|Pattern Description: slim fit trousers (pants if you're in the US) with hip pockets, with or without turnups|
Pattern Sizing: I made a 38, my usual, but with 40 thighs (I have "full" thighs. That sounds nicer than "fat", doesn't it?)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? pretty much, maybe better.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I got totally stuck on their instructions for the pockets. Completely befuddled. I stitched, unpicked, restitched. Then had to cut out new pieces. Had a sleep on it, and made them by looking at a RTW pair.
After that, I did my own thing, and include notes here so I can print them off in future:
- sew linings to fronts at pocket edge, to the notch, right side to right side.
- sew piece 22 to pocket lining, with serger stitch. Trim off excess fabric.
- take off ALL the fabric around the right pocket, to make room for zip/fly
- topstitch fly opening, 5mm from edge
- sew zip to left side opening
- pin fly closed; baste (then sew) other side of zip to right facing (leaving front piece free)
- fold underlap in half lengthwise; stitch one end; turn right side out & press; attach to left side, behind zip
- topstitch the fly, catching underlap in place
- attach interfacing to waistband pieces
- fold w.band pieces in half lengthwise; press; open out; stitch to top of trousers, right side to right side
- finish & press under the top (unattached) edge of waistband
- try on for fit; stitch centre back seam
- turn waistband inside out; stitch ends; turn out & press
- handsew waistband in place
- make inside buttonhole & sew hook & bar in place
- try on for length; sew hems
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? If you can find your way through Burda's terrible instructions, they're a good basic trouser
Fabric Used: A shiny shantung type fabric, furnishing I think
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- I cut 7cm off the length, because I'm average height, not model-height
- I made the back darts deeper
- sewed the back seam deeper (my waist is a 36, hips 38, thighs 40)
- I sewed 13mm seams instead of 15mm, worried they'd be too tight
- I made the underlap longer: 18cm instead of 13cm, otherwise it would catch in the zip
- I removed a further 4cm from waistband
I also added an inside pocket, made from Mary Mulari's book: Made For Travel
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I have loads of pant fabrics to use up, so I will, yes.
I don't like the mean narrow little waistband though, so I'll increase the width of that.
I might change/eliminate the waistband tab too, I don't like how these always stick out.
I normally wear bootcut trousers to balance my full thighs, but I've had compliments about these pants, so I'll sew some more (plus, bootcut are "out").