Monday, 18 June 2012

March Burda o' the month: #126 3/2012

If you google "trouser fitting problems" you will literally get 61.9 million results.  Thankfully amongst the posts for muffin tops, whale tails and camel toes there are many thoughtful and detailed posts by patient and thorough sewists (both amateur and professional) who have detailed their fitting issues and solutions.  These people have made many, many muslins in their journey to Perfectly Fitting Pants and have shared their knowledge with the rest of us so we too can achieve Perfectly Fitting Pants.

Alas, this post is not one of those.  I ended my pants making journey after two muslins and arrived at Good Enough Fitting Pants which I'm more than happy with because I lack the patience to persevere any more when there are so many pretty dresses out there waiting to be made, and I also have a few more kilos of post baby weight to lose so hopefully these won't fit me in a few months anyway!

To recap, as part of my challenge to sew at least one thing from each new issue of Burda Style I decided to make pants #126 from issue 3/2012.  Don't know why I did this to myself - there were a few patterns from this issue I liked, plus Melissa did warn me in the comments to the last post that these pants are weirdly fitting, but hey I'm two months post partum so what better time to sew some weirdly fitting pants right?!  And funnily enough Melissa it's because I liked the way your pants looked on you that I decided to make myself a pair!

What I liked about this pattern is that the front is lower than the back, which is my preferred way of wearing pants, it has interesting details without bulky pockets, and it has no side seams, which I thought might give me a smoother finish over my saddlebag thighs.

Happily the finished product doesn't look too bad and certainly not any worse than every pair of RTW pants I've ever owned.


Well gosh look at that - I've embraced colour and made some bright red cotton drill pants!

For my first muslin I made it straight off the pattern, making the largest size (42 I think?) based on my hip measurement.  And as flagged by Melissa the fit was strange.  For me the pants fit well from just above my knee down to my ankles, but above that they were way too large, like low rise baggy jodhpurs with a gaping waistline.

For the second muslin I took in a few centimetres at each seam line, slashed and spread the pieces to add some extra height and took out a wedge shaped piece at the centre back to remove the gaping I always get at the waistline. I also deepened the crotch line a bit to cater for my *ahem* ample derriere.  I also decided not to do the diagonal seam lines at the mid thigh because they are just purely decorative and unnecessary.  As I said above, these changes were enough to make the pants fit ok and so I sewed it up in my final fabric, a thick red cotton drill I had bought from the Remnant Warehouse last year sometime.

You can see from the side view, these pants are very form fitting (but not skin tight), and I've managed to get rid of the gaping at the waistline which is always a problem for a pear shape.  What I liked about this pattern is that it has a two piece waistband, with a centre back seam which makes it easier to adjust:

And I can't believe I'm sharing this, but here is the back view, which fits but isn't overly flattering.  Thankfully I don't have eyes in the back of my head so I don't have to see this too often!


So overall I'm pretty happy with these - they aren't too tight around my hips and thighs, but they fit at the waistline.  And a pair of red pants are far more versatile than I ever thought.  I'm in the middle of a closet clean out, so while I had all my clothes out I played a bit of dress ups to see what I already owned that would work.  Quite a bit it turns out!

Classical pairing with a navy striped tee - very nautical:




A preppy pairing with a blue button up shirt and white cable knit jumper:



Over the top colour (I doubt I'd wear this combination):



More subdued colour (unfortunately this top isn't a flattering cut and may become refashioned into something for Anna):



A casual look with a beige and cream stripe knit:



Finally a nursing friendly combo of a striped button up shirt worn over a nursing singlet:



That's quite a few different looks without even resorting to the easy option of wearing red with grey.  And when I was watching The Nanny today (don't laugh, repeats just happen to be on when I'm nursing Toby), Nanny Fine was rocking a pair of red capris with a tight leopard print top so that's always a left field option too!

And now on to my next Burda make, a skirt this time which won't require a muslin.  Whilst I can appreciate the value of making a muslin, it's still annoying to have made three pairs of pants of which only one is wearable.

30 comments:

  1. They look great! I'm really impressed ou got the fit so well. I particularly like the photo with the stripy t-shirt

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  2. Looks good to me - I'm still trying to get pants fitting down pat. Its tough so I'm like you in that I arrive at well-enough fitting pants and am happy with that! Love the deep red, and I think the fit is pretty nice! You're looking fabulous considering you've had a bub so recently :)

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  3. Lovely pants. 'good enough'+++

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  4. I bet you are wondering why you never made red pants before this! My favourite look is with the cream and beige knit.

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  5. How great do you look in red trousers after having a baby?! I love all the combos you put together - a great wardrobe staple!

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  6. Coming out of lurker land to say that I really like them! Thinking of making my own pair now. And I would be ecstatic if my bum looked that good right after having a baby.

    Cindy

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  7. Your pants look great and I like all the possible combinations for your red pants. Great job.

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  8. I'm not nearly ready to tackle a pair of pants yet! I'll stick to simple skirts & dresses for now. I really like the way that shade of red looks on my monitor. I'd totally wear pants in that color. They look great on you!

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  9. They look great! I have been itching to make a pair of brightly colored pants but hadn't found the right pattern. I really like this one.

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  10. They look great - stylish and modern. The fit looks great too - more than "good enough" !

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  11. They look great and the colour is fab. I've not tried making trousers yet, but had eyed this pattern as a possible for my first attempt.

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  12. I haven't even dreamed of making pants for myself. I have a copy of Sew Stylish or something which shows how to measure your crotch and fit pants etc but it looks a bit difficult. One day though I might make my own pair but I just stick to wearing jeans for now. I think that lace top looks nice on you. Good on you for trying out a colour, I am always boring and wear the staple colours like black and navy.

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  13. They look good, definitely a better look without the mid thigh seam. I'm guessing all the nappy sewing is finished now then?

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  14. DragonflyDrifter19 June 2012 at 09:02

    I'm usually a lurker, but have to say I love your blog and enjoy following your sewing and family journey. I always look forward to your posts.

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  15. I thought I liked a particular look and then the next photo came up. I like them all, they are all different. Aren't you pleased you got the colour bug, next coloured jackets. I am also pleased you are not going for perfect, it would be a difficult image for Anna to try and emulate later. You look really great and are doing well with your Burdas.

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  16. Great red pants and agree it is a versatile colour to wear with all the options you showed.

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  17. I think your pants look really good - love the red.

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  18. A touch of red - perfect :)

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  19. Love the red pants, and the fit looks pretty good. I appreciate two-piece waistbands on pants too.

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  20. They look good and the fit looks very beautiful with red pants. I like this one.

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  21. I like your colour choice. I'm finding that wearing red jeans means pairing it with similar combos. Even my husband has commented on not wearing too much red.
    You're really doing a good job.

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  22. "Whilst I can appreciate the value of making a muslin, it's still annoying to have made three pairs of pants of which only one is wearable."

    My sentiments exactly! But your three pairs paid off--these really do fit quite well, and I love the fashion show at the end.

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  23. Love the dotted blouse with the trousers. And the stripey shirt. I love red! You should try and follow the craftsy course on making pants patterns...I haven't done it yet but looks very promising

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  24. Oh! I want red pants so bad! They look awesome. I never would have thought of this pattern because of all the seaming but they are great.

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  25. Sometimes I think we're our own worst critics. You did a great job! And, the dotted blouse looks great with those pants - my favorite combination of the ones you showed. You should wear that outfit at least once.

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  26. Yes, leopard print will look great with those. I own a pair or bright red pants and my favorite top to go with is a knit top I sewed that is white with leopard print butterflies on it. You're right, they are very versatile.

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  27. Love your post on pants! I'm on a quest now to find a pattern to make myself a pair of pants for the first time. These look really nice. I love the color.

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  28. admire ur work..all D.I.Y..very nice..
    all look great on u...

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  29. Chanced upon this page while searching 'red trousers' and impressed enough to leave this message. Love your DIY spirit and skills! Not to mention the trousers look Great! Cheers! - P, India

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