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How does the crotch fit those with large stomachs?
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Date: 8/3/13 9:05 AM

I have not made pants with a Burda pattern before. How is the drafting of the pants for those with a Apple shape? Have you had success these compared to the Big 4?

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Date: 8/3/13 3:18 PM

I am a pear shape and think that burda pants are geared for the pear bodies.

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Date: 8/3/13 5:40 PM

I'm more of an apple, and find Burda pants to be the absolute best for me. It's mostly a matter following Burda's instructions on that measuring chart that's annoyingly hidden somewhere on the pattern pieces these days. You can choose the size lines that match your own personal ones, so if your waist size is bigger than your hip size, you gradually blend from one size line to another.

You may want to do the "stride" measurement, which may or may not be on your chart, but which is important for pants:

Put a length of elastic around your waist, about where you want the waistband to be, and measure from your front waist between your legs and up to the back waist, holding the tape as close to your body as you want the pants to be. Compare this measurement with what you get by standing your tape measure on edge and measuring the front and back crotch seam of your traced off pattern. You want this measurement to be pretty close to what you yourself have measured on your own body, because too much length in the crotch seam is as unpleasant as too little.

If your tummy is full, you may have to make a wedge correction in front to add a bit of room there.

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Date: 8/3/13 7:06 PM

Isn't that interesting, I'm a rectangle (OK column) and I find they are a great fit on me too.

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Date: 8/3/13 7:11 PM

I am taking Sandra rBetzina's pants class and she recommends Burda or her patterns as the only ones with good fit

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Date: 8/3/13 11:01 PM

Thanks for your help everyone. I am amazed as to the different shapes liking the patterns. I will have to give this a try then.
I have a few other challenges to work on as well. Every pair I make I add 4-6 inches to make them long enough and if they fit when I stand they may not fit when I sit... fluff expands.
I have a couple of sheets I am planning to use as muslins. I am going to try a pull on pant first and see how that is working. If it works I will use them as jammy pants.

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Date: 8/4/13 2:03 AM

I read somewhere -- perhaps here! -- that it's useful to also take hip and waist (and perhaps thigh, if you have ample thighs) sitting down. I know I expand almost five inches in the hips when I sit down, so that's another adjustment I make to my pattern before cutting out my garment. You obviously want to decide how much ease for various garments: for me that would mean less for knits (stretchy exercise pants, for example), more for wovens (linen slacks, for example, to help keep stretching through the seat and stress on the seams to a minimum).

Hope this helps. :)

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Date: 8/4/13 9:59 AM

Good point. I put the measuring tape around my hips then sit down for the final measurement. Same with waist. If it is not comfortable sitting, you will not like them

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Date: 8/4/13 3:36 PM

Am learning from this discussion. Many of the burda pants are 'sit below the waist' modern styling. Can someone recommend a Burda pattern number (still in print) that is a basic at-the-waist pant with a side or back zip? (for frumpy old bodies?!!)

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Date: 8/4/13 3:45 PM

Quote: grey ann
Am learning from this discussion. Many of the burda pants are 'sit below the waist' modern styling. Can someone recommend a Burda pattern number (still in print) that is a basic at-the-waist pant with a side or back zip? (for frumpy old bodies?!!)

Called Marlene, pattern number 112 in BurdaStyle magazine 6/2013 sits at the waist, uses waist facings instead of waistband, has a back invisible zip.
I made it several times, first with wide legs as per the pattern and again narrowing the legs and moving the zip to the side. There are only a couple of pieces and I found it quite a pleasure to make and to experiment with!

I think the magazine patterns are available to buy, and you wouldn't have to trace or remember to add seam allowances

I'm quite 'flat' front and rear but I also like the fit I get with Burda. Interesting topic!
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