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Burda trousers

I’m blogging for more than 4 years, and I’ve already quite a few posts with new trousers and fitting issues. And I don’t even mention all my fitting failures here. Sometimes I got very near, sometimes I didn’t succeed at all. It’s sort of looking for the holy grail, coming close but never finding it. Every time I think I’m there, then there are unwanted wrinkles when I use another fabric with more/less drape.

I think this pair is not perfect, but pretty good. What I learned in these 4 yours of making pictures, also from the back of my clothes, is that there always will be a wrinkle here or there, depending on the way I stand. This pair is comfortable, is made of a thin wool which makes it suitable for every season and is very, very basic.

SewDarnLucky asked for a tutorial on the waistband. I don’t know of one (perhaps I should make one), but perhaps the pictures in this post make it clear.

On to the next project…..


  1. These are very nice trousers, and the fit looks excellent. I have so much trouble with trouser fit, it is sort of reassuring to read that one of the most accomplished seamstressess posting on the internet finds this tricky too!

  2. Fantastic fit. I'd count this pair as a success. I'm still stuck on dresses. Fall is coming and I'll have to start tackling pants again. TFS

  3. Those look really good to me. I know I'd be satisfied with them.

  4. They look just right to me. I must also congratulate you on the stripe matching down the back, the chevron effect is really striking and makes it look very professional. I always aspire to that kind of detailed finish, but usually, aspiration is as far as it gets.

  5. They look great on you. Definitely one for the success list. I know what you mean about the 'Holy Grail'. My Holy Grail is a good bust fit.

  6. These look pretty perfect to me - I think they look great.

  7. Very nice trousers. I'm sure you will wear them a lot and look good in them!

  8. Definitely one of your better efforts. The fit is very good and if they are comfortable that's even better. Copy this pattern on something indestructible and label it so that you don't accidentally destroy it! Make more and enjoy them. For women like us who have a great deal of trouble getting pants to fit it's better not to look to new patterns, just copy the details.

  9. I think you did a fantastic job. Bravo!

  10. Good pants. In the next pair I'd deepen the back crotch a bit, and lower the rise (but widen the contur waistband so that the final rise would not change). I nticed you didn't press the crease; perhaps a crese would make them a bit more straight too.

  11. I think you've achieved a good fit here.

  12. IMO the fit is great and they look good on you. These are some nice pants that will probably get a lot of wear!

  13. I think they look great - all the places where fit is usually a problem is not a problem on these! Congrats!

  14. Nicely done! These pants look fantastic.


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