TROUSERS Fit-n-Sew Along

Welcome to the MariaDenmark Trouser Fit-n-Sew Along!

All you have to do, to be a part of this Fit-along is to comment on this post, and if you have a blog, it would be nice if you add the button. Also. Please join the MariaDenmark Sewing group on Flickr, where we can share pics of the fitting process, and learn from each other.

Trousers are relatively simple to sew, but they can be a nightmare to fit, because there are so many curves and spaces that go together. No pattern will fit all people the same – there are so many variables in a trouser pattern that to get one to fit you well, you need to alter the pattern.

This FIT-n-SEW-along is different from other trouser sew-alongs because it focuses on how you can fit your trousers yourself – even as a beginning sewist! It’s a relatively simple method and one that doesn’t require a muslin (all though you could make one if you’d like). I am no expert (and I am not a certified tissue-fitter!) but I have been using this method for almost a decade and have been very happy with my results. Recently I’ve experimenting with fitting other people and have looked at body spaces as a way to simplify the fitting process. But I’m constantly learning as well, and always interested in learning more, so I’d love to hear your ideas.

TROUSERS Fit-n-SEW-along at

We are going to start by evaluating the pattern and comparing crotch curves and bodyspaces. Then we are going to get the pattern ready for tissue fitting and will tissue fit it to our individual bodies (I will leave room for Q &A’s and will help in evaluating fit).

After the tissue fitting we will move on to cutting and marking the fabric and getting the trousers ready for the pin fitting, then we’ll do the actual pin fitting (with another post for evaluating your fitting issues and for Q and A). Then we just need to finish sewing the trousers, and we’ll finish off with a bunch of really nice fitting wide legged trousers.

Here I’ll gather links to the posts, the participants and also additional information. Have fun!

  1. Gathering you supplies for the Fit-a-long.
  2. About  and Buttons
  3. Optional: The MariaDenmark Winnie Wide Legged Trousers
  4. Trousers-Fit-along #1: Prepare the Pattern
  5. Trousers-Fit-along #2: Crotch Curves and getting ready for tissue fitting
  6. Trousers-Fit-along #3: Begin tissue fitting!
  7. Trouser-Fit-along #4: More Tissue Fitting Issues
  8. Trouser-Fit-along #5: Preparing for Pin Fitting
  9. Trouser-Fit-Along #6: Pin fitting
  10. Trouser-Fit-Along #7: Issues

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    I just found your blog and I am actually in the process of sewing pants so I thought I would join in if that’s OK. I’m a little ahead but I’m already coming up against some questions/problems in fitting. Thanks so much for doing this, I’m determined to make a great pair of pants!


  6. Karen n

    I just stumbled upon this and I’m so happy to see the sew along! I have a box full of muslins with “issues” that remain unsolved so I’m always glad to see successes!

  7. tes

    Thank you for posting about pants fitting. I LOVE the detailed and well illustrated tips you give. I haven’t sewn in forever due to fit issues (small & short) and am searching the web for solutions. I JUST FOUND your blog for the first time! I hope you are not discouraged by low responses for the pants sew-a-long. I think that late in the year is SUPER busy for folks (at least in the USA) because of November (Thanksgiving) and December holidays.
    The time you invested continues to inspire and help sewists even though the sew-a-long is past! I will be using your tips as I make my first pair of pants. Thank you!

  8. Aafke

    I really enjoy your series on making pants. I’ve already made 6 pair of pants, but I still try to perfect it. Your series is a really big help. I do hope you’ll finish it, I would love to see the end result. And hopefully show you mine if it turns out perfect!

  9. Coni

    I am happy I found your blog it was a link someone on craftsy mentioned. Looking forward to the sew fit along.

  10. Karen

    I have bought the trousers pattern and hope to do the Fit-n-sew-along, about a year late!
    Hope you enjoy London, I am going next weekend for the Knitting & Stitching Show.

    By the way, I got my Swedish Tracing Paper through from cdevon here in the U.K. on e-bay. It’s 1.5m wide at £2.20 a metre, and she posts to the EU. You can find it here-



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