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Perfect Pants

Added May 20, 2010

by ajtak7171

Vienna, Austria






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 voil, 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!

Material Notes

Gabardine – wool/polyester. Lining.




Garment Type
Polyester, Wool

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    Aug 9, 2010, 05.47 PMby HouseOf Pinheiro

    i love it… will try to get the pattern

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    Jul 9, 2010, 09.29 AMby _Sarah _

    danku! Then I’m going to try these pants! glad I’ve found a good pattern:)

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    Jul 9, 2010, 09.01 AMby _Sarah _

    Very beautiful! And it fit so well! Which pattern of Burda 12/09 did you use? 115?

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      Jul 9, 2010, 09.19 AMby ajtak7171

      Thank you! Yes, it’s no. 115, I only made slight fit-changes and stitched some seams double, otherwise it’s the original Burda pattern and I highly recommend it!

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    May 21, 2010, 04.17 AMby irmchen

    You did a really good job! Perfect fit of the pants… and you took nice photos of the ensemble (like the blouse). :-)

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    May 20, 2010, 11.28 PMby skeeler

    Beautiful — I like the pants with the shirt too…

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    May 20, 2010, 06.08 PMby lovelypolly

    congratulations to this perfect fitting pair of pants!!!

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    May 20, 2010, 03.55 PMby tamezdc

    I agree! They fit you perfect. Pants like these at the store cost a lot of money. Congratulations on such a great job. Enjoy your new pants.

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    May 20, 2010, 03.35 PMby Jodi Wade

    Isn’t it liberating to not have to wear belts any more! Only if you want to as an accessory :) That blouse is beautiful.

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    May 20, 2010, 12.21 PMby gingerrachel

    Wow, these look great on you! A good fit and I love the seam lines on the back.

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    May 20, 2010, 12.06 PMby roarah

    Beautiful job, well worth the effort they look fantastic! I have to admit I never have enough patience to make a good pair of pants, so I’m very impressed!

    P.S. The shirt is stunning, can’t wait to see the post on this one.

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      May 27, 2010, 06.33 AMby ajtak7171

      Thank you so much! The blouse is now posted, too…

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    May 20, 2010, 11.39 AMby anajan

    They’re perfect indeed! All your effort has paid off, well done!

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    May 20, 2010, 10.31 AMby carolyn-s

    These look beautiful. I really love the curved yoke behind and the seamed back legs. Gorgeous. And your welt pockets look perfect!!!!

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