Here’s another of those fabulous, “make me more than once” patterns. I posted a whole pile of my own tried & tested Burda patterns last month, this is definitely another, but for the girls this time. I have used this pattern, which comes as a petite in the magazine, five times now, all successfully.
The pattern is Style 123 from Burdastyle magazine, June 2011. Daughter No1 is the lucky recipient of this particular pair, and I used the pattern in the petite format, making them an extra 2cm shorter. I think the German ladies these patterns are designed for must have really long legs. When I made this pattern for Daughter No2, who is pretty tall, all I needed to do was to adjust the pattern for “normal” height. I had thought I’d need to lengthen it again for a “tall” person, but the length was just right. However, for Daughter No1, whose legs are a fair bit shorter, I actually needed to shorten the pattern some more! I took those extra 2cm out of between the kneeline and the hem.
Looking at the photos now, I think I’ll be taking them in a little more from just below the crotch line to the hem, they are a little too wide on her legs. I made the 17, which would equate to the 34 in the ordinary sizes. The fabric is pretty cool. I’d seen it on the Stitch Fabrics website, labelled as Prada twill and wanted it! It is a cotton/lycra blend, but hasn’t got so much lycra that it gets all stretchy out of shape. Originally it was going to be a jacket for me, but the beige is too – well, beige! 🙂
I offered it to Daughter No1 for trousers & she was definitely in agreement. It was she who suggested using this pattern as she loves the last pair I made in a black & white mini-houndstooth. I used a black grossgrain ribbon in the centre of the waistband. I love the way it looks like a belt, but it also serves a practical purpose. As the fabric has stretch, this stops the waistband getting sloppy through the day.
I used a hook & bar closing instead of a button, it makes for a smoother finish. The insides were all overlocked before I started sewing, and boy did that make me sneeze! There was so much fluff! I also used a stretch needle. I have found that with fabrics with a certain amount of lycra or elastene, that a normal needle leaves holes. I used a stretch 75/11 for these trousers. Overall I am happy with this make, I will go back and taper the legs a bit more but I love the print, it’s perfect for trousers!
I also think this makes a good entry for the Monthly Stitch Sewing Double… Here are the other versions:
For the Love of Hibiscus, made for Daughter No2;
I Love it! Vintage style Trousers, Daughter No1’s first pair;
Vintage Style Spotty Trousers, made for Daughter No2;
Vintage Style Cropped Trousers, the first pair I made.
Now I have to cut out some pretty silk, for my next “Sewing Double” instalment! 🙂
23 thoughts on “Geometric Trousers”
The pants look absolutely wonderful, as does the model (I thought it was taken from the magazine!) wearing them.
Thank you! 🙂 I think the version in the magazine is a very helpful black pair with the model hiding half behind a car! 🙂
I love the pants. Your daughter has great style. The jacket is also pretty fabulous. Did you make it?
Thanks! No, I didn’t make the jacket, that was a find from H&M a couple of years back.
Awesome pants and the styling and photography amazing, I will agree with Valerie, it does looks as if it is taken from a magazine!! Love the fabric too.
Wow, thank you! All I did was mess with the exposure a bit. 🙂
Lovely pants! Your daughters are so pretty. Must be quite nice to see someone you made in something you made haha!
heehee, yes! 🙂
your offspring is so completely spoiled. i mean. HOLY COW. she looks FABULOUS.
my dear woman, may i ask, what machine do you stitch with? is it blessed, by like, all of the living deities around?
lol!! 🙂 I just love making stuff, & who wouldn’t, with pretty girls like this to make clothes for?? They are such great clothes hangers! 🙂 I will pat my Bernina on the top for you, & tell her she’s a fabulous old girl… 😉
I wish I was your daughter. You make them some wicked fabulous clothes. Well done!
thank you! 🙂
Love those trousers, the fabric is unique and suits this pattern. Your daughter is a very lucky young lady.
Thanks! I wonder how it would have looked in the jacket I wanted to make originally? Bet it wouldn’t have been as cool as these pants!
Gorgeous pants and gorgeous daughter! Love the idea of adding tape to stabilize the waistband
It really helps, kind of like the staytape in a dress. If there were belt loops a proper belt could be worn, that would also help when the stretch gets going! 🙂
I am always in awe of your mad skills, but never more so than when you show off your incredible trousers – amazing!!! I love these, and by golly your daughters are so beautiful and model-esque 🙂
Thank you! 🙂 They certainly didn’t get their beautiful genes from me!
Oh that’s a load of baloney, missy!! You know you’re gorgeous! 🙂
Hi Anne, great trousers are you okay with me featuring them on my page Sassy Sewing Bees. All I do is feature fab creations I come across linking to the respective blogs. Like a little hobby for me hehe.
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Hey, yes, that’ll be ok. 🙂
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