The Pattern Review Wardrobe Contest is in the home stretch! I’ve finished the topper, tops, and now my first of two bottoms! This Burda pattern has been in my stash for quite a while, but really came on my radar when I saw Mimi G.’s version several years ago.
I really liked these pants because the cool waistband on view B reminded me of the scarf/sash/shawl that Esmeralda wears at the waist of her dresses. I also found some beautiful purple/green tencel cotton that fit perfectly with my inspiration for this project. Even though These pants are certainly something of a “statement” I really like the way my version turned out:
Here is my official pattern review:
Burda 7195 Pattern Review – Wardrobe Entry #5
Wardrobe Contest Notes: I made this as the first of the two bottoms for my Wardrobe Contest Entry. I had decided last year that I would try to create seasonal wardrobe capsules as my sewing plans for the year, each one inspired by a Geeky fandom of mine. My spring inspiration is The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which was one of my favorite films and books growing up. I thought the fun waistband and wide-legged shape of these pants echoed some of the lines of the costuming, and I thought the use of the green/purple fabric also went well with my intended theme.
Pattern Description: Women’s wide-legged trouser/shorts pattern with waistband variations.
Pattern Sizing: Burda sizes 36-44. I made the 42 at the waist and graded out to a 44 at the hip.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The Burda envelope patterns really are the best of all worlds – Burda’s amazing drafting, style, and fit, and detailed, illustrated instructions. I found the instructions to be very easy, and the illustrations were incredibly helpful anytime I found myself doubting what I was doing. These were also pretty simple pants to put together, so I though the instructions were great.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the envelope once you were done with it? Yes! Super cool waistband on wide-legged pants achieved.
What did you particularly like or dislike about this pattern? Likes: Love love love the cool waistband detail – it is so fun! Also love the side seam being rotated slightly forward, as it makes the pocket placement akin to perfection. I normally don’t like a pleated pant, but I think the style really works here. Dislikes: Feeding elastic through the back waistband casing was more frustrating than it should have been because my elastic kept fraying.
Fabric used: A purple/teal tencel from Fabric.com. I’m in love with this fabric! I honestly want to buy more so I can make everything out of this stuff, it’s so wonderful. The fact that it is my favorite color combo doesn’t hurt much either. It does tend to wrinkle a bit, but otherwise it is fantastic.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None. I thought about shortening the pants a bit, but decided to keep this pair long so it could be worn with heels. In the future I’d like to make another pair that could be worn with flats. I’m slightly taller than the height Burda drafts for, so these pants seem to be drafted extra long.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I want to make these pants in all the colors! And maybe also in a knit. And with all the waistband variations. So, yes, I’ll make them again. And I definitely highly recommend this pattern, it’s great!
Conclusion: I love these pants! They came out so good, and I love the style and color. They are super lightweight and super comfortable too. I’m excited to be able to wear them more as the weather warms up.