Make a Pair of Drawstring Trousers - By Merchant & Mills

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Make a Pair of Drawstring Trousers - By Merchant & Mills

Thursday 19 July 2018

Session: 1


Time: 10.30am - 5.00pm

Level: Improvers

Maximum Class Size: 6

You will spend this single session class making up the very popular 101 Trouser designed by Merchant and Mills. These gentle drawstring trousers with side pockets and a false fly, are cut to sit on the waist. The pattern features four versions – cropped & tapered trouser, wide straight trouser or shorts, which gives you plenty of options to make these unique to your own style. These trousers would also make very good pyjama bottoms if made in the right fabric!

Level: This class is suitable for sewers at who already confident with using a sewing machine, and is ideal for those who have completed our 6 Week Introduction to Machine Sewing Course so have had plenty of practice on the sewing machine and would like to start using commercial dressmaking patterns to make your own clothes.

In class you will cover the following techniques:

  • Understand commercial patterns

  • Fitting & adjustments

  • Pattern lay plans

  • Marking the fabric

  • Inserting faced pockets

  • Inserting eyelets (for the drawstring)

  • Tips and techniques on making up

  • Fabric Requirements

    Tapered Trouser

    Fabric 140cm Wide: Sizes 8-12 = 1.9m / Sizes 14-18 = 2.1m

    Fabric 120cm Wide: Sizes 8-10 = 1.9m / Size 12 = 2.1m / Sizes 16-18 = 2.5m  

    Full Trouser

    Fabric 140cm Wide: Sizes 8-10 = 2m / Sizes 12-18 = 2.2m

    Fabric 120cm Wide: Sizes 8-10 = 2.1m / Size 12 = 2.3m / Sizes 14-18 = 2.5m


    Fabric 140cm Wide: Sizes 8-12 = 1.2m / Sizes 14-18 = 1.25m

    Fabric 120cm Wide: Sizes 8-18 = 1.4m

    Suitable fabrics: linen, soft cottons, fine wool, wool crepe, washed silk or rayon. Choose fabrics that drape and won’t bulk around the drawstring waist.

    Tools and refreshments are provided & the pattern is yours to keep.


    Moyna Hamilton studied clothing technology at London College of Fashion before going straight into the fashion industry and working as a pattern cutter. For over 18 years she worked for a wide range of companies from designers to high street suppliers and, after having children, she also successfully set up and ran her own children’s bed linen and accessories company called Eazy-Tiger. More recently she has been teaching in primary and secondary schools and is pleased to be combining her experience in schools with her years of experience in fashion to teach others the art of sewing, pattern cutting and making their own clothes.

    Luisa Tobitt began to develop her interest in stitch and textiles whilst studying for a BA in Sculpture at Brighton University. Much of her work involved taking garments apart, reworking them and stitching onto them. On completion of her degree, Luisa returned to London and studied a Diploma in Theatrical Costume at Kensington & Chelsea College. She spent the next two years studying design, pattern cutting, construction and decoration for 18th Century dress and the Victorian era. Gaining a Diploma in Handcraft Tailoring at London College of Fashion closely followed this and three years later Luisa also gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Pattern Cutting & Garment Technology, also at London College of Fashion. With a strong love for vintage fashion, Luisa enjoys using vintage patterns, reworking vintage garments and studying traditional sewing techniques.