A very bold pair of tartan golf trousers

A very bold pair of tartan golf trousers

A VERY bold pair of tartan golf trousers…

Q: Why do golfers have two pairs of trousers?

A: In case they get “a hole in one”

Once you’ve recovered from your laughter, come and take a look at me making my second pair.

The time has come for my annual golf weekend. If work allows I tend to get away for about 4 days of fun filled golf with some very good friends from my home town of Alton. Over the course of the weekend, obviously in between the very sensible golf, there’s plenty of ridiculousness to be had.

One of them is the day when we all find the best (for best read loudest, most garish, gaudiest) of outfits to don and desperately try to out-do each other.

Well this year I may get beaten on the course, but I’m damned if I’m going to be beaten to this particular medal of honour. Let’s be honest, they’re all expecting to see me in something home sewn this year, ever since they all watched me win the Great British Sewing Bee.

So that’s it, my very own personal gauntlet is thrown down for….erm…myself. I have to make sure I don’t let them down.

Whilst I was at Goldhawk Road a month or so ago, I saw a fantastic blue and grey tartan at an awesome price, mainly because it’s not a proper tartan I guess. So I opt to buy 2.5m just in case inspiration strikes.

And strike it did, I found a perfect men’s trouser pattern from the modern Burda range. Burda patterns aren’t necessarily for the feint hearted, in fact for these trousers I’d say that an intermediate ability would be ideal.

Without a doubt the hardest part of all was the pattern matching and cutting out. My eyes went absolutely bonkers on this task. It took me ages! The main thing is to remember that you need to leave the seam allowance.

The pattern itself was easy to cut out and begin stitching together, although the instructions definitely need a level of sewing knowledge to understand.

That said, as the phases passed and the golf trousers came together it was fantastic to see them taking shape.

I had to really take care on the side seams to ensure the matching stayed true.

The back pockets are single welt, these were surprisingly easy to do, although you do have to take care when cutting the slits to ensure you don’t bust them.

The front pockets are set in with the addition of a teeny weeny little coin pocket placed just under the belt line.

This was one of the first times I’ve actually taken care, read the instructions fully and followed a pattern to the letter for the fly placket, and I’m so chuffed that I did.

I’m really pleased with the end results, they look and feel professional, all I can hope is that my golfing performance will be the same….or at least I win the silly clothing competition.

Matt ChappleMatt x

The stitcher. A magnet for foolery & prankster at heart. Loves being creative, whether with some wood and a saw or with a needle and thread. Attempts to disguise his past time activities as manly pursuits, but is actually pretty handy at sewing!


  1. Ann 3 years ago

    Which Burda pattern did you use? (Ref no) So many… but I have in mind to make some of these trousers for someone and like the idea of the little coin pocket. :-)

  2. Richard 4 years ago

    Hi Matt
    Great to see another bloke sewing; before I watched GBSB I began to wonder if I was an oddity.
    I started about 4 years ago, and am slowly learning, but I am in my late 70’s, so I put my slowness down to intellectual overload!
    Sewing is a great occupation, with a practical end product. It’s so satisfying.
    That pattern-matching; that was good.
    Well done with the golf.

  3. Sarah 4 years ago

    How do you do this all so quickly!!!!

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      Matt 4 years ago

      Hi Sarah, I think it is all in the GBSB training! I try and complete at least one make per week. If I’m honest I would love to have the time to make more, maybe I need to learn to sew even quicker…

  4. Fran K 4 years ago

    Really excellent pattern matching. Good luck with the golf.

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      Matt 4 years ago

      Thanks Fran, it really did take some thinking about…but it was worth it and I also won the golf!

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