Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers made by Adelle
Friday 18th January 2019
Hello, I'm Adelle and I am on a mission to create a handmade wardrobe. I'm so excited to be asked to review this fabric for the Material Girl Laura blog.
I've struggled finding cotton sateen in the past with the correct ratio of stretch with structure. I look for a cotton that has a good amount of stretch to give some room for me to move but enough structure to give that clean tailored look. This Lady McElroy Fruits Of The Forest Stretch Cotton Sateen contains 3% spandex and is the perfect choice for a pair of trousers. The pattern consists of a woodland scene, with flowers, birds and insects and the quality of print makes me confident that it will last through many cycles in the washing machine.
I made the Sew Over It 'Ultimate Trousers' when I first began sewing and that pair eventually had to go into the recycling after so much wear. When I saw this cotton sateen I knew what I wanted to make from it. It's a perfect pattern for beginners as it only has 4 pieces but also it's a great quick sew for a more experienced sewer too. The trousers are a slim fit with a high waist, which is finished with a facing and a side invisible zip. The Sew Over has a blog describing how you can add a waistband on too but I feel they are high waisted enough as they are.
The trousers requires 1.5m of fabric despite the instructions giving more. The fabric went through the machine like a dream. I was a little nervous that it could stretch out but it was no problem. There are darts front and back which pressed out well. I had no fitting issues which I was very pleased about as sometimes trouser fitting can be a little challenging.
The Finished Trousers
The trousers turned out better than I planned. The fit is great and part of that is because of the stretch that the fabric offers. You could make them more tapered if you wanted but I kept it as the pattern instructed.
The structure of the fabric gives a smart tailored quality to the trousers which make them perfect for work. The colour will take me easily from my winter wardrobe into spring. I'm planning to wear them for work with a plain top or a white shirt tucked in. But they will also be great as an evening outfit teamed with a cami and heels.
Overall I am super pleased with how these have turned out and has made me question why I waited so long to dig this pattern out from my files.
Thank you again to Laura for letting me review this fabric
Adelle x @button_and_pip