Improve your dressmaking skills and learn new sewing techniques by making this classic, versatile cigarette pants.  Whether you wear them with flat pumps to create a vintage Audrey’s look or prefer to go for a more contemporary styling, this trousers are sure to always make you look fabulous!

On this course you will learn to alter the pattern to fit your shape and measurements to create a good fit by altering the waist’s width and height, as well as the hips, rise and length as necessary. You will then learn construction techniques such as darts, facing a waist and inserting a concealed zip. *Depending on your size and shape we might initially focus on making a toile (test garment) if we think it necessary after you have tried one of our toiles. Once you  fine tune your toile and pattern, you may cut out you fabric and start work on your trousers, which you will then need to finish at home with our instructions. If you have never inserted a concealed zip before you will be given the opportunity to practice this in class. Making a toile might not be necessary if our own toile fits you reasonably well, in which case you may skip this process and move onto cutting straight into your fabric after altering your pattern. The fitted pattern is then yours to take home to make the trousers again.

Come along and be part of a lovely group, improve your sewing, chat and make friends. The tea and biscuits are on us!

*To be able to attend this course you need to be confident on the sewing machine and able to sew at a good speed. You will also need to have previously completed our Complete Beginners Sewing Course,  and one of our Beginners Plus Classes such as the Circle Skirt Dressmaking Intro and/or our Advanced Beginners Dressmaking Course or eqivalent elsewhere. Alternatively you would have previously undertaken some dressmaking projects independently.

Materials Required:
Sizes 8 to 12 – 2m of 150cm wide fabric or 2.50m of 114cm wide fabric. Sizes 14 to 20- 2.5m of 150cm wide fabric or 2.75m of 114cm wide fabric. You will also need to bring the same amounts of cheap stretch cotton or similar, as close as possible to your fabric to make a toile, matching thread, an 9″ invisible zip and 20cm of light fusible interfacing. All other materials and equipment will be provided.

Suitable fabrics: Medium weight woven fabrics with 2-3% elastane such as medium weight stretch cotton, stretch cotton drill, stretch gabardine, light to medium weight stretch denim, stretch wool crepe. Please allow extra fabric if choosing a material with bold patterns. Not suitable for diagonals.

*Important note: please make sure to pre-wash and iron your fabric according to manufacturers instructions prior to attending the class. Do not skip this step, as your garment is very likely to shrink after the first wash unless the fabric has been pre-washed. You might end up with a pair of trousers that no longer fit you. Not nice after all your efforts! This does not apply to dry clean only fabrics although, still please iron your fabric as this will save some time in the class. Check with the shop about fabric care when purchasing your material.

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