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Added Apr 1, 2008

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






Just in time to brighten up your Spring wardrobe, these fresh, high-waisted pants are a good fit for many sizes.

Due to the wide shape of the pant leg, they are easy on the curves, incredibly comfortable to wear and the high waist makes your legs look like they go on forever!

If you don’t like the pleats on either side, just sew them closed or remove them altogether. Enjoy!

Material Notes

denim, buttons, interfacing




Garment Type
Casual, Classic


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    Mar 28, 2012, 10.33 AMby heather147

    I just wish they weren’t shown in such a beautifully slim model, she looks great, but would I look ok in them? sometimes give a bit, and be more real

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    Mar 24, 2012, 10.14 AMby keron

    This is nice and it is really good on her. Nice job.

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    Mar 23, 2012, 10.31 PMby Petitemess

    I love them! I made them last year for my sister but I think I have to try them again, this time for me. I love the fabric choice.

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    Mar 23, 2012, 08.00 PMby nouvellegamine

    man, these are all kinds of cute! for me personally, i think i would stitch the pockets pleats all the way down.

    and the model is so pretty! she looks like a painting.

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    Mar 23, 2012, 05.34 PMby Stitcher75

    We used to wear these 20 years ago. They’re surprisingly forgiving at the waist. We tapered the legs to the point we could barerly fit our foot through…bad idea. But what was worn on the Cosby Show was what we wore. I love the higher waists and can’t wait until the “muffin tops” are just a bad memory!

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    Dec 31, 2011, 07.17 PMby Wendy Bond

    Hrm, does anyone that made these pants know if they “emphasize” the crotch? I really hate that, and it kind of looks like they do in the fourth photo.

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    May 16, 2010, 09.13 PMby mariposa21

    haha very clownish!

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    Mar 15, 2010, 11.58 PMby birdgehrl28

    oh so cute!

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    Mar 10, 2010, 12.07 AMby amaturana

    hey there, I want to saw these bella pants but it turned out that my printed pattern measures 11 cm in the supposedly 10 cm square, what am i supposed to do?? I don’t know, any ideas? print it again smaller? take out some?

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    Sep 8, 2008, 12.23 PMby barkcloth

    Bella is not an easy fit. I like a high waist and wide legs, but the pockets are not very flattering when you have a small tummy, like I do. I’m altering Bella now, without the pleats in the pockets, but that is not that easy as Burdastyle likes you to think. I will keep you all informed about the results….

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    Apr 16, 2008, 03.46 AMby clairelovestosew

    Wow, I really want to make these, but possibly with two button lines on each hip in line with the pockets so they look like sailor pants. I love how wide they are! Burdastyle keeps bringing it….

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    Apr 6, 2008, 07.07 PMby cheekie

    these are adorable!!! and don’t fear the high waist, even if you aren’t a size 2…I’m not , and I have a couple of pairs of the higher waist stuff, and they are really flattering (especially with a fitted top with short ‘poof’ sleeves) they make your waist look teeny and the wider leg is really slimming!

    can’t wait to buy this and make them for spring!!! what fabric to choose hmmmm…

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      Dec 31, 2011, 07.13 PMby Wendy Bond

      Thank you for this. As a gal with a “fuller” tummy, lol, I was afraid of the high waist. I love the style, but figured it wouldn’t be flattering on me. Now I have a little more confidence for pulling them off! Thanks again. xD

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    Apr 4, 2008, 10.47 AMby jaie

    I’m thinking I might try these and do a corset lacing instead of those buttons.

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      Mar 23, 2012, 05.15 PMby Stitcher75

      ooooh! what a great idea! please post a pic when they’re done!

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    Apr 3, 2008, 07.43 AMby nikkiclare68

    Just got my fabric and buttons…getting to work on these right now!

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    Apr 2, 2008, 03.43 PMby nikkiclare68

    Just got my fabric…starting tonight. Think I’m going to try these exactly the way they are?

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    Apr 2, 2008, 12.52 PMby pinkhibiscus

    Very stylish and cute!

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    Apr 2, 2008, 10.27 AMby shirliza

    They look very nice, but I won´t get used to high-waisted jeans. I do still love hipsters and think high-waisted trousers are not comfy.

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    Apr 2, 2008, 10.08 AMby calatrava92

    to grafixconcepts:they are fantastic, sadly and speaking from previous experience i can’t wear this, it’s not for the shapely.warning!!! but it’s perfect for someone that would like to look shapelier, it will make them look like they have quite a booty.

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    Apr 2, 2008, 07.06 AMby abucketfulofheather

    I’m not keen on the legs, I’m stumpy enough as it is, but they’d make a cracking pair of shorts.

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    Apr 2, 2008, 06.56 AMby benedikta

    I am so happy to hear that you all seem to like them. Here a few tips… For pear shapes. Key is to measure well on your widest part of the body. Then choose a size that is closest to your measurements and either let it out at the bigger parts or take it in on smaller body parts. Make sure to have enough room in the hips, otherwise they loose the flattering shape. The pleats also tend to then stretch open and that does not look good. If you are worried about them, either sew them closed to keep the look, or eliminate them. The waistband creates a great shape of your body and is really comfortable. Since I am pretty short, the pantlegs are a little too wide for me, but you can easily adjust that to a more narrow leg. Please post any further questions you may have in regards to the pants. Best B

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      Mar 10, 2010, 01.22 AMby amaturana

      hi, i’m about to try to saw these, but the proof square measures 11 cm and not 10 in my print. what shall I do? and according to this post, I should measure my hips and find the size that matches my hips more than my waist? thanks, i’m not too experienced.

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    Apr 2, 2008, 06.51 AMby lilo

    i’m ok with the pleats and the width, but there is something else not really my taste … i don’t like the buttons and i think i would put that hipline not halfway between the waist and crotch but higher, at 1/3 from the waist or so.

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    Apr 2, 2008, 06.36 AMby peaudane

    They look beautiful on the model! The curve in the back is lovely. I think that style would require being tall and having a defined waist.

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    Apr 2, 2008, 05.01 AMby photinx

    I like these, I am a big fan of wide leg pants, but I don’t think those pleats in the front just where the hips turn into thighs would flatter me.

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    Apr 2, 2008, 04.16 AMby squirrellypoo

    ooh I love those pocket pleats! What a fantastic detail!!

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    Apr 1, 2008, 09.19 PMby grafixconcepts

    SO CUTE! Would they look OK on those of us in the “pear-shaped” category?? Opinions? Anyone?

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    Apr 1, 2008, 09.18 PMby kristybiscuit

    I think it has realy potential, especially since the high waist is fitted like the bodice on a dress to flatter, rather than as they were back in the day… still not sure whether I could pull them off though. Maybe in the summer once I’ve gotten back into a little better shape. I love the shape of the pockets though, along with the bodice in the back they look really stylish.

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    Apr 1, 2008, 06.30 PMby yoshimi

    I need to get them. love them. love those pleats. I think there is a good potential in it for making it either pretty or chic, or both!

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    Apr 1, 2008, 04.28 PMby jinxychan

    I was loathing the high-waisted movement until just now. Amazing. I have to make these right after I finish Liz.

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    Apr 1, 2008, 04.10 PMby mmmrphs

    Wow, these pants are really cool. I’d be keen to try them with a normal waistline but keeping the pleats. Hmm, first I need to put a dent in my fabric stash so that I can justify going fabric shopping again…That may take a while.

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    Apr 1, 2008, 03.57 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

    wow… awesome… i must make the sabrina so i can buy another pattern! (wee little rule i’ve made for myself)

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