Added May 20, 2010
This is a pattern from Burda Magazine 12/2009. It only came in sizes 38-46, so I graded it down one size. I really wanted a perfect fit, so I also used my newly arrived pattern making textbook to make additional changes – I took all my measurements and compared them with the pattern, adjusting here and there. AND I made a muslin. Well, I think it was all worth it, as they fit perfectly! They don’t have belt loops which I was suspicious about at first – I always have to wear belts with pants from the store, due to my small waist but nicely round behind… :-) Alas, I adjusted the waist while still keeping enough width around the hip (and adjusting the crotch accordingly), and voilà, perfect pants! Next time I will dare to draft my own pant pattern from scratch.
These are lined down to just above the knees. Due to the wool in the fabric I thought they might feel a bit scratchy on the thighs. SO worth it. I will never take them off again.
What I learned? That grading a multi-size pattern is very easy. And how to make pant zippers – it was my first “professionally-made” one.
PS: I made the silk blouse, too, and will post more about it soon!
Gabardine – wool/polyester. Lining.
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