Lander shorts by True Bias

Yet, one more month has nearly passed this year. I don’t know if this is just me, but I feel like 2018 is going way to quick!!

Enough of complaining Monika, let’s focus on the positive instead.

July’s #sewmystyle2018 gave all participants a choice of making either a Lander pants by True Bias or a Forsythe trousers by Blank Slate Patterns. I chose to sew a pair of Lander shorts, purely because of this hot weather we are having in UK this summer.


The pattern

Lander shorts or pants comes with a massive front patch pockets, which are amazing and a smaller back pockets, which I decided to omit. The high waisted style of the pants is perfect to wear with tops tucked in and some hills for a going out look, or can be dressed down for more casual look. This is what I like the most about those shorts.

The button fly is a focus fiture of this pattern and is surprising very easy to sew….however my Jenome struggled to make button holes thought so many layers of fabric.

Pattern adjustments

I have made size 16 based on my hip measurements and did not make any major alternation to this pattern.

I followed the instruction as it is, which does help with getting the right fit around hips and waist because you sew the side seams once button fly and crouch seam is completed. The pattern includes a wide side seam allowance of 1 inch to give room for a better fit. This in theory is  a great idea, however I have realised that the crouch seam at the front is too long for me, so I ended up with an excess of fabric. It does not bother me that much, but I would alter it when making a full length pants version.

Saying that, I still lowered the waist all around by 1.5 cm, because the waist band was sitting way to high on me.

I am not sure if this is due to my fabric choice – stretch cotton, but I had to take in the side seam by 2 cm on each side too.

Final thoughts

Overall I really like this pattern and I’m not surprised why it is so popular among the sewing community, however I would prefer for the waistband to be curved and not straight, as it better hugs the body.


~what are your thoughts on Landers?~

Monika xxx

Pattern cutting course


Photo credit to Inseam Studios
Photo credit to Inseam Studios









I am so excited to share with you that couple of weeks ago I have started a pattern cutting course with Inseam Studios . This was something I wanted to do for a very long time, but with full time job and part time University study there was little time left for any social activities, yet alone another course.

But this time is nearly over now, with my last exam behind me (still waiting for that results….biting nails), I have more free time, so what better time to learn some pattern cutting yeahhhh . My dream is to make clothes that fit me well and this course will teach me how to construct a basic block patterns based on MY measurements! Isn’t that amazing??? No more adjusting patterns (fingers crossed), no more wasting a precious fabric!


The course is 30 hours long, which can be spread out to my own needs. Having a one on one lesson gives me lots of opportunities to ask tons of questions and Aina is always happy to answer them all. She is a fantastic teacher, who is patient and explains everything in a clear and easy to understand way. Aina is very talented and has her own clothing label as well as a teaching pattern cutting and sewing.

I had already completed a third of a course and so far I drafted front and back bodice, front and back pencil skirt and a variations of sleeves, including two-piece sleeve. Next, I will be making a toile to check for any fit issues and then I will learn how to draft a pair of trousers. The full block pattern cutting course include:

  • Taking measurements
  • Bodice – front & back
  • Pencil skirt – front & back
  • A-line skirt – front & back
  • Long sleeve
  • 3/4 sleeve
  • Short sleeve
  • Puff sleeve
  • Gathered sleeve
  • Cup sleeve
  • Cap sleeve
  • Raglan Sleeve
  • Dolman sleeve
  • Trousers – front & back
  • Half circle skirt  – front & back
  • Full Circle Skirt – front & back
  • Collars
  • Pockets
  • Waistline Dress
  • Princess line dress
  • Empire line dress
  • Stretch line
  • Single breast jacket
  • Double breast jacket

As you can see there is still so much to learn, and I am loving every minute!

If you are thinking about learning pattern cutting I would recommend a booking a trial lesson with Aina. This is what I have done, to see if one on one lessons is something I would enjoy and to check if I will benefit from them as much I want to.

Will keep you posted on my journey of pattern cutting heheh

~Time to go to my drawing table~

xxx Monika