Sunday, January 23, 2011

Claudia Statler Pants Take 2

As they say, if it ain't broke, don't try to fix it. For the past few months everyone and their mother has been trying to accomplish the perfect fit when it comes to pants. Now I haven't tried Simplicity 2700 which seems to be a big winner, but I did start working with my Burda patterns more, and so far, with minimal tweaking here and there, I have been able to get a really good fit. I know that some of you are not big on the tracing part when it comes to Burda patterns, but if you can get past that, it's actually not bad at all. I wasn't crazy about it at first, but I think of it as if I were a designer working on a pattern that I want to make. It makes the tracing out part go a lot easier and faster. Plus, it's so worth it in the end. I get a much better fit from their patterns than the Big 4.

The one thing I LOVE the most about Burda pants is the length. I am 5'9 and I only have to add an inch to the length for hemming and that's it. With the Big 4s I usually have to add 4 inches. Not a plus. Anyway, back in November I tries these pants, and really liked them. So much so, I have made another pair in charcoal gray gabardine. The fabric I purchased about a year or year and a half ago from Walmart. Let me say now, that I am really missing their fabric department as I purchased this fabric for $1 or $1.50 a yard. It sewed beautifully on my machine and the feel of the fabric is so nice. The difference between both pairs of pants is in the first pair I made, they had stretch, these do not. That may account for the slight pulling I'm getting in the front of the pants, but hey, I'm not going to complain, I've seen worse, and these pictures were taken close to the end of my work day, so I think they held up pretty good. If I could change anything right now, I might take the waistband area in just a tad because it is a little loose but otherwise everything else fits pretty good.I have enough fabric left over for a jacket and possibly a skirt. The jacket I have chosen is OOP McCall 5597. If there is enough fabric left over I might try my hand at BurdaStyle 2/2011 #103. By the way, did you notice that I paired my pants with the top I wore to Karen's wedding? I'd say my Gray Days Collection is off to a good start.

Next up are my velour sweat pants.
Stash busting - 4 garments (2 tops, I didn't show black 9/10 Burda Turtleneck, skirt, pants)
2011 Fabric purchases - 0.

10 comments:

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

These look just like the pattern envelope. Nice job!

I'm so scared to sew pants. I might try with some cheap khaki fabric at some point in the next few months. Maybe...

Adelaide B said...

Those pants fit very well. I'm jealous. I hope you make that burdasytle skirt; the line drawing looks really cool.

knitmachinequeen (KMQ) said...

You have been a bad blogger and I've missed you. I like the pants...the fit is good. I was at my local Walmart earlier and although they still have a fabric department, the fleece fabrics are choking out the $1 and $1.50 fabric. Then again it's not as if I actually need more fabric!

Clio said...

First, I love love love the burda skirt. It is at the top of my sewing inspiration pile.

I am working on my 3rd pair of the Simplicity 2700 pants. It took a LOT of muslin to get the crotch and bum to fit right. So, I think this pattern is not for all. Next, I am going to make some Burda pants too sinc I've heard such good things about their fit. I'm also your height, so that is excellent news about the length!

Happy sewing!

Clio said...

OH!! Duh. And your pants do look really good! Can't wait to see the whole ensemble come together!

Lisette M said...

Like you I get a great fit from Burda pants. Yours look really good, you might be right about the stretch factor. I love that skirt from the Feb issue!

Sheila said...

The slacks fit great and look good paired with the top.

Tanya said...

Get pair of pants and I too miss Wal-Mart's fabric dept.

Angela said...

Ooo... very nice! I need try to make more pants... I've only made one and they're wide legged, side zip ones. I love the line drawing on the jacket and that skirt is one I definitely want to make. :)

Myra said...

Very nice pants indeed!! and I really am liking that Burdastyle skirt pattern too! I hope you do make it so I can see it made up!

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