"I now have trousers which actually fit! For the first time ever." 
Tasha Mellins-Cohen, Trouser Fitting course student, Brighton

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Is it time to get some trousers that REALLY fit?

With our expertise on measuring and adjusting the pattern you'll leave with a great fitting pair of trousers, which you can make again and again from your pattern, in a range of fabrics and slight adjustments, if desired, to waist, leg shape, pockets etc. It's all about the fit - for your unique figure shape!

Complete this project in our Weekly Stitch Classes or our One-to-One lessons at a time that suits you!

Level: Intermediate

Class options:

  • 5-10 Stitch Classes - available daytime, weekend or evenings (no. of classes depends on profiency, homework done, style of trouser, fitting issues etc). 

  • 4-8 hours of private 1-2-1 lessons - times and dates that suit you - option to have classes at your home if local-ish.


What to bring:

  • £8 for the pattern if making in Stitch Classes or 1-2-1 lessons
  • 3m calico fabric or in an inexpensive medium weight cotton fabric to make a potentially 'wearable' toile. It must be 100% cotton (not curtain lining, sheeting or other substitute as these are often mixed content and can distort when ironed). 
  • Wash fabric and iron it before coming if you plan to wear trousers made from it if fit works out well first time. Calico does not need washing as it will not be worn
  • Wear a slim fitting but not too tight vest top and leggings
  • Glasses if needed for close up work
  • Thread: One 100m or more reel of contrast thread for toile (so you can see it to unpick if needed!)
  • 50p for each bobbin you use (if using our machine) if you would like to keep it
  • Interfacing: 25cm medium weight fusible for waistband or facing (white if using pale fabric for wearable toile, black if using dark fabric)
  • A pot of good quality dressmaking pins (We sell nice long steel bobble headed pins x144 for £3.50 a box and magnetic pin-cushions for £7 cash in class)
  • Bring trousers that fit well that you already have, or indeed those that don't - basically bring trousers with you as may be helpful 
  • Sewing machine: You can bring your own or use ours. We are on the third floor so we recommend using ours which are Janome 525s's, less than 18 months old, reliable and very easy to use
  • We provide: Trouser pattern and any extra tissue paper, magic tape, sewing machine, scissors, chalks, tape measure 
  • Where to buy fabric: Suggestions of where to buy your fabric locally will be given on your booking confirmation, or to see our list of local fabric shops now click here.

This project will include:

  • Measuring up accurately to choose right basic women's trouser pattern
  • Adjusting pattern including moving darts, taking in, adjusting crotch shape etc
  • Make a calico or cotton fabric toile (mock up), fit, then draw adjustments back onto pattern, possibly making second toile or part toile to check  
  • Produce a pair of trousers (pockets optional if you have time and skills to fit this in) with zip and waistband
  • Theory on how to change the leg shape in future pairs of trousers