|Pattern Description: Extra-full pants with elastic casing in the waist. A and B long, C in knee-length, also to be rolled up. The charm of it is the slanting pleat piece that tilts down from the waist. |
I sewed View C, Shorts, in size 12.
Pattern Sizing: 32-44 EUR 6-18 US
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, with my modifications
Were the instructions easy to follow? I used the downloadable version, I don't know if the envelope version is different. My view - the instructions are typical Burda - minimal, assuming existing knowledge of their sewing terms and basic skills. A caution as to skills that are not well-documented: inverted pleats, multi-elastic casing, pocket attachment, multi-piece waistband attachment. Burda rates this as an Easy pattern. It's not an Easy pattern if one equates that to being suitable for a beginning sewist.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I really have no dislikes! The styling is unique and fun. The wide legs are super comfortable for summer - and are forgiving for all lumps and bumps! Bonus - the pattern is not just shorts, but it also has two great pants styles.
Fabric Used: I used a 100% corded cotton from Fashion Fabric Mart. It is very soft, although a bit ravelly due to the weave. I overlocked every edge!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I originally made the shorts true to the pattern, with two exceptions: I left off the ties and the cuffs. However, I was not particularly happy with the finished pleated waistband. I wear my tops out, not in, and the pleats tended to poke out. Also, the lack of ease or darts or gathers in the front tended to pull the shorts up at the front crotch. I removed the original waistband and attached a 1.25" wide band with 1" elastic. Much better, very comfy.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I'll definitely sew these shorts again, and plan to do the pants as well! Recommend as a nice addition to a summer shorts collection.
Conclusion: What a fun pattern, it has so much potential, and it's interesting to sew. More pics and info on my changes on my blog!