Monday, 25 November 2013

Pants the right way and the hack (Burdastyle 04/2013 #114b)


I love raiding the remnant baskets at fabric stores. I often pick up fabrics that I would not normally look at twice on the shelf but, because it's cheap, I give it a go and sometimes I'm pleasantly surprised.


Such was the case with these pants. I found this piece of fabric, approximately 1 metre, for $2 at Textile Traders. I had just made some grey floral pants (below and here) using Burdastyle 04/2013 #114b and still had the pattern out. I decided to make another pair with this thin, woven, snakeskin-like print fabric for the warmer weather. I'm wearing them above with my Twinkle Sews 'On the sidelines' top and below with my Christine Jonson 'Princess wrap' top.


But I was feeling like making something quick and simple so I cheated a bit with this second pair. I just left the darts unsewn and added some knit fabric for the waistband - done in no time.



They are so comfortable and I've had several compliments on them. This was very shortcut sewing, but with a surprisingly useful outcome.


 I never really reviewed the pattern properly when I made the grey floral pair of pants from stretch, woven fabric. I was actually not all that thrilled with the fit. They were a bit baggy in the wrong places. Also, the design has a side zip and no waistband, a combination that feels less than sturdy when I bend over. Actually, in a burst of morbid curiosity, I find myself deliberately bending in a certain way so that the zip starts coming undone. This does not make for a comfortable or dignified outcome and I must rectify the situation with a waistband and other adjustments at some point. One day. If I get a chance between making more new and shiny things!


Here's the pattern photo from Burdastyle.

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So, which is best, following the pattern or the hack? I think in this case it's the hack. And somehow, doing it the wrong way even looks more like the pattern picture. Weird.

8 comments:

  1. No sitting on the fence about it - the "cheaters" win! Also, no comments from The Peanut Gallery for a bit from this side of the Pond - I've an aisle to saunter down in a few days. I'm not excited or anything . . .

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    1. I am so excited for you! I want photos of that ribbon dress ASAP!

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  2. I like the waistband ones - they look so comfy but stylish! So I say it's a win :) Btw, I hate when pants don't have a lot of support and you bend over and they unzip... I've had this happen when I was in school... so embarrassing!

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    1. Thank you and yes, I completely agree. I won't be making that style of zip again.

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  3. Nice pants. I like the smaller print. You wear them well.

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    1. Thank you. I love something stylish AND comfortable!

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  4. $2 trousers! They are fabulous! I'll have to keep my eye out for remnants. I can't believe you made them with only 1m of fabric.

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