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Trouser Tantalizer

Trousers, pants, bottoms, cigarette pants, bell bottoms…..It is now very official. I have finally decided on a date to begin the trouser sew-a-long (I’m calling them trousers because it’s a little more exciting to say trousers than pants, well, at least to me). Fresh out of the holiday bustle we’re going to start Monday, January 3. It will be more slow-paced than the pencil skirt sew-a-long but fast enough to hold your interest. We’ll start with a fitting, talk about some different trouser styles and then move onto the construction.

For my trouser selection, I’ll be using this Burda pattern here (click here for the German website). This is Burda pattern #127 in the July 2010 issue for those of you with the magazine. I think it would be great if we all used the same pattern, but hey, if you aren’t into this pattern feel free to substitute your own. The fitting issues I’ll be going over can translate into any pattern. Oh and don’t worry, I will look like that model above with mile long legs in my pants, don’t know about you. The fact that she’s surrounded by younger than teenage boys does not help, I’ll definitely round some up when its time for picture taking. I’ve got connections like that you know.

Soon I’ll post a little list for the items you’ll need and then we’ll get started with some fun and fabulous-ness after the holidays. Sound like a plan?

Oh and here’s a button just cause buttons are cute and fun:


And no, pants ain’t just for gents. Right? That’s what I thought. Look whose wearing the pants now! Ready? Set? Let’s sew some pants y’all!

xoxo,

Sunni

**Update** I had completely forgotten about the Burda “divide.” Claire (Seemane) has very graciously given the links in the comments section of this post to the german website where you can download the pattern in German, English and French. If you are still unable to download the pattern, please contact me at sunni@thecupcakegoddess.com and I will see if someone at Burda Style can give us a hand here. Also for you shorties or petites, don’t sweat it, my legs are quite short in comparison to the rest of my body. I’ll be showing this adjustment too. Oh I’m very glad indeed that so many of you are excited to participate! Oh what fun we’ll have!

  • Seemane (aka Claire) - Hi Sunni,
    I hope to be able join in this sewalong (I’ll be doing Tasia’s Pendrell top http://sewaholic.net/pendrell-blouse-sew-along-schedule/ in January too – they should make a nice outfit together :)!).
    P.S. I cannot see the 1st image ( all I can see are the words BM1007_burdasty_127_large).
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  • Amanda - Very neat! What a perfect way to deal with the cold January blues. This would be my 3rd sew-along in addition to Gertie’s and Tasia’s, but I’m up for the challenge! Thanks for hosting.
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  • Suzie - WHOOP!!!! Count me in! I can’t see the image either, nor on the link, but based on your description of all the teenage boys surrounding the model I think I know which trousers (and yes, being from the UK, I have to agree that I like the sound of ‘trousers’ over ‘pants’..as pants mean a whole other thing to us!) and they are ones I have had my eyes on to sew for AGES!
    Oh and by the way, are we going to get to see your finished Boyfriend jacket??! Or did I (shock horror) MISS a post??!!!!!
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  • Amanda - P.S. The Burda website isn’t working for me, I just went to order the pattern. For some reason that website never works for me, even on a different computer. I’ve tried a bunch of things. Is there another place I can order that pattern?
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  • Amber - I have never done a Burda pattern so I am confused by the sizing. When it says 72-88, is that the waist measurement in CM? If so, I should be able to get it to work. I’m excited.
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  • María - Thanks Sunni I´m in!! I´m in love with this pattern but I´m a petite size and this comes in tall sizes. Should I try or should I look for a different model? Is it possible to fit a pattern by that much? I´d really appreciate your expert comments on this, cupcake readers…
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  • SabrinaClementine - Awww, I was set on calling it the Pants-along! I suppose I’ll get over it. I’ve been meaning to make myself some jeans, and since the pattern I’ve picked out isn’t for “jeans” per se, I think I’ll wait and be a part of the sew along! (Besides, I’d been debating if I should wait to lose a few more pounds before I tackle that….and December will already be busy with my coat and dress I’m making.) I’ll be looking forward to it!
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  • Seemane (aka Claire) - Hi Amber,
    Re: Sizes for this pattern
    The pattern was originally published in the Burda Style magazine (and then later-on made available as a PDF download on the BurdaStyle.com website).
    So…., I had a look at the German website http://www.burdastyle.de and I found this chart (“Burda Measurement Charts for the magazine patterns” you can download the PDF file in German, English & French here: http://www.burdastyle.de/chameleon/outbox/public/6506295f-c2c9-ec4a-f434-c3af2f2c134d/Tab_DamenHerren-2.pdf)
    From the chart these are the measurements for szies 72-88 (the “Tall” sizes, aimed at ladies 5’9″/176cm tall):
    SIZE…..BUST……..WAIST……..HIPS
    72 = 33″(84cm), 26″(66cm), 35.5″(90cm)
    76 = 34.75″ (88cm), 27.75″(70cm), 37″(94cm)
    80 = 36.25″ (92cm), 29.25″(74cm), 38.75″(98cm)
    84 = 37.75 (96cm), 30.75″(78cm), 40.25″(102cm)
    88 = 39.5″ (100cm), 32.5″(82cm), 41.75″(106cm)
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  • Stephanie - I am so excited for the sew-along. And even better is that I have this issue of the magazine. Now to just sit down and get it traced. I do have the same question as Maria. I am also on the short side. I am guessing that there must be a lengthen/shorten lines within the pattern that could be adjusted from there??? Or is there more that would be needed???
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  • lap - You’ve picked trousers that should be universally flattering! I too will have an elongated inseam and be surrounded by teenage boys.
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  • Amber - Perfect. Thank you. I do fit the Tall category so I am excited about that. But I will have to either alter the pattern for my hips or lose 2-1/2 inches before January. hmmm. I think I can manage the alterations.
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  • Zoe - excellent news. I’m in, especially if it will mean I will look tall and leggy!
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  • Christine - Yes! I haven’t made pants yet so I’m looking forward to this.
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  • Istanbulonstilettos - Woo! This will be my first sew along. I am about to give birth (within this week) and I think this will be a great way to go back to my old routine with the timing of the sew along schedule. I can’t wait! I already have the color in mind. Firey red! Take that baby pounds! ;)
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  • Tilly - Ooh yes please! I abandoned my first attempt at trousers because the fitting was too much effort, so a sewalong will be perfect! I have a large derriere for my frame so it’d be good to cover those kinds of adjustments – someone advised me to measure my “back crotch curve”, which seems a bit daunting…
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  • Angela - I’m not good a following sewalongs, but they’re so fun to readalong with. I’m also a little intimidated by pants…. hmmm.. but this looks like so much fun. At the very least I’ll be watching for your posts. :)
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  • Alison - I’m very excited for this! Thanks for doing it! :)
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  • Amy L - I am in – pants are needed to expand my winter clothing options. I’m also excited about a slow pace since life gets in the way of my sewing plans often. I’ve bought my pattern and will start contemplating fabric. I’m excited!!
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  • Elle - In all my sewing, I don’t think I’ve actually made a proper pair of trousers, at least for an adult. I’m intrigued, and tentatively in.
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  • Suzy - Very tempted as my attempts at making trousers have been less than successful but I’m also quite petite. Need to think about it!
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  • Kim - I haven’t tried pants of any kind for at least 5 years because I can never get the fit right, so a sewalong sounds perfect. I just hope I can keep up with this and with Tasia’s Pendrell sewalong too! I think I’ll make Simplicity 2562 instead of the Burda since I already have it in my stash, but the patterns look fairly similar.
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  • oonaballoona - ooooooooooh cupcake goddess i’m so psyched! i may have to play catch up but i am so in. i’ve only tried one pair of pants before, a failure…
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  • Sandra - Hi Sunni, would love to join in a pants sewalong! It seems you can read my mind, first the Jenny skirt and now these pants. I’ve actually already cut a muslin for these and still confused about sizing. I fit the tall category so no problems there. But when I cut to my size in Burda for pants it’s often waaaay to big! But I wonder if I should be cutting smaller or cutting to my size and taking in. I’m actually hoping to finish these pants before your start date but will definitely join in with another pair.
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  • lakaribane - I’m in. Trousers (c’est tellement chic comme mot!) are on my 2011 Sewing Resolutions, mostly a derrière issue to work out.
    But I might do a different pattern…
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  • Tasia - I look forward to your photo shoot with the teenage boys and your mile-long legs! :)
    Great idea, a lot of people are intimidated by pants…so a sew-along is brilliant! and Claire aka Seemane is so right, these trousers would be awesome with the Pendrell Blouse!
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  • Sue - I would like to sew along too! Please count me in.
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  • Amy - I’ll be sewing along! I’ll have to take a closer look at that pattern to see if it will work for my figure, but if not, I’m sure I can find a good sub. Looks like fun & I bet we’ll all learn a lot!
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  • Alessa - Oh awesome, I have a couple of trousers in my to-sew pile and a sew-along sounds fantastic! Sadly I will be without my sewing machine until February (while tramping around the world, which is a good consolation for not being able to sew) so I’ll have to start when you’re probably already finished… Still, looking forward to your tips and tutorials!
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  • Melissa - Hi Sunni, You can count me in as well. I’ve tried to make trousers in the past but failed in the fitting. Going to go dig up this magazine from the collection :)
    ps: Stop listing fabulous patterns on etsy. I just bought another one!
    Thanks,
    Melissa
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  • Kathleen - Awesome! I have the magazine laying here and I was always drawn to those pants, but they intimidate me. I might join the sew-a-long depending on how busy the first month of the new year will be.
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  • Suzy - Well, I decided to join the sew along, yay!! I will be using a different pattern which I already have in my (growing) collection ;) Looking forward to sewlong :)
    http://www.suzysewing.blogspot.com
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  • Elizabeth - I would love to partipate myself! I’m taking a fitting class the first week of Feb, but my partner for the class and I will be working before then.
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  • Abby - Perfect timing. One of my ’11 sewing resolutions is to perfect a TNT pants pattern. Looking forward to the sew along!
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  • Pam - I’m in as well!! I haven’t done trousers in a while – normally I have no waist and straight hips – so I don’t do muslins – but I’d like to see how everyone does it right!!
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  • sharon - I would love to sew along as well. Please count me in. I’m 5’2″ so definately don’t fit into the tall catergory, is it okay to use a different pattern?
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  • Claire - im freakishly tall!! Im guessing im going to have to lengthen the trousers if i join in. I need to consult some books!
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