Saturday, March 12, 2011

Burda 07-2010-127 Sew Along Pants

Dear Readers!

Finally, I finished my Burda 07-2010-127 Sew-Along Pants.  Normally, it is not a style I would have chosen as it has pleats.   I am a complete rectangle and fit Vogue and Kwik-Sew out of the box (no alterations, normally) and shun pleats.  But I couldn't resist the allure of the sew-along and learning pants alterations (which I did, thanks Sunni!).

By the way, I wanted to wear a different set of oxfords, but the little "P" you see in the picture there ate a strap off my Mary Jane Oxfords so I am off to see the cobbler in my saddle shoes. 

These pants were tall - and had quite a bit of ease - so I did two muslins and some significant alterations - they fit almost perfect for the pattern.  I also hand-picked a back zipper (instead of a side zipper, which always irritates me for some reason).    The following pictures are over-exposed so you can see the fabric a bit more closely:


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The waistband for me was most troublesome - I made two (in addition to the two muslins (so four total) and ended up taking darts in the final waistband.   The picture below shows the fabric I finished the insides and the pockets with.  
With regards to the waistband, I don't know what I did wrong. . . maybe I applied it up side down.   I did cut it on the bias - and it turned out huge - I ran out of fabric finally and went with what I had. 


The handpicked zipper below:


Typical me, I serged a hole in the waistband and ended up using applique to attach a butterfly, which actually is a nice touch!
The end result was a nice fitting, inexpensive (less than 12.00 in material - the material is a medium canvas duck - slightly stretchy), super comfy pants and I learned quite a bit.  I may make these again - since I did all this fitting, but I am going to fit the waistband better next time - and chose a much lighter material - such as linen!

7 comments:

  1. You did a great job. It's very frustrating when things don't work out the way they are supposed to, but at least you finally got the waist band to work.

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  2. Very nice! Great save with the butterfly. It's totally cute!

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  3. Great save. They look great. I think I have some that same fabric. Was it labeled as baby canvas (with some stretch)? I've wondered if it would work for pants.

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  4. Thanks Julia and Katie! Liza! Yes, they were but in reality I think they would make better shorts. . . they are a bit bulky - and I'm slim in that area....but they make comfy chino style pants. .

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  5. Awesome - you are much more patient that I am. I did a couple of tweaks on some pants a couple of weeks ago and tossed the whole thing. Then moved onto shirts...and haven't had time to finish a thing. Nice looking zipper, too! Good for you for hanging in there!

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  6. Extraordinary! We'd like to think your Kerry Blues provided an appropriate level of inspiration and support...

    Buster, Persephone, Bailey & Gracie
    Kerry Blue Terrors living in Connecticut

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  7. I love your fix for the hole! So adorable. And the zipper looks great.

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