers look great! Sadly, I’ve never had straight from the envelope fitting success for trousers. About the only pattern that has fit me straight from the envelope is Sewaholic’s Renfrew top. It’s my first TNT pattern.

  17. Margaret July 7, 2013

    I have NEVER found a pattern that fit me right straight out of the packet. I generally take a pattern, hack it up to fit, and then half-ass it into something that works great, because I”m impatient, and I use a million times. But wowee would it be fabulous to make a pair of pants that fit me right. (pick me). Your wool pants look fantastic.

  18. Helen July 7, 2013

    I would love to try trousers, especially ones for the curvy amongst us! The only thing that has ever fit me straight out of the envelop is the Sewaholic Cresent skirt – do skirts count?!

  19. Laury July 7, 2013

    I did make pants that I actually wore…35 years ago! Not tried it since and I have been apprehensive to try with my older figure. You’ve tempted me. Your pants look great, fit great, good for you!

  20. Ali July 7, 2013

    Never attempted trousers as I have a long body, wee legs, big hips and a small waist. I always cut a size 16 for my hips then take the waist into a 12.

    Your trousers look amazing! I’d love to try the pattern πŸ™‚


  21. lbhill July 7, 2013

    I’ve currently tackling shorts. I figured it was less fabric waste if it was a disaster. Glad to see the variety of fits!

  22. JillyB July 7, 2013

    Nice work on the trousers! I have yet to tackle them myself. I have tried the Amazing Fit dress pattern 2648, and while it wasn’t exactly perfect straight out of the envelope, I did find it had fewer adjustments than other Big 4 patterns. The pattern that fit straight out of the envelope for me was Sewaholic’s Renfrew top. It was so liberating to make that pattern! I generally find (for me anyway) that the Sewaholic patterns require fewer major adjustments in fit (and I am not even a pear shape). Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. Marsha July 7, 2013

    The only thing that has fit right out of the envelope was a nightgown. I’m average height, but I’m big-busted, short-waisted, with narrow hips for my size. So there’s usually many alterations and a muslin or two.

  24. CJG July 7, 2013

    I’m about to bash out a bunch of pairs of yoga pants, but once school starts in the fall, I’d love to attempt some fun trousers (especially because I plan to be a few pounds lighter, so I’ll be needed some new ones). This looks like a great pattern, and thanks for the tips about the fit!

    Let’s see… a sewing tip… When I have to sew over a seam on a hem for something bulky (like denim), I tuck a folded piece of cardboard under the zipper foot to raise it up a bit (there’s a little gizmo you can buy, and I have one somewhere, but I can’t always find it). Works like a charm!

  25. Anouk July 7, 2013

    Hi Portia,
    The last time anything fit out of the packet was when I was 21. I’ve had two children since then and put on 10kg. The closest experience with fit came when I attended a trouser sewing class with Steph (from Cake patterns). She drafted a pants pattern based on measurements I sent via email. The only adjustments I had to make was changing the hip curve and adding a slight amount of ease at the back crotch length. I’m curious to see if this pattern would fit as nicely!!

  26. CTpat July 7, 2013

    I have that pattern in my sewing queue. I was too scared to try it. Your post is just what I needed to get my courage up. The pants look fantastic. Off to the fabric store tomorrow to get my pattern made up.

  27. Meredith July 7, 2013

    Your trousers look great! Trousers are on my list of garments to tackle. They seem like a high investment/high yield project; once you finally get the fit down, the payoff of making your own well-fitting pants is huge!

    I am one or two sizes difference between my top and my bottom, so I hardly ever make anything straight from the package without grading between sizes. The only exception are empire waist knit dresses!

  28. Kyle July 8, 2013

    Holy cow, that fit *is* amazing!! I just bought S2860 last night, also an amazing fit pants pattern.

  29. Kate Price July 8, 2013

    Megan Nielsen’s Kelly Skirt fits great straight out of the packet. But if it didn’t, there’s plenty of room to play around with the pleats to make it fit better

  30. Alicia July 8, 2013

    I’ve never gotten anything to fit straight off the bat yet, but the closest I’ve come so far with trousers are Sewaholic Thurlows, because she specifically allows for fitting the rear after sewing everything else, so I can adjust to get rid of my normal huge gap between my waist the actual waistband. πŸ™‚

  31. Darby July 8, 2013

    I would love to follow your bravery and hope that I can be as successful! Count me in for the giveaway :-). thanks

  32. The Hojnackes July 8, 2013

    I have yet to find a pattern that fit me as is, but that could be because I was going by the measurements on the back of the pattern and ended up with garments that were way too big! I definitely think going by finished measurements is the way to go.

  33. Jen L July 8, 2013

    They look great! This post makes me feel like I should definitely try to make some.

  34. All Set July 8, 2013

    Hello Portia,
    I like to draw my own patterns for trousers, so that it fits perfectly…. I like to study the patterns that you can buy, to see whih cute pockets or other details I like to copy ob my base patters πŸ˜‰ greetings from holland!

  35. Jo Ashcroft July 8, 2013

    I got so disillusioned with patterns that I went back to college and am learning how to draft my own patterns. I have just learned to make a pair of trousers that fit me really really well. That said I would love to match my sloper to this patter and see how accurate it is to my shape, so please enter me for the draw.

  36. Karolina July 8, 2013

    Hello Portia, love the look in this post (pants, t-shirt, shoes and the hair!). I have never been able to wear anything straight out of the envelope, which is really awkward since I am very average in height- and weight-wise. I would love to try the simplicity 1918.

  37. crazyestonian July 8, 2013

    I once made a top with eight darts and it fit straight from the pattern. Ottobre 5/2009, #11 ( I sewed a muslin and then moved straight onto raw silk. I think it was the highlight of my sewing for a few years. I have also successfully made a couple of Ottobre Woman skirts. Another good one is Jalie, I sewed a cardigan and t-shirt and both hugged my curves just right. Granted, Jalie pattern was for knits but I have made some odd-looking knit things (garments would be an overstatement) from other patterns.
    I wish I could make some decent pants. I have tried and even gotten a couple wearable pairs but overall I am still disappointed in my pant fitting skills. Part of the problem is that I really like low rise pants and even if they are called low rise all patterns I have tried come above my belly button and I have not figured out how to make nice waist and fitting bottom.

  38. Sam July 8, 2013

    These are great! I had a very good result with my first trousers earlier this year using Simplicity 2562 which is another Amazing Fit pattern. They’ve got pretty wide legs though, so I’d love to try this pattern as well for a different look.

  39. BusyLizzie July 8, 2013

    What a great fit! I have made shorts a few times, with varying degrees of success – weird really as I can buy them fine so why don’t they fit straight off the pattern? I have been looking at these amazing fit patterns for a while now, about time I gave one a go!
    I haven’t found any pattern ever to fit right out of the packet. The joys of being 5’2″ and super curvy. I am getting pretty good at an FBA and small shoulder adjustment now though πŸ™‚

  40. Jenny Larking July 8, 2013

    I have been sewing for many years but have never been great at adjusting patterns to fit. I have now got ‘fit for real people’ and it has helped me. Patterns never fit – I am short legged, larger than average back, small front and now have a big tum. Gosh I sound worse than I look, I think. πŸ™‚ The real problem for me now though is getting a style to suit. I am 69 years old and need a suitable style, with sleeves as a must. Most patterns suit younger people but I am not ready for “classic” styles yet. Thanks for the giveaway.

  41. Masustak eguzkitan July 8, 2013

    Your trousers look fabulous on you! Great fit! I have never sewn a pair of trousers…Last year I sewed a pair of harems, but this kind of trousers don´t need any fit. I also have sewn two pair of shorts and they turned out fairly good. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  42. pink daisy July 8, 2013

    Great, to see results out of the gate. I have made about 5 tops this year and was getting anxious to try some pants. I’ll look this pattern up.

  43. Giddyauntlola July 8, 2013

    Hi Miss P. I have been sewing for the last couple of years, and have almost exclusively sewn things for children. I have been very hesitant about sewing for myself as I feel I am not a regular size – big boobs, thick waist and narrow hips. Lots of the trendy pattern companies cater for hour glass girls, which I am not. I am about to try to sew my first skirt (The Charlotte skirt from By Hand London) and will see how it goes!

  44. traceyza July 8, 2013

    Being large of hip πŸ˜‰ I have not yet been privileged to have something fit straight out of the envelope. My most successful fits with the least amount of adjustments, happen when I measure the pattern pieces to determine the right size to cut and completely ignore the envelope sizes. I would love to give this pattern a try and see if it would cope with my curviness.

  45. melanie ( July 8, 2013

    Used to be that most patterns fits me straight from the envelope then I got ill, recovered, gained weight (they say it’s normal that your body trying to “fix” itself after being neglected) and now lol my shape turned into somewhat like a tomato … And I have no idea how to do fitting for a tomato-shaped body …
    Great pants btw, and thanks so much for the chance πŸ™‚

  46. madeonthecouch July 8, 2013

    These look fab on you! I hav yet to find a single pattern that fits me straight out of the pattern, which is a bit demoralising, but I try not to think about it too much. I’ve had a little luck with Thurlows… after about four muslins… And I still think I need to go down a size in them to save myself from having a saggy ass in my pants. But I have to get onto it, since I only have one pair of clinic pants at the moment, so I’m in them five days a week! This pattern would be super helpful for bumping that quota up to two!

  47. Fiona July 8, 2013

    These look too good to be true! I’ve never sewn trousers as it always seemed like such a massive task with a lot of fitting and tweaking to do as you say but seeing these makes me feel like I might stand a chance! I’d love to give this pattern a try. Thanks to you and Simplicity for the giveaway!

  48. Amy July 8, 2013

    Those trousers fit beautifully! I’ve not had a bad time getting the top half to fit well enough with the few tops I have sewn for myself (Mathilde & Sorbetto). This is also the case in RTW. My bottom half has been an issue since front pleats went out of fashion. I tried my first A-Line skirt this weekend and less said about it the better. I’ve wanted to put trousers on the to-do list specifically to sew ones that actually fit, thanks so much for the opportunity to enter the give-away!

  49. Donna Hensley July 8, 2013

    That’s impressive and inspiring! I have several patterns in that line that are sitting around waiting for me to get motivated. πŸ˜‰

  50. Allynara July 8, 2013

    I haven’t got any tips on patterns that fit straight out of the packet, nor do I have any sewing tips on the pants-part. Why? Because I simply haven’t tried it yet! I did enter a Craftsy class to learn how to fit pants; but honostly: I haven’t got the courage yet to try it out. I find that dresses and the likes are much easier and come quickly together. Oh, and don’t forget to sew your occasional blouse: they’re much easier to sew than you’ld suspect!

    So, I would love to get my hands on a simple pants pattern that fits wonderfully without too much adjustments. Even if I don’t get it through your give-away: thanks for the tip! I’ll keep my eyes out in my local sewing shops!

  51. Mon July 8, 2013

    Interesting, must of us are afraid of trousers, I guess it is partially beacuase there are not too many posts in detailed adjustments. Except for Colette… I’ve been hoping to try a trouzers pattern. Perhapps I get this one! πŸ˜‰

  52. I have several dress patterns from the Amazing fit range, but I haven’t tried any of them, yet… About trousers, I found a pattern in a Burdastyle magazine that I wanted to try, I like slim trousers, and I thought they would be too slim, size EU44 fit me really well and I’ve made two pairs!
    But I would love to try another trouser pattern, so count me in in the giveaway!

    (this is the pattern if you want to peek: )

  53. Wisy July 8, 2013

    Last year I sewed a vintage Maudella pinafore which, apart from hem and modernising the neckline, did not have any fitting issues at all!

    Another straight from the pattern was the Alison swimsuit from Burdastyle πŸ™‚ One of my favourite makes!

    Love your blog, especially the refashions and home dye makes πŸ™‚

  54. Jenny July 8, 2013

    I just did my first pair of trousers – New Look 6189 – I’m pretty pleased and satisfied with myself (haven’t blogged them, sorry) but I did have to fit the legs for a slimmer fit. I was happy that I didn’t have to fiddle around with the crotch or hips, much. I’m so happy with them that I would love to try more trouser patterns!! Being able to sew my own trousers opens up so many more possibilities! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Your trousers fit great by the way – good job!!

  55. Abby July 8, 2013

    My body literally spans 4 sizes. I have a 31″ high bust with an F cup bra, 27″ waist, and 40″ hips, which basically translates to “alter all the things!!!” The closest I’ve ever had to a pattern fitting straight out of the box is Vogue 8787, view C. I cut an 8 but should have cut a 6 and then taken it in a little more, because I used a knit fabric. It was my first time working with knits, so there’s my excuse. πŸ™‚ I also raised the waistline and shortened the hem by three inches. For me, those alterations are nothing!

    I loved the dress so much that I immediately made a second one, which I altered to within an inch of its life. Made view E with the cowl neck, which I deepened, removed the back darts, changed the hem to a high-low hem, added a cutout in the lower back, and removed the front midriff piece and extended the bodice down in its place. Someday soon, I have to take photos of my last three makes and start posting to my blog again! πŸ™‚

  56. sushidog July 8, 2013

    I’ve been planning to make some trousers this summer, for the first time, but I’m a bit nervous about all the fitting!
    I recently made Simplicity 2337; the measurements on the packet said I’d need a 16, but I’d got it in a sale, and hadn’t noticed that I’d picked up the smaller size, which only went up to a 12. But it had a huge amount of ease in it, and the final measurements sounded like they’d fit, so I winged it, and it fits _beautifully_; I feel completely fabulous in it.
    I’ll never understand why they show an image of a very snugly-fitting garment, but then include four inches of ease in the pattern; I’d much prefer to have images that show what the final garment will actually look like, or better still, measurements with a sensible amount of ease which will end up looking like the garment is meant to!

  57. Nicole July 8, 2013

    I actually just sewed an “Amazing Fit” dress recently, as my re-entry into sewing after nothing for a year (and really only sewing skirts before that). It didn’t fit me straight out of the packet, but I think that may have been my fault by choosing the wrong size (did it on bust, not high bust, and I’m an F). Still, the alterations I made were fairly minor and really just entailed taking the waist and high hip in. The sleeves/shoulders are a bit wonky and I know would have been better if I’d chosen a smaller size. I’d love to try the “Amazing Fit” trousers!

  58. dannyscotland July 8, 2013

    I’ve been working on sewing shorts. Fly front is too scary for me yet, but I did make a pair with a side zipper. Those turned out okay. I made a pair with elastic at the waist, and those are okay, too. But neither of them are perfect and I feel self-conscious wearing them still. The second pair needs more adjustments. I think I resewed the crotch about 15 times! But it’s been an interesting learning experience.

  59. Deborah Rodgers July 8, 2013

    Beautiful trousers… and really enjoyed reading the comments regarding pattern fit. Nice to know you’re not alone! Although there is the perfect pattern out there for me, New Look 6128 fit me straight out of the packet. I’ve now frankensteined an a line skirt out of it as well. Once something fits I reckon you should use it to make as many variations as possible. If I was lucky enough to win I’d be making shorts, trousers, crops… I haven’t owned a pair of trousers I’d wear out of the house for about 5 or 6 years due to fitting issues… maybe these will bring me back into the world of trousers

  60. didyoumakethat July 8, 2013

    Your trousers are amazing and that’s a great confident boost for all of us – to realise that they don’t necessarily need to be a nightmare.

  61. Jamie July 8, 2013

    I love those trousers! I would love to attempt pants, but I’ve always been kind of afraid of them since nothing ever seems to fit me right out of the envelope. My frame is kind of narrow, so I always have to do pattern adjustments for my shoulders and hips and back. The Amazing Fit pattern has me really curious now!

  62. Emilie July 8, 2013

    So lucky to have found a great pattern like this. I have been looking at those amazing fit patterns and wondering. Well I’m glad you’ve reviewed it! For me, Sewaholic patterns fit pretty much straight out of the packet and it’s about the only pattern company where I fit into a single “bust-waist-hip” size category. Thanks again for a great post!

  63. Natalie July 8, 2013

    You make it look so easy to make some pants. I’ve been a bit scared too of “the Beast” but I may tackle it now.

  64. TextileQueen July 8, 2013

    These trousers look good, i am just getting back into sewing, but find fitting real difficult �� thanks for posting about the trousers, maybe i,ll have a go now!

  65. tialys July 8, 2013

    Great job on the trousers – they fit really well around the bum, if you don’t mind me saying so. I haven’t had a go at trousers yet but I like the sound of this pattern. I have made the Simplicity 2648 Amazing Fit dress which seemed to fit me quite well – I blogged about it here
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  66. Tiffany July 8, 2013

    Wow! Great job!

  67. Danella Wheeler July 8, 2013

    Your trousers look great. I’ve been afraid to try pants because I am a larger girl, but these multi-sized ones might be a viable option.

  68. Aine July 8, 2013

    Your trousers look great – the fit looks fantastic and the fabric is cheerful. I like Sandra Betzina’s “Today’s fit” patterns (from Vogue): she gives very thorough advice on adjusting.

  69. Unknown July 8, 2013

    Sewaholic Renfrew pattern. Love it! People are amazed that I would bother to make T-shirts…but I am really enjoying it. Burda pants have fit really well when I was in my 20’s , however I am not really “off the rack” anymore at 50 years. I have a Burda pants pattern that has had some good reviews that I am going to try #7062.

  70. Aine July 8, 2013

    Congratulations! The fit looks great and the fabric is lovely. What a bargain! I like Sandra Betzina’s “Today’s Fit” patterns from Vogue: she gives good advice about adjusting the pattern.

  71. Nothy Lane July 8, 2013

    I find Colette patterns fit pretty well straight away. I also find Style Arc fits me well in pants especially. I’d love to try to make these pants, so I hope I win! Good luck to everyone. (And I loved the comment by Marsha who said the only thing that has fit her straight from the pattern was a night dress!)

  72. Tina July 9, 2013

    I really like the Simplicity Amazing Fit patterns. I’m a bit top heavy, which requires a lot of fiddling with FBAs to get patterns to fit. Not with SAF patterns!

  73. our shabby cottage July 9, 2013

    Hi Portia, Thanks for the giveaway! I recently saw this same pattern and loved it, unfortunately my local shop didn’t have it in my size (same as you 40″ hip) so I bought Simplicicty 1696 which is am ‘Amazing fit’ Pattern as well. I thought that I too would have to cut a 16 which seemed ridiculous to me as well, so thanks to your review and post I feel confident in giving the 14 the chop now!! Your pants are wonderful, fingers crossed I get to try this pattern as well! Cheers, Kathryn.

  74. July 9, 2013

    Oooo what an awesome pattern! Your trousers look great!

    The best experience I’ve had for a pattern fitting straight away was my Colette Ginger. I cut a straight size 18 with no adjustments and it’s my favourite skirt. Right length, fits awesomely.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this pattern! πŸ™‚

  75. Agi M July 9, 2013

    Wow, those look great! I’ve been terrified of sewing trousers. I’ve done boxer shorts for my 12 year old son, and that’s about as far as I’ve attempted anything ‘pant’ related. πŸ™‚

  76. Naomi July 9, 2013

    Oooh, count me in! Love a good trousers pattern. I’ve had quite a few patterns that have fitted OK first time, but nothing that’s been a religious experience in the fit department. With dresses I usually line them and use the lining as a toile to check the fit. Has saved me some tears in my time let me tell you!!

  77. elenaknits July 9, 2013

    Those pants look fantastic!

    A pattern that fitted almost straight of the envelope were the Sewaholic Thurlows. The only modification was the back curve, which I had to redraft to the next size.

    Thanks for the give away!

  78. zilredloh July 9, 2013

    I’ve had a battle with every trouser/pant pattern I’ve attempted and would love to give these a shot.

    Yours look really, really great!!!

  79. Holly July 9, 2013

    the colette laurel seemed to fit me straight out of the packet if you don’t count my usual swayback adjustment that i do from the beginning. but really, it’s the pattern that has taken that adjustment the best without multiple retries to get the back right. i also read fitting issues about it beforehand and cut slightly smaller as recommended to avoid it being a bag on me.

  80. Jenni July 9, 2013

    Haven’t tried trousers since I got back into sewing and I’m struggling with fit on everything I’m trying! Either too much ease or poor size choice on my part, despite using the size charts! Having most success with Sewaholic patterns so far.

  81. erinkg July 10, 2013

    Pretty much any skirt pattern I’ve tried has fit straight up – I’ve only made fuller skirts from regular patterns. I have a pencil skirt that I make, but I purchased a customized pattern from lekala for that one. I’ve made some pants from Burda Magazine and those fit as well with no changes, but other pants have not been so good.

    Your pants look great – the fit is fabulous. You’ll get the hang of the fly after a few tries. I like using Debbie Cook’s tutorial – I always get a great result.

  82. Anonymous July 11, 2013

    I joined the craftsy couture dress course but I don’t have to alter the pattern I chose instead of her pick at all. It was a dress so no crotch/rise issues. Pattern was Butterick 5317. Haven’t tried pants yet but would love to give some a try yours look great.

  83. flossiejamieson July 11, 2013

    nothing i have made in the last few goes has fitted me, so it would be a miracle beyond imagination to make something off the bat that was perfect without major adjustment! I am putting my faith in the Crepe dress from Colette next up as its a wrap dress and i figure that can only go in my favour. i am prepared, of course, to be proved wrong …

  84. Gwendellyn July 11, 2013

    What a wonderful giveaway! My measurements are such that I don’t even buy very many patterns, because I know the proportions will be off. I’d love to see if these pants can fit the bill! An interesting sewing tip, let’s see…oh, I’ve been using washable glue for basting instead of pins – it’s kind of amazing, I don’t want to pin again!

  85. Lynne Watson July 11, 2013

    The reason I learned to sew was to make my own trousers as I really struggle to get trousers that are long enough. However I haven’t actually tried making any yet – it’s a bit scary! I am still finding patterns in general quite scary πŸ™‚ However if this was your first attempt I am suitably impressed and would be delighted to be entered into the giveaway! Thanks!

  86. EmSewCrazy July 11, 2013

    I used Simplicity 2562 which another Amazing Fit Trouser pattern. I had good results as well but I too went down a size but that was because I bought the pattern before measuring my bum and unfortunately was right at the size break. But it turned out to be a good thing because they fit very well. They gave a lot of good information on how to measure and choose your size so I didn’t feel as lost on my first go around.
    I don’t need entered into the giveaway but good luck to you and everyone else.

  87. I’m also nervous about making trousers. I imagine it’s because of how hard it is to get ready to wear jeans and trousers to fit right. I think that’s definitely a successful first attempt!

    To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever made a pattern with no alterations. I just can’t help myself from tweaking at least something before I start.


  88. Mela R. July 12, 2013

    So many entries! BiBut I feel lucky so here goes…I didn’t have a great start with my first pant pattern but I was persistent. Four muslins later I have a TNT pattern using Colette’s Clover pattern. But I am always looking for something new. This pattern you used looks worth a try.

  89. Olly July 13, 2013

    Finding trousers that fit is like the Holy Grail – I usually buy two pairs when I find some! I don’t think I’m a particularly odd shape, but they’re always too big in the waist/too short in the crotch. I haven’t made my own clothes since I was a teenager which is *cough* years ago, but I find your blog really inspirational, and I would love to have a go. Thanks for the recommendation for these patterns anyway, I hadn’t heard of them but they look really good for a rusty sewer like me.

  90. Mendy Kay July 13, 2013

    I haven’t sewn any clothing in more than a decade, but because I’m having trouble finding clothing that fits my larger size now I’m diving back in. Pants are my biggest complaint from the stores. I’m big in the waist but not the hip. So the companies assume that if my waist is that big, then my hips must be extra large too. Even on the ones that try to pinpoint a more straight paint instead of curvy, the crotch will bag. I have to pull the waistband up nearly to my bra! Ugh!

  91. Emily July 14, 2013

    I think I have a pathological fear of sewing trousers – so much effort to fall at the final fitting hurdle. Yours look amazing though – I can’t think of a better advert for the pattern!

  92. Jennifer Lachman July 14, 2013

    I haven’t had a pattern fit me straight out of the envelope since I was 11 years old. My interesting fitting tip hmmm…
    Okay this is a kind of a round about way to do things but its how I do it. When I make a bodice muslin, I look at the armholes, If they don’t lay nicely I’ll make a new muslin until I get the armholes just right. I don’t adjust anything else until that is taken care of. They are the hardest thing for me to fit.

  93. Kelly July 14, 2013

    BurdaStyle has a pencil skirt that fits amazingly over my hips and butt, which has never happened before. Suffice it to say, I want to make it in ALL the colors and patterns!

  94. Sasha Rocket July 14, 2013

    This is really encouraging, thanks! I think the only patterns I’ve ever had fit me without any adjustments are from the Built by Wendy range. Too bad they seem to have been discontinued!

  95. Helen July 14, 2013

    I’m very new to sewing and haven’t ventured toward trousers yet but have successfully make a pencil skirt and am in the process of making a blouse! My tip for anyone thinking about venturing into the world of dressmaking: Kilroys College do a correspondence course in dressmaking (which I’m doing at the moment) and it is very interesting and easy enough as it can be done from home over 9 months and at your own pace πŸ™‚

  96. Hannah Passco July 14, 2013

    I’m terrified of making trousers!! I usually hold the paper pattern up against myself, as I too find that sometimes the seam allowances are outrageously big! I will be a size 12 in some patterns, and a 16 in others!

  97. Laura Boone July 15, 2013

    Your pants are so cute!! Pants are my next big scary venture.
    The only clothing I’ve ever made strait off the pattern that fit well was a burda plus sized blouse. I have a really short waist but it fit like they designed it just for me!!
    Thanks, LauraB

  98. Madlen July 15, 2013

    I started sewing a few months ago. The first things I have made were skits. And I´m realy happy that they fits without any problems. In future I want to make trousers as well. But I´m just a beginner and I don´t know how to fit them right. I hope, those comments will help me.

  99. frocksford July 15, 2013

    I’m in the midst of fitting a pair of trousers at the minute… It ain’t easy! I’d love to try out this pattern.

    I don’t think I’ve ever made anything that fit right from the pattern, aside from things like pyjamas which don’t need to fit at all. I’ve got a pretty serious swayback, a short waist, and really long limbs. I’m forever adding length to arms and legs and removing it from bodices and backs.

  100. Mickey Newman July 15, 2013

    When I was smaller, I could sew it together right then using just the pattern. Now, a few pounds later, that does not happen. It is discouraging. I would love to try this pant pattern. It looks great on you. Thanks, Mickey

  101. Lori Klassen July 15, 2013

    Because of the difficulty in getting garments to fit well, I tend to make only unfitted garments. I’ll make loose flowy tops and pajama pants and things like that. This pattern may change my mind. I hope I win!

  102. sewmuch2learn July 16, 2013

    I recently created a Colette Pattern, called the Hawthorn for my youngest daughter. She is a little large breasted for such a small framed girl. There was no bust adjustment which is usually a problem area, she is a size 0 with a 34D. Loved it. I have used several of Simplicity ‘Amazing Fit’ patterns and love them. Easy to adjust cup size and they make several styles to chose from.

  103. craftalchemy July 17, 2013

    Mostly things don’t fit quite out of the box as I have serious hips – generally I grade out a size at the hip to make sure everything goes in. I have an uber-simple shorts pattern, Butterick 5044, which did fit with no alterations, but it’s a very simple and baggy design, and going by the reviews it also runs notoriously huge. I’d love to try out something more fitted for my lower half.

  104. Susan July 24, 2015

    They look great except for the draglines on the side towards the back. A designer friend taught me that the draglines always point to the problem. It looks to me like a next iteration should have the back crotch depth increased to eliminate that drag. You might then need to lower the waist at the back since lowering the crotch will increase the overall of the centre back seam.

    • portia July 25, 2015

      Always follow the lines Susan πŸ™‚ Gosh I had forgotten about these it seems so long ago! If I revisit this pattern I shall take your advice on board. Than you πŸ™‚


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