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Noteworthy Bottoms

I’ve had many questions and such about why I chose Burda #127 for the Trouser Sewalong. I’ll admit now, that it was a moment of madness and thank you very much, I’m paying for it. No, I didn’t realize at the time I chose it that it was a Tall pattern and no, I had no clue that there were different sizing charts for the Talls and no, I didn’t have the magazine and no, I had no idea that many of you who live in foreign countries have to download it from the German site and no, I didn’t know that for some very strange reason some people can’t view the image from the Burda Style site and no, I didn’t know that you didn’t have to add a hem allowance either. My¬†long line of profanities¬†of choice in this matter would offend too many of you, so I’ll just say,¬†“Sheesh!” Will you please accept my sincerest apologies? Please? For those of you still hanging in there with Burda #127, you guys are real troopers and it is my opinion that you will be rewarded. For those of you who decided to go with a different pattern, you are very wise.

1920’s Lounge Pants Inspiration

Needless to say, I’ve been contemplating pants for awhile now. Actually since Self Stitched September. So I’ve been gathering ideas and inspiration. I was looking for a pair of trousers reminiscent of some 20’s lounge¬†pants¬†that had caught my eye awhile ago. And then I saw Burda #127 as I was lurking around Burda Style. It was the one. That was the pattern I had been looking for. It had everything I wanted. The waistband, the side zip, the slant pockets, the cuffed hem, the pleat in front….

Jessica Biel in Easy Virtue

Watching Easy Virtue a few weeks ago¬†cinched the deal. This Noel Coward play turned film, is set in the 20s. A time for dropped waist dresses. Until Jessica Biel’s character waltzes on the scene in trousers fit for….a man. Her day outfits consist of these fabulous wide legged, flowing trousers, all put together with fabulous frocky tops and jackets and low-heeled mary-jane pumps. It’s an unbelievably fabulous look. And to be real honest with you, her trousers were the biggest drive in using Burda #127 for the sewalong. It’s like they took this trouser pattern straight out of this film. Not to mention, now that those of us using this pattern have had so much trouble with it, I’ve received a few emails with helpful suggestions from those who have the magazine and those who have tried these trousers. Can we all give it up to Cassandra, Stephanie and Mae! I’m seriously glad that I’m not alone on these pants¬†(thanks Ashley for your comment about that). Anyhow, Stephanie sent me a scan of the actual photo of the trousers in the mag with the verbage that appears on the opposing page. It reads: “Very reminiscent of Marlene Dietrich! These wide trousers/pants with broad hip yoke, front creases and turn-ups create a very elegant effect. The cut is very suitable for tall women – and fills college men with inspiration…” Marlene Dietrich! I should have known. That now puts another spin on these beauties.

Jessica Biel in Easy Virtue

Come now, tell me you don’t want a pair of these in¬†every color, for all seasons to go with all those beautiful silky tops and short cinched in jackets. Not to mention the lovely leggy look. Yeah, Jessica and Marlene¬†have great¬†legs, that we never see, but whose illusion is wonderfully accentuated by those trousers.

Marlene Dietrich in trousers

Oh and by the way, Mr. S gave me a Rod Stewart CD for Christmas and I’ve now got a theme song for our Trouser Sewalong. You absolutely have to lend an ear¬†toHot Legs while drooling over these images. The tune is from 1977 and for some reason, I thought that Mr. Stewart’s vocal chords had been blown out in his early years having only heard his later tunes. That is not correct. He was in the thick of it in the 70’s, one of his earliest decades and as you can hear he has that same smoky blown out voice. I do love it so. He’s such a pimp. The perfect pimp for our Trouser Sewalong.

Jessica Biel in Easy Virtue

Anyhow, back to the trousers, I do believe the navy ones (top photo collage) on Jessica¬†are my favorite. Delicious. I will be a leggy seductress after this trouser sewalong, just you wait. And teenage¬†and college boys will most definitely be inspired by these.¬†Sigh…..

I hope this has given you some serious inspiration for this week’s Finale. We are now on the verge of fitting madness, which is¬†coming¬†just as soon as¬†Monday hits.¬†And for those of you who might have been on the fence about this, come now, really, don’t you need a pair? Let’s get with the times. It’s pants or BUST!

  • Stephanie - I am so excited for the sew-along and things can only get better. Especially since it’s been a rough start. I do believe it might be a movie night this weekend and renting Easy Virtue. I think I can sweet talk my husband into watching if only to figure out the model of the motorcycle in the bottom right picture.
    I am hoping to have him take fitting pictures this weekend, and post. As I am lost to what the next step should be. Thanks again so much, Sunni. It’s going to be an great month.
    On a side note, do you think linen would work okay for the pants. I went to the local fabric stores and they had nothing that wasn’t nasty scratchy wool. I don’t want to order online until I try the style of the pants and make sure that I like them. I thought doing black linen that I have in my stash and got a beautiful fabric to make Tasia’s Pendrell top out of to have a new outfit! Yeah!
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  • Andrea - I think your choice for trousers was great and I can tell you that these pants are extremely easy to make and fit – and I do have problems with pants. Right I am stitching up a second pair and hope they will turn out as great as the first ones.
    Wish you all good luck and a lot of fun with your sewalong :-)
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  • pam - I love your choice of trousers – I did own the magazine (which was serendipitous since I only own two Burda magazines) – and I’m thrilled to learn how to put together a Burda pattern. Luckily for me – pants fitting is not a problem – I’m very straight – unlike tops – I’m glad you’re doing it – don’t beat yourself up. . . it’s been very helpful.
    P.S. I’m very far behind – just traced and cut the pattern – but I hope to catch up tomorrow. I’ve had a crazy busy week. . .
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  • Amanda - I saw Easy Virtue for the first time about a month ago. I’m surprised I’d never heard of it, especially since Mr. Darcy (ahem, I mean, Colin
    Firth) is in it! It’s a cute movie and Jessica Biel’s costumes are awesome. I’ve always wanted a cloche hat, but then my hair is long so…
    I have my muslin all cut out and plan to put the finished piece on Flickr today! And you’re doing great with the sew-along despite the bumpy start. It’s been a lot of fun so far :)
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  • Liz - I’m still with you on the Burda 127 pants!. Even though I’m a shorty, I love the wide legged look. I’m just planning on wearing it with some boots or large heels to increase my leg length. This is going to be a primer for me to sew some more pants anyhow since the fit is so loose.
    Honestly, I didn’t find the start rough at all. I think it’s due to your excellent and thorough blog posts! :) All my pieces are cut, and I’ll start stitch marking and sewing it together. Will post pics on flickr.
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  • Ashley - The choice of pattern was great, I’ve very hopeful to have a wonderful pair of dress pants by the end of this! Thanks again for all the effort, I hope to get pics up on flicker by monday.
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  • lap - I love the Burda cut, and if the sizing would work for me I’d totally be in. Luckily I have several 70’s patterns that are similar enough that I’m going that route. I’m hoping to catch up to be with you all for fitting Monday!
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  • Amy - I wouldn’t worry too much about discovering problems after picking a pattern. Sewing is like that a lot of times–we all know that,lol :) As much as I LOVE the images you shared, I can’t do pants with pleats. My hips are too wide for that style. I picked a smooth-front style with wide legs and wonderful drape. I can’t wait to start sewing them! First, I’ll need to practice welt pockets. Gulp ;)
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  • Jen - Sunni,
    I think your choice was right on, and even though I have been dying to make the Vogue pants I am making for this sew along, I had to go and buy Burda 127 too (and almost changed my mind at the last minute) because they were just too sassy to pass up! :) That being said, I just spent an entire evening fighting with muslin pockets, welts and zipper flies (ugh!) and I hope to be caught up and ready for a fitting after this weekend.
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  • Elizabeth - Thanks for all the excellent work you’ve put into this sew-along. Having had the pattern, and not being 5’10”, I went with another pattern since this is my first real dive into pants. I’ve finished altering my back piece…on to the front and then hopefully a muslin this weekend.
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  • sharon - For those interested and have the Burda World of Fashion Magazines, Burda did a Marlene Dietrich pattern in August 2008 – 105 sizes 36-44. I’m not so good with the Burda site, so not sure if it is a download.
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  • Elizabeth M - I think this post swayed me in joining the sew a long…I realize I’m a bit late, but there is rain in the forecast this weekend so I’m hoping to catch up! I’ve also seen Easy Virtue-such a cute movie and I second Amanda-if it has Mr. Darcy in it, how can you pass it up. In fact my husband and I are planning on going to see The King’s Speech this weekend! Well I just bought some fabric so I’m off to cut! Thank you Sunni for the inspiration and motivation, I can’t wait to show off my fabulous trousers!
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  • Iamnotanoctopus - Just thought I’d throw this out there: a pattern with similar style but less tricky details would be Decades of Style #4004. There are no pockets, a back zipper (which you could easily make a side zipper, I’m sure), and a simple faced waist. I just made these as my first attempt at pants, and they are really easy and quick, with a very flattering cut.
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  • MsCleaver - I’m in the midst of renovation/moving into my new house- but I am planning on making my first pair of pants this year -I’ll definitely be back for your post when my sewing time finally frees up!!
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  • Sandra - Love the inspiration. Easy Virtue now firmly on my “to watch” list. I’ve just sewn up my 2nd muslin for #127, photos about to go up on flickr.
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