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.