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October 31st, 2007 at 10:12 pm

Pattern Review: Pants – Burda Plus Fashion Magazine 02-2007-402

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Pattern: Burda Plus Fashion Magazine 02-2007-402

Pattern Description:
Flat-front pants with back darts, contour waistband, and belt loops. The legs are moderately wide and have a subtle flare. You can see my front and back here.

Pattern Sizing:
European sizing 44-54. I used a 52 based on my measurements. I think it might be big, but I need to wear them first.

I glanced at them; Burda magazine instructions tend to be lacking. I’ve made several pairs of pants and several fly fronts on both pants and skirts. There are only 4 pattern pieces, plus a fly template and a rectangle for the fly shield. I used Sandra Betzina’s Power Sewing fly instructions. I wouldn’t want to make a fly front with the magazine instructions.

The instructions called for bias binding on the inside waistband lower hem. I found that amusing. I used my serger to overlock the edges and left it at that.

The rectangle dimensions given in the pattern for the fly shield are too small. I used the recommended SB’s recommended dimensions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
LIKE: The style is timely. (Hey, even I like to to be fashionable once in a while.)
LIKE: The contour waistband.
LIKE: The centerback seam in the waistband – it’s great for swayback alterations.
LIKE: BurdaPlus specified that this pattern was good for fabrics w/ or w/o lycra/spandex. They usually recommend w/stretch, and I have a terrible time finding pant weight wovens w/spandex that I like.
LIKE: The fit is great for me – short front waist & protruding rear.

DISLIKE: no pockets! Yes, I can do something about this, but still …
DISLIKE: I mentioned the fly shield issues in the instructions.

Fabric Used:
A cotton flannel. I don’t remember where I got it. They are very warm. I put the brushed side inside because I like the flat side better.

I used leftover cotton shirting fabric for the waistband facings and fly guard. The flannel is pretty bulky, and I didn’t want that bulk around my waist.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I added an inch to back crotch length. I made no changes to the front crotch length, so if you aren’ t in the habit of shortening the front crotch length by several inches, you will get a low rise pair of pants. I lengthened the legs. I finally remembered to do this on the toile; I can’t tell you how many fitting pairs of pants that I’ve made that are perfectly wearable capris/floods.

I didn’t follow the instructions.

I took in the back waist 2 inches (swayback?). I left off the beltloops.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I have big plans for these pants. I’d like to add pockets, but I expect these to become a staple of my wardrobe second only to my TNT t-shirt.

I do recommend it. It was easy to sew. They are comfortable. And for me, the fit is pretty darn good.

This is a great pants pattern.

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    The back of your pants fit you like mine usually fit me –
    You might consider doing the following on your next pair of pants.

    Lower the front waist a little bit.

    Lower the back crotch seam by about an inch – start lowering it where the back seam starts to curve and then curve it back up to where the crotch seam ends by the leg. You need more depth in the back for your derriere.

    If you want to email me back for a drawing, I’d be happy to do that for you.
    I don’t remember the name of the people – they used to work together – that I got this from.

    Most puchased pants for me are way too high at the waist in center front and way too low at center waist in the back. So, I lower the front waistband about two inches (my waistline is slanted downward in front like a lot of men’s waists) and try to get some extra length by lowering the back crotch seam.

    Also, I finally got a pair of ready made pants that ALMOST fit – you might consider trying them – I purchased them at Catherines – and they are the RIGHT FIT line –

    Good luck –


    Sharon on November 3rd, 2007
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