Pattern Description: From Sewaholic’s website – Finally, a modern trouser pattern designed for curvy hips, fuller thighs and a narrow waist! The Thurlow Trousers sit below the waistline, with a slightly flared leg. Pockets in front are subtle slash pockets that won’t add bulk to the hips.
Pattern includes a cute pair of cuffed shorts as well as full-length pants. Wear the shorts cuffed or un-cuffed, with an optional grosgrain ribbon belt.
I made the cuffed shorts.
Sizing: 0 to 16. I made a 10 to start.
Available as a PDF? Yes
Fabric Used: Italian Stretch Linen in Heathery Silver Mink for the main body. Scraps of a great stretch cotton in an Australian aboriginal print that was a gift from Chloe at StyleArc for the pockets and facings.
Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff to sew the seams, Juki home serger to finish the seam allowances. Naomi the Naomoto.
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes
How were the instructions? Excellent. Seriously. I sent a note to Tasia of Sewaholic on Sunday telling her that she has written the best instructions for welt pockets that I have seen in any pattern out there. Period. I think she near about fainted. After all, this big ol’ Blue Meanie isn’t known for effusive praise, but the Thurlow’s welt pocket instructions and draft take something that other pattern companies butcher, and make it crystal clear. Brava, Tasia!!!
The rest of the instructions are also great.
Construction Notes: I am not the target body type for Sewaholic patterns. I’m a two-kids-and-a-certain-age-on-a-swimmer’s-build figure, not a pear shape, so I cut a size 10 and sewed it straight out of the envelope, based on my measurements. It actually runs pretty big on me through the waist. I expected it to be roomy in the hips, but I ended up taking about an inch off the waist. Next time I’ll go down a couple of sizes and adjust from there.
I sewed all the seams with a straight stitch and I finished the seam allowances with a 3-thread wide overlock.
I made one welt pocket then I realized that I needed a bigger pocket in back. I carry my phone in my back pocket and the pocket bags as drafted are too short for my phone, so I lengthened one by about an inch and a half.
The instructions have you interface both the waistband and the waistband facing. I opted to interface only the waistband. I didn’t think it needed more than that. The linen has a crisp hand on its own.
Likes/Dislikes: I love the instructions, I love the drafting. I need to work on the fit, but that’s not the pattern’s fault. As it is, it will work perfectly for a pair of shorts for summer and vacation (what’s that?). No dislikes.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Absolutely to both! This pattern is beautifully drafted, the instructions are excellent. It’s a real winner! Here are not-very-good shots on Shelley. I can’t promise I’ll get pictures of me in these, because my pasty white legs would probably freak out the camera’s light meter, but maybe I’ll slap some self tanner on and take some pictures. We’ll see.
Conclusion: Great drafting, great pattern. I haven’t put the belt carriers on the shorts yet. It was really hot in my sewing room and I was getting tired, so I knocked off. I’ll add them tomorrow.