Added Apr 24, 2010
London, United K...
My fiance asked if I would help to make him a new pair of knickerbocker-length trousers, as he has one pair which he lives in, and they’re good for cycling in. The only decent pattern that we could find was this burda one:http://www.burdastyle.de/schnittmuster/hauptkollektion/maenner-mode-sportswear/kniebundhose_pid_11_3444.html
so we downloaded it, and my OH excitedly cut out the pieces. However, when it came to assembly, the fact that a) there are no diagrams with the pattern, b) I had never before made anything with pockets or a fly zip, and – perhaps crucially – c) neither of us really speak much German (and that which we do know is mostly limited to food, or words our 2 year old German speaking neice has taught us), made it rather a, um, challenging project…
Thank heaven then for my copy of the sewing bible, the 1978 Reader’s Digest “Complete Guide to Sewing,” which has helpful step by step illustrations for, well, everything sewing related. Hallelujah. With this, a zip fly was tackled, with only minimum swearing..
We had to adjust the pattern to make the legs shorter and slimmer, but all things considered, they’ve turned out reasonably well, and I now know the German word for “zipper.”
(In hindsight perhaps it would have been easier just to get a normal trouser pattern in English, and adjust it accordingly…)
Black and white houndstooth check (unknown fibre, but something washable), with pink lining for the pockets.