Beginners Sewing – Make Your Own Trousers


Sat 4 & Sun 5 March

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Sat 4 & Sun 5 March (2 day workshop)
10am - 5pm

This 2-day workshop is an introduction to sewing garments where you will learn to make a gorgeous pair of trousers to fit your specific body size and shape. We'll explore why the transition to sustainable sewing is important and how you can practically make a pair of zero waste trousers using Birgitta Helmerson’s Block Trousers Pattern. You will have the option to make an elasticated pair or a pair with a fly zip.

The Zero Waste Block Pant by Birgitta Helmerson comes in 10 sizes, XS - 6XL. It has an attached waistband with an inserted elastic and front pleats for a slightly tailored look. There is a feature seam line on the back legs. The side seams sit slightly into the front pant and there are concealed in-seam pockets at the front and patch pockets at the back. This pattern comes with two hacks: one for a skirt with patch pockets and an elasticated waist and one with a flat waistband at the front and sides with a zip and button fly closure at the centre front. This is a great way of making the block pant have a more fitted, tailored look at the waist, with a smaller section.

This course is suitable for new sewers but it is helpful if you know how to use a sewing machine and how to follow a sewing pattern.

Workshop cost includes: 

  • 2-day workshop with instructions on how to make zero waste trousers
  • Presentation on zero waste sewing/design. 
  • Use of 230DC Janome computerized sewing machine each 
  • Use of 6234XL overlocker (shared between students)
  • Printed copy of pattern

Workshop cost excludes: 

  • Cost of fabric and haberdashery for trousers
  • Digital pattern: must be purchased by each student

Topics Covered:

  • How to use a zero waste pattern
  • Taking body measurement and determining pattern size
  • Drafting pattern
  • Cutting fabric
  • Garment construction for  a pair of zero waste trousers including: seams and seam finishes, elasticated waist or fly zip closure, pleats, darts, patch pocket and in-seam pocket, hemming.
  • Fitting trousers

About Your Tutor

Cassandra’s work is an invitation to a more sustainable future. It challenges home sewists, designers and educators to think through the social and environmental impacts of their practice, exploring issues such as zero waste, transparency, embedded storytelling, feminism, sizism, and body image.

Originally from Western Canada, Cassandra currently runs The Stitchery Studio in Glasgow, Scotland, which offers private tuition and pop-up workshops, educating both home sewers and designers on the topics of making a zero waste wardrobe, garment construction, machining skills, sustainable design processes, garment fitting and patchwork quilting, all with an approach to encouraging sustainable thinking and zero waste sewing. She is also the co-founder of the Zero Waste Design Online Collective that develops online education resources in the field of zero waste design and systems thinking in fashion.

We all wear clothes, which means we all contribute to the consequences of the fashion industry on our planet and the people who make our clothes. The fashion industry has caused both environmental and social crises and many of us are now learning about the ways we can change our actions to ensure a better future. One of these solutions is by sewing, designing, and making zero waste garments.

As research progresses, designers find new motivations for doing things differently, and as home sewers experiment, we are finding more and more ways in which we can change the status quo and implement minimal or zero waste garments into our wardrobe. Did you know that we waste 15 - 25% per each garment we make? This equates to 60 billion square metres of fabric annually in the fashion industry and this doesn’t include clothing made at home. Learning new ways of making clothes without making waste is vital for the future health of our planet.