Burda 08/2011 #136: Pleated Trousers

After the success of the last three slim fitting trousers, I wanted to continue experimenting with styles and silhouettes.  My bottom half is quite firmly in the Burda Plus range, unless I want to adjust patterns excessively (which I cannot be bothered to do unless severely pressed), so I thought I would trace off this little gem from Burda 8-2011-136 and see how it went.  I don’t always like the way Burda styles curvy women – the proportions are all wrong and the fit is always 1,000,000,000 miles off of anything a self-respecting woman with curves would want to wear, in my not-so-humble opinion.  But I was curious to see what some of the styles they put out in the plus range looked like on someone like me i.e. not young and statuesque.

Burda 8-2011-136 drawing

I chose to make this pair out of tencel denim from EOS. I had some misgivings about making trousers from the fabric, as it’s quite drapey, and my previous experience of anything tencel or rayon includes horrible wrinkling and pilling. But this is a medium-weight poly-rayon-elastene blend, tightly woven, and although I’ve been wearing the trousers all morning, you can see the fabric doesn’t really hold onto the wrinkles, thanks to the polyester, I’m sure.

I’m not completely comfortable with the style of these trousers on me. They are a rather loose fit, and I sometimes feel like they are too loose while I’m wearing them, but they look as though they fit well enough in the photos.  Opinions?

My tops change in these photos – I was trying to see what would look OK with the trousers, as I really like the fabric and I’m totally in love with the colour.  I find mirrors don’t often offer an accurate perspective on ratio or proportion. This is with Vogue 1093, a Donna Karan pattern that I made up in 2010, I think, and almost never wear because it’s just such a statement, and I don’t always like people staring at me as I walk through parking lots or whatever…

Burda 8-2011-136 Vogue 1093

You can see the top of a tank top made from silk jersey at the neckline.  I’m planning a post on that top shortly.

And me rolling up the hems for the next set of pictures….

Burda 8-2011-136 tabs

And what they look like with the tabs doing their job.  The top is Vogue 1245.

Burda 8-2011-136 rolled

I have to say, the inseam tends to roll down to my ankles after wearing them for a bit…

Burda 10-2010-118, rolled trousers

The front crotch depth is very long – I even shortened it as per my usual pattern adjustments – but check out this action shot. I noticed in the Burda magazine photo there doesn’t seem to be so much length on the model, so I really don’t know what happened.

Burda 8-2011-136

I love the details on the back. I left of the superfluous centre back waistband button tab. I just couldn’t see the point.  The pockets are faux, as I didn’t want the bulk of the pocket bags on my backside.

Burda 8-2011-136 details

And a close up of the hemline tabs.

Burda 8-2011-136 hem tabs

Well, whatever the fashion police verdict on these trousers is, they’re in my wardrobe, and I’ve been wearing them quite happily. I’m pleasantly surprised at how many random pieces in my closet actually work quite nicely with them.

How about you? Taken a style risk lately?

Animal Print: Vogue 1245

Vogue 1245I bought this fabric a couple of seasons ago from a sale table of silk georgettes, mostly because DD1 really liked the print.  Then it sat on a shelf, and I would periodically ask what she would like to do with it.  Well, earlier this summer I asked again, and she confessed she didn’t really know and that she wasn’t really sure she’d wear this particular fabric anyways.  😀  More for mommy to wear, said I, and got down to cutting out this Alice + Olivia top.
Vogue 1245 backI purchased the pattern about 3 years ago in DD1’s then-current size, and need to grade up one size for me.  I didn’t do any other adjustments to this pattern – I just sewed it up as it was drafted.  Rationale:  flouncy design, flowy fabric and a busy print would probably hide any picky-perfectionist fitting issues.
Vogue 1245 AWell, the top was made up quickly without any hassle other than the usual extra time required for accurately handling lightweight silks, and then it hung in my closet until this past week when I finally decided to wear it and take pics.  We’ve been having lovely warm fall weather and this was perfect to wear on a warm fall day.
Vogue 1245 detailThis top is super comfortable to wear, although the ties are quite long even pulled into laaaaaarge bows and kept getting in the way of unloading groceries, making dinner and general kids-are-home-from-school time chaos.  It’s light, floaty and it’s fun to wear something with flounces.  My green Ruby camisole is perfect underneath and added that little extra bit of warmth that’s always desired in the fall.  The cami is also modesty insurance.  I don’t know if you can see it, but the neckline has a narrow-hemmed slit opening at the CF, and it’s low.
Vogue 1245 frontIt’s nice to finally blog this top.  I enjoyed making it and was pleased with the result on the hanger, and wearing it was a lot of fun.  And may I just add this disclaimer:  the pattern matching on the front hem flounces is a completely random occurrence.  Every time I try to think through and analyze pattern placement it’s hit and miss.  When I just go with the fabric, it works.  Luck, or proof positive that over thinking things without the benefit of a scientific mind doesn’t work.
And peeps, I made a pair of jeans.  I can’t wait to show them to you, because I am dayum proud of myself!