Easy to make? Check! Comfortable? Check! Flattering? Check! Easy to hack? Check! Good size pockets? Of course, check! Many of our makers state that the Almost long trousers are one of their most loved and trusted casual trousers sewing patterns. What better time than at the launch of the extended sizes to take a closer look at this versatile hero?
The waist is elasticated but has a flat front. This detail is both flattering and versatile since it creates a more “dressed” look
This is the pattern to take your pocket skills further! But don’t worry, they are much easier to make than they look.
Relaxed but flattering
This casual trousers sewing pattern has a relaxed fit, positioned at the lower waist and a dropped crotch.
One of our signature details! The wide elasticated cuffs add an extra edge to the design. Ending at the ankle, the trousers make your legs look longer and show off your cool socks!
SIZES AND FORMATS
With the new extended size range, you can choose between XS-L or XL-3XL. The pattern is available as a direct download PDF or as a paper pattern.
Easy to make
Labelled Easy, these trousers are a breeze to make if you are not a total beginner at the sewing machine. They are also perfect to make in poplin and other easy to handle fabrics.
Easy to vary
We always strive to make well-designed and well-drafted patterns that our makers want to make again and again. The Almost long trousers really transform with your fabric choice. We have seen great versions in everything from linen to viscose twill with almost any fabric you can think of in between. Our recommendation is mid- to heavyweight fabrics but if you wish for a more lightweight fabric – just go for it!
Easy to hack
The Almost long trousers are easy and fun to hack! Vary the length, skip the cuffs or add quirky details. Or why not do as one maker and repurpose her husband’s old jeans?!
Easy to style
These casual trousers go with all your shirts and blouses, but we do have some favourite combinations.
the high cuff sweater
the wrap jacket
the cuff top
What our makers think …
GREAT FIT, COMFORTABLE BUT STILL POLISHED
I reach for one of my pairs almost every day because they’re just so comfortable. I chose my size based on my hip measurements and only had to take in the elastic for the waistband (by quite a lot).
I did shorten the crotch because I don’t like the drop crotch as drafted, and lengthened the legs to suit my height.
I think my versions ended up at more or less the intended 7/8 length, which I like.
UP TO YOUR STYLING
These are great trousers because they are very versatile. Depending on the fabric you use and how you accessorize them, you can end up with something you can wear to work or something you can go camping in. Very comfortable and contemporary.
The cuff elastics are a little tricky to attach as you have to stretch them as you sew and you could do with a third arm to hold your machine in place but it’s all worth it. The pockets are large and comfortable.
The rectangular stitching on the front section of the waist elastic is a nice detail and makes it lie flat on your stomach. I made 2 pairs so far and getting ready for a third, winter-y one.
SO FUN TO MAKE THESE PERFECT PRE-, PERI-, POST-PANDEMIC PANTS
Back when I used to sew 40 years ago, there weren’t many stretch fabrics. So I struggled a little, while learning about “ease” in stretch fabrics. I made two pairs with stretch twill and they have so much give that I needed to go down two sizes.
Now that I understand that part, these pants will be a breeze to make. I coverstitched the pocket opening and the side seams to give them a finished look. I’d like to add back pockets on my next pair.
They are excellent pants that can be worn casual or dressed up.
Lisa, United States