Pattern: Burda Plus Fashion Magazine 02-2007-402
Flat-front pants with back darts, contour waistband, and belt loops. The legs are moderately wide and have a subtle flare. You can see my front and back here.
European sizing 44-54. I used a 52 based on my measurements. I think it might be big, but I need to wear them first.
I glanced at them; Burda magazine instructions tend to be lacking. I’ve made several pairs of pants and several fly fronts on both pants and skirts. There are only 4 pattern pieces, plus a fly template and a rectangle for the fly shield. I used Sandra Betzina’s Power Sewing fly instructions. I wouldn’t want to make a fly front with the magazine instructions.
The instructions called for bias binding on the inside waistband lower hem. I found that amusing. I used my serger to overlock the edges and left it at that.
The rectangle dimensions given in the pattern for the fly shield are too small. I used the recommended SB’s recommended dimensions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
LIKE: The style is timely. (Hey, even I like to to be fashionable once in a while.)
LIKE: The contour waistband.
LIKE: The centerback seam in the waistband – it’s great for swayback alterations.
LIKE: BurdaPlus specified that this pattern was good for fabrics w/ or w/o lycra/spandex. They usually recommend w/stretch, and I have a terrible time finding pant weight wovens w/spandex that I like.
LIKE: The fit is great for me – short front waist & protruding rear.
DISLIKE: no pockets! Yes, I can do something about this, but still …
DISLIKE: I mentioned the fly shield issues in the instructions.
A cotton flannel. I don’t remember where I got it. They are very warm. I put the brushed side inside because I like the flat side better.
I used leftover cotton shirting fabric for the waistband facings and fly guard. The flannel is pretty bulky, and I didn’t want that bulk around my waist.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I added an inch to back crotch length. I made no changes to the front crotch length, so if you aren’ t in the habit of shortening the front crotch length by several inches, you will get a low rise pair of pants. I lengthened the legs. I finally remembered to do this on the toile; I can’t tell you how many fitting pairs of pants that I’ve made that are perfectly wearable capris/floods.
I didn’t follow the instructions.
I took in the back waist 2 inches (swayback?). I left off the beltloops.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I have big plans for these pants. I’d like to add pockets, but I expect these to become a staple of my wardrobe second only to my TNT t-shirt.
I do recommend it. It was easy to sew. They are comfortable. And for me, the fit is pretty darn good.
This is a great pants pattern.