With all this commotion regarding trousers I thought I’d share my most commonly used patterns. These are all Burda patterns, traced from the monthly magazines, and all made for me, not the daughters! They don’t often require the same pattern made up 4 or 5 times, they prefer different stuff each time! 🙂
Mostly I like a trouser pattern that has some width in the leg. Not to say I have never made cigarette pants, but I do like “swooshy” trousers. Another hang-up (albeit unknowing) of the 70s I guess! I live in trousers, all year round. Linen trousers with a wide leg are so cool & comfortable in the summer & for me, far better than shorts & definitely better than skirts!
The first pattern is the oldest & most probably the most used. I cannot show you a photograph from the magazine, it’s in storage in the loft! Trousers 112 (a-d) from April 2000 have been made in linens, cottons & wool, those being lined for the winter. I’ve made both lengths too. I love the fit at the low waist, the side zip & the inseam pockets just below the shaped yoke/waistband. The hem measures 62cm on the full length pair, so you can see what I mean about them being “swooshy”!
I don’t have a wool pair in my wardrobe this season, & the linen trousers are in the loft with all the old Burda magazines, so you’ll have to settle for the working drawing & my assurance that it is a good pattern!
Next up is a pattern I’ve used mostly for summer trousers. It’s 102 from Burdastyle 2/2002. It has a straight waistband that sits on the waist, a fly front & hip yoke pockets. I like the optional cuffs at the hem. They’re a straight leg pattern, with a hem width of 50cm. Again, swooshy, but not as wide all the way down as the previous trousers. Unfortunately because of the season, I don’t have them to hand, & until I started this blog, was notoriously absent from photographs, preferring to be at the other end of the camera.
I do, however, have a blurry photocopy of the image from the magazine & the working drawings to show you. As you can see, the trousers are not so baggy on the thigh, but get nice & wide from the knee down.
Next on my pile is style 104 & 5 from BurdaStyle 09/2003. I’ve put them together because they use the same pattern pieces, the only difference is 104 has a side zip & 105 a front fly. Again, a pattern that’s been made in both linen & wool with a shaped leg, falling straight from the knee & having a 50cm hem width.
Now this next pattern is one of my absolute favourites, 116 from BurdaStyle 03/2004. I have absolutely no idea how many times I have used this pattern – quite possibly at least once a year I find the need to make another version of these trousers. I adore the fit. They sit snugly at the waist & hip, have decent sized pockets and fall from the hip straight to the floor. I have them in wool, linen, cotton & linen & one in each of the colours I love so much! The shaped yoke on the back means you get a really nice shape, perfect for those who need a bit of a sway-back adjustment.
I have a copy of a copy of the picture from the magazine for you this time.
I know it’s not the greatest image, but it does show that the pants are more fitting in the hip area & just how nice & wide they are at the hem! 55cm of linen swoosh! 🙂
Only a couple more, I promise! Now I have style 105 from Burda 08/2008. They’re lovely & long & wide & they have turn ups!! Swoon… The shaped waistband with double buttons is fab & there is a neat welt pocket with button closing at the back. I made these twice for myself when a friend ( a very good friend) asked if I could possibly make her a pair. I used a fabulous black wool with faint white pinstripe. That was the first pair. Since then she’s had a pair in printed linen & another plain wool pair!
Here is the welt pocket on the back.
And the working drawings..
And the second last of my tried & tested BurdaStyle trouser patterns is this one.
I have this pattern made up in cream wool (lined), white linen, brown linen, khaki linen, black linen, lightweight denim…. I don’t really need to go on, do I?? The pattern is 102 from BurdaStyle 07/2009. I’m pretty sure what first influenced me to trace the pattern was the picture in the magazine. The model is standing in front of a Cape Dutch farmhouse. Homesick much??
They have a shaped waistband that sits just below the natural waist, hip yoke pockets, but not angled ones, a fly zip & a great fit. I’d like to say these are my favourite, but I think I’ve already said that about each & every pattern I’ve featured so far! Needless to say, there are at least 2 of each of these in my current wardrobe.
And now – last, but by absolute no means least – these fabulous bootcut trousers. I. Love. These! They are 118 from BurdaStyle 04/2009. At the moment I have two pairs in my wardrobe, a caramel colour you have seen in some of my more recent photographs without the cuffs, & a pair of dark blue & grey plaid with the cuffs I made last year.
Now I certainly don’t have the tall willowy figure of this model on the balcony of her Cape holiday home, but I can dream… I love the fit of these at the waist & hip, the narrow thigh & the wide swoosh to the floor! The little patch pockets are big enough for my iPod or a spot of cash if I need to pop to the shops without hauling my bag along. They have become a firm favourite of mine. Although I love them to death, I to have to turn up 6cm in the mid-leg. They are waaay too long for me otherwise – but look at that hem circumference! 🙂
And that, as they say, is all – folks! Hope I haven’t bored you to death with my preference for wide legged trousers – all from older BurdaStyle magazines… Hmm, I wonder if that’s telling me something. The trousers I have traced from the newer magazines have all been for the girls. I have finally decided on my choice of pattern for my own Smarty Pants entry, 102 from 07/09 in a stretch caramel linen. 🙂
ps: All BurdaStyle images remain copyright of their original owners, their use here is for purely illustrative use.