Hello! Welcome to The Sewist Fabric Shop. I'm so excited to be joining you in December's Haystack Pack! 

I am totally in love with this month's pattern and have been eyeing it up for a while, so I'm really excited that I'll actually get to make it now! (I'm a subscriber to the Haystack pack too!)

Here you will find links to all the fabric and notions you'll need to make the Bisque Trousers. Your discount code will get you 25% off all products in the shop, excluding remnants which are already discounted by 25% this month. 

You can use your discount code as many times as you like throughout the month so you have plenty of time to browse, request free swatches if necessary, and find the perfect fabric and notions for your project.

Any questions, please drop me a message!

Free swatches!

Swatches are a great way to see what a fabric is like when buying online.

My swatches are postcard size (A6) and you get all the fabric information printed on the card. As well as looking at, and feeling the fabric swatch, you can also see how it stretches (if it's a stretch fabric), test out threads from your stash or even do washing and drying tests.

During December 2021, you can get 3 swatches for free using the code FREESWATCHES at the checkout.


Toile fabric

Most patterns don't fit me straight out of the packet, so I will be doing a toile first. If you want to make a toile to get the best fit before cutting into your final fabric, I suggest raiding your stash for something you already have. Perhaps you have some old bedding or curtains, or can pick some up at a charity shop.

If you don't have anything or can't get anything, I stock calico, which is very affordable and your Haystack discount code will work on it too!


Suitable fabrics

The bisque trousers can be made from a wide range of woven fabrics - the possibilities are endless! Depending on the weight and fibre content, you will get different results.

Below I have listed some suitable fabrics that I stock. Also, I recommend checking out the hashtag #BisqueTrousers on Instagram to see some examples of them made in fabrics like the ones listed below. 


All my corduroys are 100% cotton and I stock 4.5 wale, 8 wale and 21 wale.
I suggest either the 21 wale or the 8 wale corduroy - I have seen examples on Instagram made in what looked to be 8 wale, so I think the pleats would be manageable.

Cotton Sateen

New in the shop this week, this cotton sateen is lovely and soft to the touch and has approx. 10% stretch on the cross grain.

I currently have this in French Navy Blue. It's 190gsm and would give the trousers some structure without being too bulky.

Cotton Twill

Also new in the shop, the cotton twills are 195gsm and come in three colourways: russet, sand and plum.

They have 10% stretch on the cross grain, a fine twill weave, and would give the Bisque Trousers a bit of structure while not being too heavy.

Tencel Twill

Regarded as being more eco-friendly than other fabrics, this Tencel Twill will give your trousers a more drapey effect.

It's super soft to the touch, very slinky and completely opaque. I've seen a beautiful example on Instagram made in Tencel twill. It's available in seven different colourways.

Viscose Linen

This viscose linen blend currently comes in sage and mauve. The viscose in this fabric gives it fabulous drape and the linen gives it the slubby texture. It's soft to wear and completely opaque.

Viscose Twill

Opaque with a fluid drape, this viscose twill would result in a floaty, lighter-weight pair of trousers.

With a soft handle and a fine twill weave, the viscose twill comes in plain black and a floral print.

Washed Linen

The washed linen has a relatively loose weave but is opaque enough for unlined trousers. It's 230-240gsm medium weight (approx. 7oz) and will give the trousers a more structured look. 

There are two new washed linen colours in the shop this week - denim and chartreuse! Due to rises in supplier costs, these new colours are £6.75 per half, but my original colours remain at £6.00 per half.

Matching Thread (optional)

I always encourage people to use the thread they have in their stash already - it doesn't always have to match! But if you'd like to add on a matching thread, it will hopefully be mentioned in the listing (if it's not, please message me - I am still updating and matching some of the colours). You can then check the colour code of the thread and see if you already have it in your stash - saves you buying it again!


The pattern calls for 2 inch (50mm) wide elastic, which I stock in both black and white. I now sell this by the half metre to save you buying more than you need and to avoid wastage. 

I hope you enjoy sewing the Bisque Trousers!

You can find me @thesewistfabricshop on Instagram.