I’m learning how to make pants. I started a pair maybe a month ago and I thought, based on the fit promises, that I’d be off to a great start but alas I stitched them up till the waistband, tried them on, took the side seams in, whimpered, and threw them on the WIP chair.
Then one day browsing Burda Style, I saw these interesting trousers:
I’m guessing the blingy top caught my attention at first as well as the moon shoes but finally I saw the trousers. OoooOOoooo. I made all kinds of noises.
Look at the trouser off the leaning tower of model. Lots of details…but it was for leather and I don’t have any leather/faux leather nor was I eager to buy any to test out my pants fitting abilities.
I opted instead for a ponte knit from Michael Levine. I’ll let you know how it wears.
I like that I now own two pairs of knit pants. I know! I really just prefer trousers. Y’know, life office wear. Suitings, boucle…all the things that a stay at home mom “shouldn’t” wear. Bah! I laugh in the face of these rules.
So, here ya go. Pants!
I know. I didn’t give you a pic of me staring straight at the camera. I figure if you saw me in person, most likely, I’d be doing one of these things. The fit isn’t perfect but it’s really close.
To get the fit:
- Started with the largest size, a 44.
- Took in 1.5″ at the back crotch hook- though next time 1″ should be enough- which corrected the pattern for my very flat seat.
- Took in the back seam by 3/4″.
- Took in side seams by 1″ all the way down to zipper.
- Took in 1/2″ at the inseams all the way down to the hem.
I did make notes on my pattern. Next time, I’ll make the darts shallower to decrease the curve I just don’t need there.
Will I make this pattern up again? Yes I will! I do want to make these trousers in a stretch twill. I like the ponte but I see why I’m not a knit pants girl. I like the comfort but I like a more rigid pant in general.
The Burda instructions were actually decent to follow. These trousers are sewn up with alterations in mind. I say that because the waist band is attached to each leg individually and then the crotch is stitched up, making an alteration much easier to do. I stitched up the crotch, joined the waistband and then attached it to the pants. Mostly because I was tired of reading the instructions. Bad stitcher. Yeah yeah. Lock me up.
I have a stretch twill I got from Fabric Mart. I’m thinking it would look cool as these trousers. I’m going to wear this ponte pair and see how the fit works after they get worn a bit.
What other kinds of fabrics would work well with this pattern?