DD1 has fallen in love with the brocade trouser trend. Actually, she fell in love with crazy printed trousers when they first appeared a few years ago. And because she’s so much fun to sew for (and easier to fit than my own self), when she said she liked these trousers from Burda’s September 2014 issue, I told her I had had the perfect brocade for them in stash.
I love picking up roll ends from EmmaOneSock.com, and helped myself earlier this year when I saw this beautiful French gold/silver/black brocade. I had vague notions of what it would become, but when DD1 saw the trousers in the magazine, I knew the fabric belonged to her. She agreed. I used bemberg to line them, and silk shantung from stash for the belt.
I made no alterations to this pattern, except to take in the waist significantly. I chose to leave the fullness of the trouser front, and take in the pleats. The pleats are sewn through all thicknesses once the trousers are finished.
I added hanging loops at the waistline.And a belt loop to keep the curved “belt” in place.The belt extends from the CB, around the right side of the trousers and attaches at the left front pleat. There are inseam side pockets – which I personally loathe, but they’re necessary!
They’re a flashy pair of trousers. I must say, I quite like them, and I’m so glad this beautiful fabric has been put to good use.