Marks out of ten? I’d give it 6, maybe 7.
So I’ve noticed that a new Trouser Online Course, The Advanced Guide to Sewing and Fitting Trousers, has been released on the Sew Over It website.
Initially I felt a little peeved, as I’ve only recently purchased the Ultimate Trousers online course!
I bought the Ultimate Guide to Sewing and Fitting Trousers online course from SOI just after Christmas, when there was an offer on, but I can see that the ‘Ultimate’ one is still for sale, with this newer course aimed at a higher intermediate level.
Having bought and watched and re-watched and learnt so many things with the Tilly and the Buttons online course Learn to Sew Jersey, I was looking forward to a similar experience with the Ultimate Guide.
For reference, I would class myself as an advanced beginner. I’ve been sewing pleasing garments for a couple of years, but never made trousers or a shirt.
The Ultimate Guide to Sewing and Fitting Trousers came with 2 patterns, the Carrie Trousers and the Ultimate Trousers. They can both be bought for £9 each (pdfs) so with the course reduced to £25, was pretty good value. But was it the ‘Ultimate’ Guide to sewing and fitting trousers? No, not really. It was a guide to sewing trousers, showing the sequence of putting a pair of trousers together. Disappointingly the ‘fitting’ part of it came in a selection of pdfs which you selected depending on the problem area.
I was really disappointed in this and felt rather mislead by the title ‘Ultimate Guide to Sewing and Fitting Trousers’.
I know fitting trousers is complicated and the fact that we all have such different shapes and fullness at the front and at the rear means that a trouser fitting online course to address all these points would be a vast undertaking but that is what I thought I had bought.
So had I done my research before I bought it?
Yes, I did, but I only found reviews for the first half of the course, the Carrie Trousers, a pretty simple make with no real fitting required. The reviewers hadn’t reported on the subsequent ‘Ultimate Trouser’ part of the course.
These are my Carries. I wasn’t intending to like the silhouette; it’s not my usual style. I made them in a stash fabric, but I have to say, I rather love them and will definitely be wearing them this summer.
I made them initially in a 10/12 size but unpicked them and re cut them as a 8/10 as they were enormous!!
The Ultimates were next. I knew these would be trickier from a fitting point of view.
The lovely Lisa, of Sew Over It, led me through the stages but the editing really suffered from a lack of close ups. I couldn’t see what was going on at the times I’d have liked a little more detail.
I’m afraid it was nothing like the Tilly online course with excellent close ups, either taken from above or the side, showing you exactly what the process was. Just lots of video of Lisa sewing on her machine from afar.
I was surprised that the first instruction (after choosing fabric, cutting out etc) was to overlock all the raw edges. Why would you do this if you had not first made a toile and tried it for fitting?
The fitting advice was just to down load the pdf guidance for that issue that came with the course.
So was the course worth it for me, personally? Surprisingly you may think, but yes!!
Because without it I would never have made trousers!!
It gave me the confidence to sew up a pair or 2 of trousers and learn so much (although not from Lisa) about my shape and fitting. I’ve not cracked it yet but I know which areas are my particular challenges!
My full review of the pattern and how I tried to conquer my flat bum can be found here.
So my advice would be when attempting something new, choose a pattern that comes with a sew-along. There really is no need to purchase a course when there is so much free advice out there.
Saying that I bought the Introduction into Sewing Shirts Online course at the same time!!!
Love, Lucie xx