The Sewaholic Thurlow Trousers in Twill

The Sewaholic Thurlow Trousers in a Robert Kaufman Ventana Twill.

Straight-leg and skinny jeans have had their day in the sun, but if you’re shaped the way I am, you’re probably excited to see a trouser pattern that’s made for those hips and booties!  The flattering Sewaholic Thurlow Trousers feature front slash pockets, back welt pockets, and a slightly flared leg that balances out curvy hips. Hallelujah!

The Fit of Sewaholic Patterns

I’ve always appreciated how well Sewaholic patterns fit me. Compared to “standard” measurements, my proportions are slightly smaller on top than on bottom. With most patterns I have to grade out as I go down to accommodate my bum and thighs. It’s pretty normal for most people to have to do some sort of pattern alterations—but when you find a brand that’s designed for your shape, it sure makes sewing easier!

The Thurlows have classic trouser details and construction.

Construction and Alterations

The Thurlow Trousers required some modifications, of course. But considering how difficult it can be to get pants to fit right, Bonnie was impressed! Based on my body measurements, she made me a size 6. She took the waistband in about 1 1/2″ and took in about 1 1/2″ through the hips, tapering out just past the knees. The good news? This pattern is constructed in a way that makes alterations easy peasy! The waistband is contoured and has an extra-large seam allowance on the back center seam. That means you can take it in or let it out to get the perfect fit. Plus, the construction methods and instructions are straightforward, even if you have to make some alterations.

The Possibilities!

Bonnie made these trousers in Robert Kaufman Ventana Twill in Bordeaux. This twill is a lovely weight for pants. It’s 100% cotton, easy to sew with, and surprisingly soft. I’m excited to try my hand making a pair with corduroy for a more casual look, maybe with patch pockets in the back. For dressier occasions, I think a pant-weight wool would be perfect. Do you have a go-to pants pattern?



2 thoughts on “The Sewaholic Thurlow Trousers in Twill

  1. Chris Sereque says:

    I’m a guy sewer and making these for my wife. I am puzzled by the sewing order for the left waistband: the vee-shaped end is sewn first, and then it is attached to the pants. This is tricky to do, and I am having trouble with it on the toile. Maybe the better way would be to attach the open waistband, as jeans are done, and then sew the vee?

    • kate says:

      Hi Chris!
      Thanks for your question. Unfortunately, we have sold out of the Thurlow pants pattern, and I can’t find the envelope for the pair we made a few years ago. Ugh. But, I am a big fan of constructing things the way it makes sense for me. Try constructing the waistband the jeans way on your toile. If it works, do it that way on the real thing!

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