Sewaholic’s amazingly fabulous Thurlow trousers pattern…what a truly wonderful pattern to start my very first blog post!
The Thurlows are described as being a pants pattern for women with curvier hips and fuller thighs, the classic pear-shaped figure. I have to admit, I don’t think I fall into this category. Measurements for the pear-shaped woman always show the hips being larger in proportion to the waist than mine, and the Thurlow pattern is no exception. That said, this pattern received such glowing reviews from other people, and their finished-product photos were so exceptional (I was especially in awe of Lladybirds’s and Scruffy Badger Time’s), I decided I just HAD to give it a go.
First off, I just have to say that the drafting of this pattern is exceptional. I think this is the first pattern I have ever sewn where EVERY SINGLE NOTCH LINED UP! It was like a miracle. “No way! It’s lined up again! Could it be…a pattern is ALWAYS supposed to do this??” Now, it could be that I am often a little relaxed with my tracing and cutting, but many times I have had to assume that notches are more an indication of where to join my pattern pieces. Taking them literally would be unwise, unless I like the fronts of my pants to be half and inch longer than the back, or the front of a shirt to extend half an inch further into the armpit than the back…you get the idea. Anyway, this DID NOT HAPPEN with the Thurlows. They were a delight to sew.
I sewed a size 0 based on the project’s final measurements, given on the pattern envelope. The centre back of the pants has a big extension to make fitting to the waist easier, so I suspect that I was able to get around the not-really-pear-shaped issue by cutting for the hips and fitting the waist as needed.
This project was full of firsts for me- first time sewing woven pants, first time sewing double welt (or ANY kind of welt!) pockets, and the slash pocket technique was also new to me. I will be ever, eternally grateful to Lauren from Lladybird for her Thurlow Sew-along; I found the Sewaholic instructions for the Thurlows a bit hard to follow, and this first of my adventures into quality-clothes-sewing may not have ended as well without the sew-along instructions and photos.
These trousers are made with a grey gabardine. I wanted them to be stylish as well as practical. Having worked as a performer a lot of my adult life, I have trended towards flamboyant, brightly-coloured (garish?) outfits, and now I’m not sure I trust myself with colour. I’m not sure what colours really SUIT me, as opposed to just being attention-drawing. So, grey was a nice, safe, and hopefully elegant choice. BUT…
No one needs to know about the INSIDE, do they?
So, there you have it. The best pants in my wardrobe. And I MADE them. Hurrah!! AND…I won Sewing Pattern Review’s Pants Contest with these pants. How exciting is THAT?!?
Tasia from Sewaholic, thank you so much. You have made me excited to sew!