Sunday, September 21, 2008

Burda 09-2008-125 Trousers with Hem Pleat

Me sewing!!!

This is the review from

Pattern Description: Just your usual tweed trousers? Look again! This pair’s side seams open into long inverted box pleats that give them a completely new look! Styling tip: Add a short, bulky-knit cardigan as a rustic contrast. Extra info from me: back darts for shaping, front pockets, waistband, top of pants stops at natural waist.

Pattern Sizing: 36-44. I made the size 36.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, they look similar to the model and the line drawing.

Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn't really look at the directions because I have made several pairs of pants that are similar to this. I did read through the section on the pleated hem and they made sense.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I really like this pattern. The fit is snug though, so watch out. I may make this again in a black RPL. I have been hesitant to make/wear pants they fit at the natural waist but these are darn comfy. Now I can wear tops to work that are short again and not worry about whale tail.

Fabric Used: This is Robert Kaufman RPL in charcoal gray. My local fabric boutique had it. They also have it in black and I'm going to get that too. This stuff sews well and wears well too.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: Small swayback adjustment for my athletic butt. Oh, and you may want to move the pleat up higher. I ended up chopping off two inches and then hemming up 2.5 in additional to that. I think the pleat would look better if it was a bit longer but I cut a lot of it off.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes! YES!

Conclusion: Cute, nice-fitting work pants. Did you see that I'm still continuing my purple/plum/gray fall wardrobe? Can't get enough purple right now.


Melissa said...

Those look great and fit you well! I love the "whale tail" comment, not out best look when undies peek out, huh? ;-) Glad to see you sewing for yourself. I'm craving sewing for me, but need to finish up my son's jacket first.

Shannon said...

Cute pants! What a nice project to get back to sewing for you!

Unknown said...

Great pants, nice fit! You kill me with the "whale tail". Got some RPL from the co-op, so thanks for the tips!

angie.a said...

Already commented on PR, but had to come see more pics! GREAT fit on these pants. Did you make the tee? I love the color!!

Vicki said...

What a great fit! They look great.

Rhoto said...

WOW!! GREAT fit!! You can be QUITE PROUD, eh!!
Warm greetings,
Rhonda in Montreal

vespabelle said...

What I really want to know is: what brand are those shoes, because they are super cute. (Campers?)

Christina said...

This is one of my favorite patterns from this issue. Good tip about lengthening the pleat.

I've never heard the term "whale tail" before but I love it! Yeah, definitely don't want that.

Cathy said...

Awesome fit on the pants! They're amazing.

Maryissewfast said...

Great looking pants...I have my eye on that pattern too and your success confirms it...moving up the must sew list! Mary

Unknown said...

Okay, Miss Skinny... Tag, your it!
The rules of the game are on my blog... have fun!

2BSewing: said...

Your pants are awesome. The fit is perfect as always. You are sewing some amazing things.