Sew the look: tartan wool pants

Last season I planned my sewing projects starting with Pinterest or with fabric that I already own. This picture is part of my fall-winter mood board and I pinned it when I inherited a tartan wool from my grandma’s stash (I had 1 3/4 yards 55” wide).

So here is my version, and some details on how to recreate the look.

Fabrics and patterns ideas


Pattern: Ultimate Trousers – Sew over it available here (size 8-20 UK). I choose this pattern because it is a classic cut with a lateral invisible closure. It has only 5 pieces (2 front legs, 2 back legs and the waistband) which means that it is very easy to fit and to pattern match. Since my fabric does not have any stretch, I cut my usual size (10) and reduced the seam allowance to 1/2” (12 mm) for the side seams and 3/8” (10 mm) for the front seam.

Fabric: wool tartan/check. Blackbird fabrics has in stock some Scottish wool suiting (which might sold out by the time this post will be out). Another shop to browse for wool is Minerva, that has a wide selection of check suiting fabric.


Pattern: Skipper – Seamwork available here (size XS-3XL). I would make the version without the pocket.

Fabric: wool knit sweater fabric or rayon knit. The one in the picture is a cable sweater knit in navy from Stylemaker fabrics which is a rayon blend that mimic a cable knit.


Pattern: Any classic button down shirt pattern would work. I choose the Liseron – Atelier Scammit (size 4-18 US) since I already made it in 3 times and I like the comfortable fit. The pattern is available in french and english, and the youtube video with instructions is very well made.

Fabric: white cotton poplin or cotton lawn. The fabric in the picture is from Mood fabrics.

Happy sewing!

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