Pants! Trousers! While they are quite wonky and are not to be looked at up close, I am quite proud that I made a pair of trousers!
When I was in uni I worked part-time in a clothing boutique with great-fitting pants in very nice wools and gabardines (at handsome prices) and I had envied the working adults who would come into the shop to buy those pants. At the end of uni, my mom gave me money to buy a pair of them (in fact the pants and the matching jacket and skirt) as a graduation gift. Years later (in fact even just last week) I am still wearing those pants (in fact jacket as well) I guess I don’t wear them regularly so they are still in great shape. Now that I can sew I wanted to make another pair of great fitting trousers with a good-quality fabric.
I used the Editorial Pants pattern #118C in Burdastyle 08/2013 – I like the whole outfit in the magazine, both the jacket and the pants, but it will probably take me quite awhile to make this jacket. The fabric I used is Italian wool gabardine, which I got for a very good price at my beloved fabric shop Marunan‘s closing liquidation.
I am happy about the way it turned out providing that I had only made a part muslin to quickly test the waist /hip size. For me, Burdastyle patterns fit quite well and this time I did not have to make any adjustments to the pattern except shortening the hem. As you can see from the creases around the crotch area, I should have lengthened the top part of the pants a little. This project was an intensive learning experience for me – I learned to make welt pockets, and also to sew buttonholes! I don’t know if daring to sew with a pant pattern without diagrams/details for my first pair was a good idea, I got quite lost with the instructions (especially since for my last few projects I had sewed with Indie patterns and got used to being guided through step-by-step with diagrams). Luckily, there is the internet with tons of useful tutorials:-)
messy buttonholes (the outer one is too huge and I accidentally slashed through a lot of threads for the inside buttonhole)
welts pockets turned out better than I thought though they do not lay flat
So here, my first pair of pants! They are not perfect and from looking at the lines /creases in the photos not even that well-fitting but I think I will wear them quite a bit^^ I am also excited about making more pants.
Pattern: Burdastyle 08/2013 #118C
Fabric: Wool gabardine
Adjustments: none except for shortening the hem. Note to self to lengthen waist/hip area next time!
Do you have any pant patterns you prefer? (fits well, easy to make…)