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.

  • Liesl - They are fabulous – they look great on you. I love the red buttons too. Nice detail!
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  • RepurposedGirl - Hey Sunni,
    those are gorgeous! Thanks for the tips on instructions and sizing too. I have these on my radar – I, too, had issues with high-waisted trousers, but I bravely wore a pair a few weeks ago and I got loads of compliments. I’m wearing them today, actually. Hurrah!
    Glad to hear you found your sewing mojo again… mine’s been gone for a while but I can feel it re-emerging :)
    rgx
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  • mj - These are so cute! My husband really doesn’t like high waisted paints, so I don’t know if I could get away with telling him to think of them as a corset. Probably if I attached suspenders…
    How are they as far as comfort once you’ve been sitting for awhile? Do they dig into your ribcage?
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  • Tasia - Gorgeous!! You’re right, they are super feminine and make your waist look super slim! Isn’t it fantastic when people are asking if you’ve lost weight? That’s the sign of a flattering garment for sure. The red buttons are a perfect finishing touch!
    You look amazing! :)
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  • Emilie - Your pants look really great and so girly! And the denim fabric seems to be beautifull. The result looks very “finished”, which is for me the greatest compliment! Well done!!
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  • Kat - Stunning! I would love some highwaisted jeans. I have never made pants before though so I might start with something easier first.
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  • Nikole - I have the same prob with burda, it’s not until i made my first pants and was well on my way with the second that i realized (i think that was a sign to always make a toile). I tend to keep my instructions in adobe and zoom in and try to use the pictures as a guide… whoever wrote them should be shot or at least made aware that the instructions don’t make sense.
    Great fit though!
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  • Brumby - They do look fabulous. I had these on my to make list, but after attempting the Jorinde Jacket from Burda and nearly poking a pencil through my brain to stop the pain of frustration at their appauling instructions, I have vowed to avoid them for another month or so longer for the sake of my sanity.
    I have whipped up a wearable toile for a Burda Magazine pair which is similar, I just need to make a couple of modifications to the fit for my body shape, and personal preference but otherwise an almost perfect fit ‘straight from the packet’. Seeing yours though I am thinking of making one more change to the back, so thanks for posting!
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  • The Cupcake Goddess - Oh I’m so glad I wasn’t the only with issues with high waisted trousers. I’m really surprised at how well these were received when I wore them to work. Everyone loved them, which in turn made me even more confidant. I’m definitely a convert now!
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  • The Cupcake Goddess - I have to say that Mr. S thought, for certain, that I was making myself a pair of Mom Jeans. He didn’t even want me to wear them. Then when I tried them on for him, he completely changed his mind.
    They are quite comfy, and they haven’t dug into my ribcage either, which I was worried about. They are definitely so easy to wear.
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  • The Cupcake Goddess - I couldn’t agree more. Unfortunately, they tend to make the sewing of the project so confusing which is sort of a drag since the patterns are rather stylish. Hopefully they get better with more time.
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  • Nikole - I have a couple patterns from before they switched websites and the old ones (pictures) are so much clearer but the instructions remain the same :(
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  • Marybeth - They are so flattering, and you look like a model in the 1st picture!!
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  • Angela - You look wonderful in those pants! Great job!
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  • Just-chic.blogspot.com - These pants are also on my sewing list, I love the high waist.
    I experienced difficulties myself in understanding Burda Style instructions, and after some time I gave up and tried to figure everything on my own.
    You did a great job!
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  • ellen - I have almost finished making these pants – and I completely know what you mean about the instructions. They seem all muddled up! This is something I have come to associate with Burdastyle patterns, unfortunately…
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  • RepurposedGirl - Re: whether they dig in – I find that mine don’t, because they come up to my actual waist, and finish there. They look much higher-waisted because we’re all used to seeing trousers that sit in the hips (or near the hips) instead, but actually they don’t come up to your ribcage (at least, mine don’t).
    Also! I love wide-legged trousers, but because I’m a total pear shape, wide legs blossom out over my bum and hips, and bingo – I look like a need a warning bleep when I reverse… With high-waisted trousers, though, because they start higher up on your torso, so the widening for your bum/hips is less immediate and more flowing curves than ‘back-of-a-truck’. Yay!
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  • Angela - I agree with Mr. S. The trousers are fabu! HOTNESSSSSS!!!!!!
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  • Adin B - I think that it is beautiful and it looks good on you! :) Great job on that!
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