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|BurdaStyle Magazine: 03-2011-132B (Utility Pants) - Type:Pants |
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|Fabric:||Cotton-Lycra Woven [See other projects in this fabric]|
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Utility pants in three different "styles": stretch poplin, broderie anglais or gabardine.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, but with some unintended modifications.
Were the instructions easy to follow?I was pleasantly surprised with these instructions, although perhaps it has more to do with my growing familiarity with Burda's writing (translated from German?) style. I will say that I didn't bother to follow their directions for the zipper insertion or the waistband, but that is due to a personal preference for David Coffin's steps in his book Making Trousers
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I did not like this pattern. DD1 requested these as part of her summer outfitting, so I gave her my opinion (REALLY?!?!?!) and then graciously sewed them up. She loves them, and her friends think she has the coolest mom for making them. She said she wanted them for the slouchy look. Hmmmmm.... OK
Fabric Used:stretch cotton poplin and voile for the interior waistband & fly binding. Updated June 2013 to add: a lightweight linen and an embroidered linen (that really made my machine work!)
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:None on purpose, but I did have to fiddle a bit with the sizing because of an idiot moment while cutting. I cut the smallest size, but they would probably have fit me, so I tweaked it a bit by taking in side seams and adding a box pleat to the front. You can see pictures and read the details for the first pair on my blog.
For the 2nd and 3rd pairs, I cut up one size because DD1 wants to have these in her wardrobe for as long as possible, but had to trim out about 4 inches from the waist. The only other change to the pattern I did on the most recent pairs was to make the back pockets faux welt pockets to cut down the bulk in the back and to eliminate those pesky pockets, which almost never lie flat in a casual trouser's derriere.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I'll probably be making them up again in broderie anglais, again at DD1's request. I just have to find the right fabric. I actually enjoyed sewing these up because of the design interest, and I would recommend them if you want an easy-to-wear utility pant. Updated June 2013: I have sewn them again - TWICE!
A very interesting and fun sewing project, thoroughly appreciated by my 13yr old.
Updated to add: You can see the second go round over at my blog by clicking the link.
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