June 6, 2010

Bella Sweet Slacks

I know, I know, it's been quite some time since I posted a finished creation. I've finished up a few loose threads and now its time for some show and tell. My dressmaking groove is finally back which couldn't be better news for my Spring/Summer wardrobe, which is in serious  need of refreshment.

A nice pair of denim dress pants have been on my mind for quite some time. I've wanted, and needed, some to wear to work. I got this idea into my head that I needed I high waisted pair too. I wanted to go for that vintage vibe, you know, that "I'm innocent and sexy at the same time" look. The Bella trouser from Burda Style fit the bill. I was around the online sewing community when these pants first hit the Burda Style front page. I also remember that my reaction to them at the time was one of sheer horror as I couldn't imagine anyone wanting to wear, let alone make, a pair of these. Let's just say that my fashion sensibilities have definitely been broadened since that time and I am fully ashamed to admit I had any hesitation in making these and seeing them as anything but simply darling. If you don't like them, fine, but let me just say that Mr. S finds me to be quite the sizzling siren in them.

About the pattern: Hmmm....I love the style as you know now. Everything went OK with the construction however the instructions were poorly put together. I looked on the Burda Style site at some other guest creations and I couldn't believe that some people attempted this pattern as their first pattern in sewing and were actually able to make pants from them. The written instructions seriously do not make sense at all, and the illustrations are so small you need a magnifying glass to see them. I would rate the instructions at a 2 on a scale of 1 - 10. Does anyone else have this problem with Burda Style patterns, or is it just me? I also went down 2 sizes in these. I am a size 40 according to the Burda Style size chart, but these were enormous. Not only did I go down 2 sizes I had to take in each side an extra 1/2" to get a snug fit. Moral: these are running big.

And how about them red buttons? Giving your garment a bit of zing with buttons is never a bad thing right?

Last but certainly very not least is my favorite detail. The corset-like waist. I kept getting the "have you lost weight" comment while wearing these slacks at work. I'm actually quite surprised at how slimming these pants look. I had thought that perhaps, they would accentuate my not so flat tummy, however these make my waist looked cinched in. Love that!

I feel really girly in these slacks and I think that's one of the most wonderful things about this look. I mean, pants have a sort of masculine vibe and that contrasted with the feminine details of these pants are quite a powerful match. Have a look here for more takes on these beauties. I'm off to primp that hair and give those lips an extra coat of something sparkly.
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