Make a Pair of Drawstring Trousers

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Make a Pair of Drawstring Trousers

Begins: Monday 10 June 2019

Ends: Friday 14 June 2019

Session: 2


Time: 6.30pm - 10.00pm

Level: New To Making Clothes

Maximum Class Size: 6

This is a two-part workshop will take place on Monday 10th June & Friday 14th June at 6.30-10.00pm. Over the two evenings you will learn how to make a pair of very wearable and versatile drawstring trousers. There are two patterns to choose from...

The 101 Trouser by Merchant & Mills which features faced side pockets and a false fly, they are high rise so cut to sit on the waist. With this style you have the option to make cropped; tapered trouser; wide straight trouser or shorts, which gives you lots of scope to make these perfect to suit your own style.

New Look 6005 offer a lower rise style to sit on the hips, these have a wide leg trouser which could draw in at the ankle if you prefer.

Both trouser would also make very good pyjama bottoms if made in the right fabric!

Level: This class is suitable for students who are confident with using a sewing machine, with little to no experience in making clothes. It is ideal for those who have completed our 6 Week Introduction to Machine Sewing Course.

In class you will cover the following techniques:

  • How to read & follow commercial sewing patterns

  • Fitt & pattern grading between sizes

  • How to use a fabric lay plan

  • Marking the fabric

  • How to inserting faced pockets

  • Attaching eyelets (for the drawstring)

  • Tips and techniques on garment construction

  • All the tools, equipment and notions are provided & the pattern is yours to keep but you are required to bring your own fabric, pre washed if necassary to avoid shrinkage after your trousers are made. Light refreshments are also provided.

    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.


    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.