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Pencil Pants 04/2013 #114B



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Women’s pants sewing pattern available for download. Available in various sizes and is produced by burda style magazine

Ankle pencil pants in leopard print. These will jazz up your wardrobe and be that perfect piece to wear with plain tops.

Recommended Materials

Trouser fab­rics with or without elastane.

Amount of Fabrics

Cotton gabardine, with widthwise stretch,
width: 148 cm (58 ins) ­
length: 1.20 – 1.20 – 1.20 – 1.25 – 1.35 – 1.40 m (1 3/8 – 1 3/8 – 1 3/8 – 1 1/2 – 1 5/8 – 1 5/8 yds).

1 invisible zip, 22 cm (9 ins) long.

Seam Allowance

This pattern doesn't include seam allowance

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    Nov 30, 2014, 04.33 PMby Verdy

    I made them two days ago. Calling them pencil pants is a bit exaggeration. They came out rather spacious – not slim at all.

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    Jan 5, 2014, 06.10 PMby bluetalmeida

    Hi Girls! I am an experienced seamstress with many years using Burda patterns. My list of complains would infinite! so I use them as bases and make my own alterations 100% of the times. Even some times they add darts and cuts in pieces when it’s absolutely unnecessary. Pants..well, I still didn’t find no even 1 pattern that fits great so I guess this winter I will create my own alterations in one of them. Feel free to contact me if you need my help:)

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    Nov 1, 2013, 01.24 AMby patnel50

    This pattern is not so great. The crotch length is so long that I had to cut off 1" from the waist before attaching the waistband. I am 5’6" which is the average height for these patterns. Also, the legs were not slim enough to be considered “pencil pants”. It took a lot of alteration to make these wearable. It was as if the pattern was made for a tall person or else they had already added the seam allowance. I made the size I usually use in a Burda pattern (36) but they just were big everywhere.

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    Sep 21, 2013, 09.55 PMby mraynaud

    When I printed this pant pattern, I got the motorcycle pants instead of this one. I didn’t realize it until I finished taping it together, and thought the knee patches looked funny. I still want this pattern but I don’t feel like paying for it twice. My cart said I paid for the pencil pants, but my file is obviously not. I have written to customer service twice, and there has been no answer. NONE. It’s been months. Any suggestions?

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    May 13, 2013, 06.16 AMby sewingmom1933

    Burda patterns are the best. The instructions assume that the pattern is being used by people who already know how to sew.

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    May 10, 2013, 02.10 AMby clareh

    Thanks for posting your frustrations. I am not going to buy this pattern. Sorry you had to go through this!

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    May 8, 2013, 05.49 PMby SassyT

    There are so many complaints about Burda’s instructions that am puzzled as to why they still continue with the same type of poor instructions. This is only one pattern of many. UK mags instructions are considered to be the most poor.

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    May 3, 2013, 10.48 PMby camelia db

    Hi, i made this pants and i must say that i am not really satisfied. That stretching, i have done that before with other pants from burda, i dont know if that is really what they mean, but i measure the front inside leg and then buy pressing with my iron with steam i stretch the fabric to get to the seam lengt as the front leg( pull the fabric gently and with care that you dont burn your fingers with steam). I made no muslin and i end up taking some in the crotch. I find though that the waist is way to high for my taste.

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    Apr 11, 2013, 12.59 AMby Abuelita2

    I’m attempting a toile of this simple pattern. Terrible instructions! I havent even stitched any pieces together and am already lost. How do I interpret the following:

    “Stretch seam edges: Lay back trouser pieces together, right sides facing. (Okay, this I can do.) Press inside leg edges above seam with a steam iron (Huh? Leg edges above what seam?) to stretch them to match corresponding edges of fronts.” Haven’t a clue what they are talking about. I swear I will never waste my money on Burda again.

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      Jan 13, 2014, 07.32 PMby MaZeLiving

      Do you see that dotted line along the inside seam on the back piece? That part needs to be stretched to the length of the corresponding area between marks on the front piece with the help of a steam iron.
      I agree with the previous comment, Burda instructions are given with an assumption that people know basics about sewing. I normally don’t even look at the instructions. They are direct translation from German, and most likely written by people who don’t sew or not as fluent in technicalities of one language or another. We need to be a little appreciative of the fact that we even have this opportunity to get Burdastyle patterns either in a form of a magazine or through download. Our bodies are unique and if one pattern can’t fit all of us. Some adjustments are necessary, and that’s ok.

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