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Date: 2/4/08 10:39 AM

Saturday I cut out a simple Burda Plus pants pattern - 2614. I measured waist and hip, as the pattern directed, and went with exactly those measurements on the size chart. This required me to cut a 28 waist, a 24 hip, and then quickly I cut to a 22 the rest of the way down. I took a slight tuck in the side to reduce some length waist to hip - only about an inch and only on the outside...tapered the fold on the tissue to nothing at the inner thigh area. After folding up some length on the hem area, I cut a muslin. With much trepidation I sewed it up yesterday. I put the elastic in the waist casing and pressed the heck out of the muslin.

I went in to try it on, telling my daughter that I would probably be screaming in pain in a couple minutes. To my shocked surprise and absolute happiness, they fit just as they were! I couldn't believe it. The crotch curve is absolutely what everyone says it is - the BEST FIT EVER. I had enough room up the back, no need to cut more there, enough room in front comfortably - in fact I can take in about a half inch or so on either side about high hip level. No crotch curve adjustment necessary. When I came into the room, my daughter was struck by how well fitting they are. She has seen me in all my muslins from pants class and has taken pictures of many an ill-fitting pair. And she is a harsh judge of fit.

WHY did I waste several years before trying a Burda pants pattern? I have NO idea. I went through a lot of grief in my pants muslin class, and now I think if I had used a Burda in the beginning I would have had a fast skate through the class.

I intend to make a couple pair of these pants next weekend.

Sorry to carry on so, but I just had to share!
m:)

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Date: 2/4/08 11:14 AM

I think everyone here who has had a similar experience can relate to your excitement. I'm happy Burda worked for you.

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Date: 2/4/08 11:20 AM

Thanks Karla! Why didn't I jsut take everyone's advice and do this three years ago when I started reading PR?! The answer is only too obvious...I have a hard head and am none too bright....

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Date: 2/4/08 2:55 PM

Muffet,
I feel exactly the same way! I have never before made pants that I have been happy with-until I made a pair from a BWOF pattern. The crotch curve is perfect-no adjustment whatsover. Since I have a "bubble butt", I started with a plus size (even though I only wear a 12 RTW) and took up the side seams to get the right fit. And I am actually wearing them to work today. I've already started on my 2nd pair from this pattern!
Here's a pic from my review.
BWOF pants

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Date: 2/4/08 3:05 PM

Congratulations, Muffet, on your fantastic pants fit!

YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!

It IS like finding the Holy Grail, isn't it?

Now here is an obvious question:

Are all Burda pants cut the same in the crotch curve. I have a Burda pattern winging its way to me now.

Will I have the same success?

Carla

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Date: 2/4/08 3:12 PM

Reminds me of the fact tht the last place you look is where you find things...

There really isn't a much better thrill sewing-wise than pants that fit nicely (OK, anything that fits nicely but mostly pants). Kudos and all that. Enjoy your success!!!!

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Date: 2/4/08 3:32 PM

I did the very same thing. I kept trying every other pattern out there until I gave in and tried Burda. I haven't been disappointed yet.

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Date: 2/4/08 3:34 PM

I sure hope they have that nice fit in all the pants - according to the boards here, if Burda fits you nicely it is consistent throughout the line. I sure hope so!

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Date: 2/4/08 3:34 PM

Nice pants! Fit you well - you can even tell in the picture. Getting a picture is usually tough, but these look great!

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Date: 2/4/08 3:37 PM

Reading some of your posts is why I finally did try the Burda! You seem to have had really good success with them.

Of course, I haven't got a finished pair of pants yet, but I am anxious to try - I won't have the energy to cut out until Saturday probably - we'll see! :)

Everyone's comments are so welcome! We are so lucky to have a forum to share our sewing with! No wonder many of us didn't sew for so many years.

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