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Message Board > Fitting Woes > Sigh... Burda 6/2011 #114 ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Subject: Sigh... Burda 6/2011 #114 pants Date: 12/9/11 2:11 AM

I probably own more than 20 pairs of pants, and recently realized I don't have any perfect pair of pants. (other than the drawstring pants...)
So when I saw Burda 6/2011 #114, I thought about making a pair - how bad can it be? It's a straight leg with elastic waist. I can just use their sizing and it should fir me perfect!

Boy was I wrong.

So, according to the size chart, I first made size 40 waist, tapered to 36 at the hip, then kept the 36 toward the hem.
It was way too baggy overall. (why!? I made it exactly the sizing chart suggested!!!)

I ripped everything apart (I even serged all the edges, even put pockets and everything, thinking it would come out perfect the first time!)
And started from scratch...
This time I used size 38 at the waist, tapered to 34 toward the hip and on. (I'm only basting this time!)
It seem to fit me better at the waist & hip, however the leg parts are still baggy.
So I took in about 1/2 in from both the side seam and inseam from the hem, tapered to nothing toward the hip.
I only did this on my right side so I can see the difference.
The fixed side fits me better, but it seemed to change the style of the pants completely.
The untouched left side has the really nice straight-leg shape, although it's really baggy.

What my next step should be?
I already ripped it apart again, and wanted to make one smaller size again but 34 is the smallest. (I'm really petite, 4'11")
I wanted to ask the board if anyone has a suggestion before I make it too small and not be able to wear it at all.

I really want a perfect pair of pants!
I love the twill fabric I got too... I really don't want to throw this project out.
Any suggestion is appreciated!!

-- Edited on 12/9/11 3:28 AM --

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Date: 12/9/11 10:19 AM

Something doesn't sound right, if you're needing to go down from a size 40 to less than a size 34 just to get the sizing right. It sounds as though your measurements may be smaller than you thought, but if not, I can't explain this. I've made Burda elastic-waist patterns and have never had the fit come out baggy -- same thing for Burda pants in general. Although since you're very petite I'm guessing you'll need to take out something from the vertical measurement (the crotch seam, not just the legs).

ETA: OK, from the drawing of your pattern, it looks like this is quite a loose/casual, wider-legged style. Do they say what the finished hem width is? My wild guess would be that it's maybe around 24", but of course that's just a guess. For a petite person, wider legged pants almost always need to be slimmed down somewhat in the legs, to look proportional. About the widest hem width I can handle is 22"-22.5", and I'm a couple of inches taller than you (and heavier).


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Date: 12/9/11 10:29 AM

I think Joan is on the right track. This just may not be a good style for you. I would look for a narrow leg burda petite pattern and make a muslin just for comparison.

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Date: 12/9/11 1:19 PM

Joan, only my waist was sized 40, and it fit ok at 38.
My legs were too big with 34.
You are right, hem circumference is 24in.
Maybe I'll try 22in.
I think I'm going to baste it again and take some pictures this time, so it's easier to see.
Thank you both for your help!

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Date: 12/9/11 3:27 PM

I think maybe you need to pick your pattern to fit your hips/thighs and then alter the waist to fit.

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Date: 12/9/11 3:46 PM

I agree with goodworks!, pick the size according to your hip and then widen the top to fit your waist.

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Date: 12/10/11 1:32 AM

Ok, I think I got it... Here's what I did starting from the beginning.

1. Made 40 waist, 36 hip and below. Too big.
2. Made 38 waist, 34 hip and below. A little better but still too big. However 34 is the smallest on the pattern.
3. Took about 1cm overall. Fit bettr but crotch too long?
4. Cut crotch about 1cm at the waist. Better. Butt fits almost perfect, but baggy in the back.
5. Took 1cm on back side seam only bellow the butt. Much better. But something is off... My mom (I'm glad she's visiting me from Japan right now!) noticed that the front waist to miid thigh is too big.
6. Took 1cm on front side seam only, between the waist (below waistband) and mid-thigh.

Result? perrrrrrrfect!!!!! :)
I'm now gonna take it apart and trace it onto a paper for next time, and make this perfect pants!
I'll be posting a review of this pattern with a picture later... Thank you all for your help! I guess my waist to hip ratio was throwing everything off. :(

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