Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Burda Style Pleated Linen Pants

OH YAAHHH!!!!!!! This is a BIG DEAL for me! I completed my first Burda Style Pattern!!!!!!
 I have been longing for a pair of loose fitting, cool - as in not hot, comfy, yet stylish pants!!!!!!
Most loose fitting pants look like PJ's and I did not want that!
 I am thrilled with the fit of these pants!
 Okay, an unfortunate spot for the embroidery to end up in, But aside form that this is the first pair of pants that I like the way they feel, look, and fit!
 I must warn you, before you rush to buy and download this pattern, IT'S A PAIN IN THE ASS!!!!
 It would be wise to have some pants making experience before trying to use Burda Patterns. This was the most un-helpfuland confusing pattern I have ever used! I had no clue what I was getting into! 
 First: they do not include seam allowance in the sizes! This is crazy making because you have to add your own seam allowance to pattern pieces that have curves - this is really difficult to end up with the same curved line as is in the pattern!!!! 
 OH! But i did a good job! I have always wanted pants that are high and fitted in the back so you don't have the plumber's issue when you have to bend way down to get something on the bottom shelf in the grocery store! Know what I mean?!
 I only wore this cropped blouse for these pictures because I wanted you to see the beautiful waistband I made.
 I LOVE this embroidered linen that I found about 9 or 10 years ago when I was first wanting to learn to sew! Yes, I have saved it all this time just for these pants!
 Second: the instructions to these Burda Patterns Have NO drawings to illustrate the written instructions - BIG MISTAKE- on their part! The written instructions were so confusing that I ended up looking at three other pants patterns and using them to figure out what order to do things in etc. Thank god for independent pattern companies that can teach you how to sew before trying some silly pattern like this! 
I ended up just writing and illustrating instructions as I went along so that the next time I will be able to have something logical to follow. So, really I don't think these pants are at all like the ones in the pattern!!!!! 
This waistband is the greatest because it does not cut into your belly when you sit!!!!!! I took off about 4 inches in the front bringing the v-shaped waistband down a lot lower. 
"My your work be infused with passion and creativity
And have the wisdom to balance compassion and challenge."

John O"Dohahue


  1. Awesome pants !! Yay for you !! What a triumph ; I love the material and the upper panel. Lovely and even with a hard pattern ! Great work

    1. Thank you! really triumph!! How are your pants coming along?

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    1. Thank you! Thank goodness you READ the blog and suggested looking up what pants pattern those were! I hate to think where I would still be without you!