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This project has been designed by Julia Claridge of Bobbins and Buttons. She offers dressmaking and sewing classes in Leicester and designs childrens clothing and accessories which are handmade to order. 

The fabric for this project was kindly supplied by Remnant Kings.

Fisherman's Trousers

Make a pair of fisherman's trousers without a pattern

 You can make these fisherman style trousers without a pattern. You can make a pattern from these instructions or draw the dimensions directly onto the fabric. These are an easy adaptable make that will fit sizes 10-16.


You will need...

Remnant Kings for fabrics1.5 metres of 150cm  wide medium weight linen fabric - we used Apple Green Linen kindly supplied by Remnant Kings  

Set square or ruler with right angle

Pattern paper (optional)

Matching thread


Use a 15mm seam allowance throughout.

RST - Right sides together.


Drafting your pattern out

Draw out the following dimensions on a piece of large paper if you are making a pattern to keep or mark directly on the fabric if preferred:

Two 80cm (down the grain) x 60cm wide rectangles for the leg panels

Two 27cm (down the grain) x 71cm wide rectangles for the waistband

Two 7cm x 70cm strips for the ties


Drafting a simple pattern

Make a pattern for the centre panel or mark onto the fabric as desired. Draw a rectangle measuring 28cm x 14cm. Fold in half lengthways. Mark a point 3cm up from one of the shorter edges and mark point on the crease.

Using a small plate or other curved object, draw a curve from this point to the bottom outer corner.

Cut two of these pieces from your fabric.


Join centre to leg panels on trousers

With RST join the long edges of one of the centre panels to the long edges of the leg panels (one leg panel either side of centre panel). Match flat upper edge of centre panel with the edge of the leg panel.

Constructing a pair of trousers

With RST join second centre panel  to the other edges of the leg panels. Neaten edges of these seams with an overlocker or a zig zag stitch.

Stitch inner leg seams

With RST and matching seams, pin and stitch inner leg seams together. Neaten edges with overlocking or zig zag stitch.

Making the waistband flat felled seam

Make the waistband - with RST join shorter edges to form side seams. Press seams open and trim one side of the seam to a scant 5mm, turn and press the other raw edge in approx 4-5mm. Press the folded edge over the shorter edge to form a flat fell seam and stitch close to the folded edge. Finish both waistband side seams in this way.


Pin waistband to trousers

Fold trousers and mark side points. With RST matching waist side seams to side points on trousers, pin waistband to trousers. Stitch and neaten raw edges.

Hemming a waistband

Turn a double hem at the upper edge of the waistband finishing 2cm in depth. The hem should be folded to the outside as when the trousers are worn the reverse of the waistband will show. Stitch in place.


Hemming trouser legs

Turn and press a double hem finishing 2.5cm at the lower edge of the trouser legs. Stitch in place.

 Making waist ties

Make the ties - with RST join the two short edges of the ties. With RST, stitch around all edges leaving a narrow gap for turning. Turn through, press. Slip stitch the gap closed.


Attaching waist ties

Find the centre back of the trousers, mark with a pin. On outside of garment measure 8cm (3") from the upper edge at this centre point and place a pin. Matching centre of tie to this mark, pin tie parallel to upper edge. Stitch tie close to the edge 8cm either side of the centre mark.


Fishermans Trousers 

To wear - with the tie at the back of the trousers, pull the trousers on and fold a deep pleat at the centre front so the trousers have a relaxed fit  around your waist. Bring the ties from the back and tie snugly around your waist. Fold the waistband down over the tie. The trousers should sit slightly below your waist.


Finished fishermans trousers

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