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A Khaki Marilyn

Added Apr 5, 2010

by ginasophia

New York, New Yo...






When The Marilyn pattern was added to the site a few weeks back I was immediately relieved because I had cropped tapered pleated pants on my to make list for a while… and high-waisted is all the better.

The pattern was very simple to follow, and I even had a decent time with the zipper, but I hated the pant leg shape. They made me look like a thigh heavy chicken, so I took in the legs a lot and reduced the taper effect, but I am still not 100% happy with the look of the pants. The pleats are a little too pronounced for me.
I will definitely used the pattern again, but next time I will make a straight/wide leg instead, and probably add back welt pockets!

Forgive me for posting such unfinished results (I have not front fastener, unpressed seams, and the hems are unfinished), but I am still unsure is I want (1) a hook and eye or a pretty button, (2) slightly narrower legs, and (3) a cuffed hem or a slightly longer simple one…

All suggestions are welcomed!!!

Material Notes

Cotton Poly Drill




Garment Type
Business, Classic
Cotton, Blends

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    Dec 26, 2010, 12.58 PMby Laura Jane

    id love some of these! there so cute!!

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    Jun 18, 2010, 11.50 AMby Anna Aasbjerg

    Your pants look awesome and they fit you really well! Been thinking a lot about making these pants. My question to you is: Is the waistband a bit too short in this pattern? I’ve been looking at a lot of different Burda-pants, and most of them makes this “starry” shape around the button, indicating that the waistband should have been maybe just a cm longer. Your pants doesn’t seem to have this problem, so I would love to know, if you made it longer?

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      Jun 18, 2010, 01.04 PMby ginasophia

      thank you! and no I didn’t lengthen or widen the waistband.

      I personally think (if I understood what you are describing) that the starry (maybe pulling) look is a result of misfit in the (sorry) crotch area. if care isn’t taken there, there can be pulling in all the wrong places resulting in gathering and unflattering fits.

      Also, if you mean lengthening horizontally, I found the length fine as long as you abide by the burdastyle seam allowances.

      I hope this helped, and if I am way off base about what you meant about the starry thing please ignore the above!

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      Jun 20, 2010, 07.32 PMby Anna Aasbjerg

      Thank you for your answer. It was exactly what I meant :-)

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    Jun 15, 2010, 11.52 AMby hannnc

    These look great! It’s making me want to give them a go.

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    Apr 7, 2010, 03.40 AMby sandrasews

    This is great to see this pattern made up. I think they look great. I just read in an article about tapered pleat pants that the trick is that the pleats should start low. So maybe add width to the waistband and get the pleated look happening starting from closer to the hip.

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    Apr 6, 2010, 11.23 PMby reneebies

    i actually think they look great, but that sucks that you had to mess with the pattern. I HATE doing that. :-( But I like the cropped look. Very cute!

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    Apr 6, 2010, 07.25 AMby candicej

    I really am not a fan of the Marilyn pattern but I love what you’ve done here. They look so much nicer with the pleats and length changed. I don’t know how you do it, but everything you make always looks EXPENSIVE :-)

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    Apr 6, 2010, 02.20 AMby natalieann-1

    Oh great to see these! They seem to have much less bulk from the pleats than my version – was that all from taking them in at the sides? I love the thinner tapered leg for the pants on you. The back sits really well too.

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      Apr 6, 2010, 03.03 AMby ginasophia

      Thanks! I think the pleats are flat due to the fabric I used, it presses very nicely. I took in the pants below the pockets because the hips fit just right.

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    Apr 6, 2010, 12.04 AMby pixelink

    Finally we get to see the Marilyn pants, even better when made by one of my favourites! They look great on you, you’ve got me thinking could I give this a go with my short stature, hopefully with some heels I have potential to pull it off. Nice one again!

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      Apr 6, 2010, 03.07 AMby ginasophia

      :D thank you!! You should definitely go for it! I feel like there is a lot more I could do with this pattern (of course all revolving about the pleats!)

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    Apr 5, 2010, 07.40 PMby sherrys

    They look fantastic on you! I think the fabric in the original is more drapy than your drill, so it suits being looser. They look great tapered in your drill.

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      Apr 6, 2010, 03.08 AMby ginasophia

      Thanks!! I agree, the stiffer fabrics need a closer fit, but I think I’ll try these again in a light linen for summer and keep them loose.

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    Apr 5, 2010, 06.08 PMby ebsnare

    I think these look really sweet, especially with the rolled up cuffs. If you take the legs in any more and make them narrower, you might lose the style detail of the pleats and taper effect. Although I do like the pattern, I do think you were right to taper them more – the original is pretty balloon-like!

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      Apr 6, 2010, 03.10 AMby ginasophia

      Thank you, I think I am going to go for a hem that will cooperate with rolled up look

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