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|Burda Plus Fashion Magazine: 09-2010-418 (Autumn/winter 2010 Jeans/pants) - Type:Pants |
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|Posted on:||9/24/13 8:53 AM |
|Last Updated:||10/5/13 9:05 PM|
|Pattern Size:||Plus-Sized |
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|Pattern Rating:||Pattern OK, but did NOT work for Me |
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|Fabric:||Stretch Denim [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: (From magazine): "...straight, narrow black jeans that make the wearer look taller". I picked this because it appeared to be a relatively simple straight leg jeans pattern.|
Pattern Sizing: Burda sizes (plus) 44-54, equivalent (according to Burda) : US 14-26 (? I think, the chart doesn't go past a 52) , or UK 18-28. I made a size 48 after consulting some measurements I had taken a while ago. Given that I had to take the pattern in HEAPS either they use a LOT of ease or my measurement have changed- I'm thinking it's the latter as last time I got measured was post abdominal surgery, so probably was a bit swollen! I really need to retake my measurements again myself...
**** UPDATE: I had my measurements checked and they are still the same so purely wishful thinking on my part! Looks like I traced the wrong size as I tried a Burda paper pattern and a size 48 pretty much fits perfectly. I will one day check to see what size exactly I traced...
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Sort of. The original photo has a very tall looking European model wearing the jeans with a rather longish tunic over them, so all you really end up seeing are the legs. I notice now a little bagging around the calf/knee so these are a looser fit than I originally thought. Also I left off the inner thigh patches as I thought they were a bit strange at the time, but now I'm thinking maybe they are kid of an optical illusion to make the inner thighs look thinner/ more concave? Who knows...
Were the instructions easy to follow? Um typical Burda WOF instructions, very brief and no illustrations for any steps. As I hadn't sewn jean before - or a fly zipper in a good while- I consulted 2 other paper pattern (1 Burda jeans , 1 Kwik Sew jeans) instructions, plus various websites/blogs, to make sense of what to sew where and how. Unfortunately I think sometimes the instructions in the magazines only make sense if you know what you are doing- not much help for the newbie. Then again the challenge of actually making something (tracing/interpreting instructions) is a good part of the fun!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the simple, straight legged styling. These were a bit baggier than anticipated, but its hard to know if this was due to design or not. I think I may have made these at least a size or two too big. The fabric I used was also pretty thin and stretchy for a stretch denim, so ther may have been a lot more "give" in my fabric that what's required for the pattern.
Fabric Used: A thin to medium weight stretch denim with woven stripes, like I say maybe a bit more stretch than warranted for the size/style chosen.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I left off the inner thigh patches and the binding on pocket edges that they suggest. I wanted to make this up quickly so I left off any extra details. Unfortunately I decided to topstitch everything as per suggested - which slowed sewing down heaps. Next time I will make a rough muslin first minus the topstitching!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Maybe if I could be bothered retracing it in a size smaller. I think Burda actually have a lovely shape in general to their pants patterns. I feel this are more "pants" style than "jeans" to me, the jeans I tend to wear right now (and find most flattering) are much more closer fitting (if in stretch fabric). I have now brought a Burda paper pattern for jeans after making these up as I like the "cut" of their crotch/thigh/bum area soo much - I think it was evident even though I had made these bit too big that Burda does draft pants well. If nothing else it's proved that the Burda pants pattern template is more suitable to my body shape than other "big 4" pants patterns I've tried.
I'm wondering -after all the fussing with stretch fabric issues and taking it in all over in various places- that if I made this pattern up in a firm woven if I would have a nice pair of pants?
Conclusion: So did I get the jeans of my dreams out of this pattern? No. But I think it was a good start and has taught me a lot about what does/doesn't suit me, and pattern that fit in with that. I can see that even though it's a bit baggy over all the general shape that Burda uses is a pretty sound winner for my curvy bum/hips/thighs (yaaay!)- now just to tweak out WHAT size exactly I should use, and then calibrate that to whatever fabric (with its degree of stretch or "give") I plan to use.
You can read more about my "fun" with the jeans making process on my blog here .
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