The Ultimate Trousers by Sew Over It

The Ultimate Trousers by Sew Over ItI have been slowly putting together a work wardrobe but I had yet to add pants to my collection.  I saw several cute versions of the Sew Over It Ultimate Trouser on Instagram so I thought I would give it a try. 

The Low Down


The Ultimate Trouser is meant to be simple pattern for advanced beginners.  There are only four pattern pieces and an invisible zipper.  It is a slim-fitting trouser that hits the ankle although you can make it shorter or longer depending on your taste. 


  • Your choice of woven cotton, corduroy, wool crepe, or denim
  • 9” invisible zipper

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The Process


The Ultimate Trouser is meant to be sewn up pretty quickly.  I was intending on sewing this up over the week before I had major surgery but life had other plans.  Instead I sewed this up over several weeks as I wasn’t physically capable of sewing for a good portion of November.

The Ultimate Trousers by Sew Over It

It was a pretty simple pattern and the directions were just adequate.  Based on the measurements I sewed this up in a UK size 10 – this ended up being way too small for me to my surprise.  I ended up having to undo the center and side seams and use the seam allowance to make the appropriate adjustment.  This also threw off my invisible zipper installation which did not turn out so well.  I also chose fabric based on the recommendation which means there was no stretch so even though they fit when I sit down my body is very constricted by the fabric.  One source of disappointment was the pant hem.  I need to work on my technique or something because they truly give away that they are handmade.  They also do not taper below the calf to the ankle as nicely as all the images on their website which just makes it feel like a standard men’s trouser to me.

The Ultimate Trousers by Sew Over It

All in all they look nice on the hanger and they look okay on but they are not nice to wear.  I made a few style adjustments in my photos so that they are wearable but I’m not really sure when I’ll be able to wear these as I can’t imagine wearing these for hours at work. 


I’m not sure if I will give these another try but I think I would like to use fabric that has a little stretch instead.  I definitely wish they would list an appropriate stretch fabric in their recommended fabrics. It also really bothers me that they do not taper correctly.


The Ultimate Trousers by Sew Over It

  • Wrong size
  • My invisible zipper isn’t invisible enough


  • Double or even triple check your measurements
  • Leave enough seam allowance in case you have to make adjustments
  • Try a fabric with some stretch for a more comfortable fit

The Ultimate Trousers by Sew Over It

Happy Sewing!

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The Ultimate Trousers by Sew Over It


9 thoughts on “The Ultimate Trousers by Sew Over It

  1. Oh what a shame Kelly! The colour of your fabric is gorgeous, and you still look fabulous in your pics, but I understand how frustrating all those things are. And there’s nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable in your clothes. I’m really surprised at the size issue as that’s the size I would cut and you’re more petite than I am – I wonder if the same is true of all patterns from this company? It’s good to know, and I too had admired this pattern so I really appreciate the frank review. Hope your recovery is going well 😘

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    1. Thank you Helen! You’re too kind. 🙂 I think the color is my favorite part too! LOL I was really surprised with the fit issues. Even more so that I’ve lost a bit of weight due to my surgery. I wonder as well if the measurement range is the same for their other patterns. Maybe I just made an error… who knows. I’m not sure I’ll be trying these again. 😦


      1. Strange indeed! Totally understand you not wanting to make them again – sometimes with a pattern you think “I could alter it here and let it out there and take off some length here and add a dart there…” and basically you might as well say “I’ll make an entirely new pattern”! So why not just cut your losses and make a different pattern 😉

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  2. What a pity! I’ve had this pattern for a while but have been afraid to try it cuz it seems to get very mixed reviews. If you’re still looking for a work trouser that uses comfy stretch fabric, I would totally recommend the Sasha trousers. I even made a pair in ponte which feel like yoga pants. Plus, if you leave out the pockets, it can still be a pretty quick sew!

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    1. Oooh I like the idea of a trouser pant that feels like yoga pants! I much rather be wearing yoga pants than anything else. Lol! I saw your Sasha Trousers – they looked fantastic. I may have to try making them in ponte. I just ordered some ponte to make the Eleonore pull on jeans. Hopefully those go well then I can dive into the Sasha pattern. 🙂


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