Added Jul 30, 2010
I made my first pants! From the time I found BurdaStyle.com I was in love with the Bella pants. I downloaded, printed and cut out the pattern back in January, but I didn’t feel myself ready to make it. Embaby’s Black & White Shorts gave me the final push, and I find myself in the middle of this project. Actually in the middle of the many pattern pieces.
I found at the market an 80 cm piece of a black gabardine, and I still had 30 cm of the polka dot fabric I used for my Kasia skirt. I arranged to cut the shorts out of this limited amount, and they were just enough, so that I cut the length at the lengthening/shortening line. The yoke facing and the inner pocket was cut of the polka dot fabric. Plus I had four black&white buttons – just perfect for the project.
The pattern is big, I knew it from the reviews, so I cut size 38, and it was a good starting point. The waist yoke pieces, the many vertical seams made easy to fit the pants. Though I spent a whole day with fitting, it was worth the time. The pieces came together nice, with perfectly matching seams. Some members complained about the pleated pockets, but I didn’t find them poofy at all. This project’s new technic (not if making pants isn’t enough new) was the blind hem. I always thought I had to use a special blind hem foot, but I saw Grosgrain’s very helpful tutorial just the day when I finished my pants and I couldn’t wait to try it. I was amazed that it’s possible to sew a beautiful blind hem with the regular foot too, and after a couple of trial run on scraps I was able to blindhem my shorts.
I love these pants, they’re so comfortable, hiding my belly, and they make me feel to seem so slim, like I was years before. I can imagine them at least in two more versions, one pair long, and an other short, but this time in different colors for the waist and for the legs. But I don’t know when can I realize them.
black gabardine, polka dot cotton, 4 buttons
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