Utility Trousers aka Burda 3/2011 #132

Burda 3-2011-132 linenl’ve made another two pairs of these trousers in a lightweight yet durable linen and an embroidered linen.  DD1 loved the first version from a couple of years ago and actually wore them constantly until she grew out of them.  When asked about her wardrobe needs/wants for this summer, another pair were the first item on her list for clothes. I couldn’t think she was serious, but she was!  She really likes the look of these trousers, and she thinks they are the most comfortable thing to wear that’s a little weird different from anything else anybody around here wears.  So I traced off the pattern again and set myself to making strange trousers.  Personally, I think the best part of these trousers are the front pockets, which have a flap sewn into a side yoke, and a shaped opening.

Burda 3-2011-132B front pocketsI did a faux welt treatment for each pair on the back.  The welts are there, but the pocket is backed with a single piece of self-fabric and it is not a functioning pocket.

Burda 3-2011-132B back weltsShe’s very pleased with these.  I must say the sizing is a bit big through the waist.  I stitched the CB seams and fit through the side seams (as they’re they only seams not topstitched twice).  I ended up tapering out a total of 4 inches in width.  DD1 is graced with a small waist!

Burda 3-2011-132 legHer shoes work with this type of look, I think.  Of course, being the mom, I had to mention that should she ever need a costume that looks like a pair of vintage dungarees, all she needs to do is add suspenders to these trousers, pull the waist up to her ribcage and she’s done!Burda 3-2011-132 backAnd, luckily for me, she saw the humour in my comment once she googled “dungarees”.  So this was educational, at any rate! 🙂

Burda 3-2011-132 broderie 2For the ivory pair, I initially planned to underline them down to the leg patch section, but when DD1 put them on, it looked too obvious that the underlining (or something) ended just above her knee.  Not a good look.  So after putting all the beautiful handkerchief linen (boohoo) underlining in, I cut it all out.  Needless to say, there is no danger of a wardrobe malfunction without it and the look of the trousers is uniform.

Burda 3-2011-132 broderie detailShe wore the ivory pair all day yesterday, and commented on how much she really loves these trousers.  They are definitely not like anything I have seen in RTW, but they suit her and apparently they’re super comfortable.

Burda 3-2011-132 broderie 3


7 thoughts on “Utility Trousers aka Burda 3/2011 #132

  1. I’m making these now with some rust color gabardine I found on sale. The instructions are a little challenging for me but they are coming along nicely. I’m super excited to see how they fit! Your pictures of them are great!

  2. LOLing at your description of these “unique” trousers. They definitely have a point of view and look great on your dd – she wears them with aplomb.

  3. I think it is great that she has a strong sense of her own style, regardless of what’s in fashion, good for her! Lucky girl that her mom can whip up anything she’d like 🙂 And i love that white eyelet pair, it is simultaneously sweet and cool and relaxed.


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