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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:

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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!

Burda 124 Trouser ankle zipper detail Burda 124 Trouser balancing Burda 124 Trouser front detail Burda 124 trouser side back Burda 124 trouser side Burda 124 trouser sitting legs stretched Burda 124 trouser sitting

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:

  1. Started with the largest size, a 44.
  2. 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. 
  3. Took in the back seam by 3/4″.
  4. Took in side seams by 1″ all the way down to zipper.
  5. 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?