Saturday, October 24, 2009

Burda 09-2009 #109 Pleated Trousers

This is item #9 of my wardrobe contest entry. The only thing left is my Chanel jacket. It's been sitting on my duct tape double. I'm not quite ready to tackle it yet so I think I'll do a bit more kid sewing first. I was unsure if these would be flattering when I started making these trousers last weekend. They are finished and I really like them. They are pleated at the hip without being huge, they have roomy pockets, they fit well, and I love the color. And who says I can't mix stripes and stripes and more stripes? If it looks stupid, just don't tell me. :) Oh, and the belt, that's Burda #151 from a few months back.


The nitty gritty. These trousers have side seams pockets, back shaping darts, and a single pleat in the front. They are made from RPL I found at Joann's. This fabric is on sale right now for, like, $3.49/yard. It washes well and it comes in good bottom colors. I sized down the pattern to a 36, my standard Burda size on bottom.



You can see the side seam pockets mostly stay shut at the sides when not in use. I am standing funny because I realized that all my other back photos had the belt above the waistband and looked funny. In this one, I realized it at the last second and tugged the belt down a bit.




Here's a front photo without the hands in the pockets. Can you tell it is windy? It's been really warm for October; but very windy the last few days. It hasn't snowed yet and it's currently 43 degrees out.


I used a dark gray RPL for the facing and pockets because I didn't have enough of the pinstripe fabric.


Here's the side seam pockets.


I know, I know. You aren't supposed to use a catchstich to hold down the facing but I like the catchstitch and it's effective.


The inside of the side seam pockets. I didn't read the Burda directions here so I don't know if I did it their way but it looks nice.


The cuffs. I never realized I was so short compared to the Burda models. I actually tried to use their markings for the cuffs. I had pants that were waaaay too long with 3" heels. I think I cut off about 3" and made the cuff a little bit larger.


Here's the inside of the cuff.



Next up?? I think kid sewing. My kids need mittens and I know a woman who can sew.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

They look really good on you. I'm a bit wary of pleated front trousers, but you've nailed them :). Oh, and you look very tall in the pictures!

Vicki said...

Love the stripes with the stipes. Great work.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

The stripes on stripes do look good together. Excellent job!

Bunny said...

Stunning outfit on you, Dawn! You wear it well.

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

Pleated pants are all over the place in RTW. I love your version. Perfect for the wardrobe challenge.

Rachel said...

Those trousers look fantastic, and even more so with the red belt to set off the two greys! The stripes & stripes definitely work.

Sue said...

I am with everyone else - because you put the red belt on to break up the stripes they really work. Great duds!

Kathi said...

Those pants are really cute on you!!
Your stripes look fine together with the big belt to give the break there.
Excellent work!!

Lori said...

Great looking pants and the red belt is fantastic.

Lilian said...

These pants look lovely on you!
You can really get away with these pleated trousers. I´m still having doubts weather these will suit me, but your beautiful outcome really has started me dreaming again...so maybe..

gwensews said...

Terrific outfit. Very upscale. I love the addition of the red obi.

glorm said...

Some are saying no pleats, no cuffs. I say wear what you like and what looks good on you, and this outfit definitely looks good on you.

senaSews said...

The pants look great! You put it together so nicely with the belt and the striped top!

AfricaLiving said...

I really love this stripe on stripe look with the obi belt! I am so amazed too at your progress, I have still only sewn one of my wardrobe items!

Alexa said...

I really dig this outfit! The color combo, the stripe mix - love it.
I have always admired how you are able to whip out fab outfits at such quick rate. I do have a question, though: How much time do you spend on fitting your garments, and how important is this aspect to you? Being RTW pants, for example, I personally would find the fit around the butt completely acceptable. But if I had sewn them myself, I am not sure that I would find the wrinkling at the hips & right thigh and the cute little round pucker at the pucker, for example, acceptable. But I have been known to fit and fickle with my home sewn pants - ad nauseum, really. Am I too fussy? How do you do your fitting?

amber said...

Nice job on the pants, but I'm particularly loving that belt! So cool!