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Linen pants

Despite the wrinkles, I love linen pants (trousers) for summer. Absolutely love them, whether their fashionable or not. In the past years I had pairs of white and a beige colored linen as wardrobe staples for summer. Usually after two years I have to replace them, as they are then showing the intensive wearing and washing. Last year I did without white linen ones, as I was so obsessed with fit that I was never satisfied. I’ve been making muslins and drafts but never got to the point that I was really happy with the result. So I made no pants any more….

Fast forward to last week. 6 weeks ago I bought navy blue linen at the fabric market with the intention of making pants and have bought white as well. But, no pattern that I was happy with. All of my magazines and most patterns are in storage. Bought the Burda pattern that was a petite size. Then a “what do I care” moment and I bought a Burda pdf pattern, thinking it will be better than rtw (which I tried in a shop and they were, as usual, not fitting at all).  

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This is a not a difficult pattern, I even consider it easy but that might be my experience with sewing. During construction it looked promising, though the final fit is only to be judged with the waistband attached. When it was finished I was happily surprised. Yes, a bit of space in the back leg, but nothing to worry about. The pockets are not so good, as they gape a bit, should have known better than to use this type on my figure. I used all of the tricks to prevent it, without success. This is almost straight out of the (imaginary) envelope. The waist I traced one size smaller than the rest of the pattern. After the first fitting I added a little to the hip area, but otherwise no changes!. Pretty good in my book.

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My next pair will be a white pair. I’ll change the shape of the pocket.This blue pair I will wear  a lot after I closed (part) of the pocket.

As you may have noticed I’m an infrequent blogger again. There are a few projects I’ve written about but not completed the story. I’ll try to come back to those too.


  1. Great pants , those worked really well.

  2. Lots of trial and error but these fit really well! Have you tried to make the bodice a little lower? I had good success with that. As for the pockets, you may be better of sewing them shut.

  3. They look nice! I'll check on that pattern. Glad to hear from you - it has been awhile!

  4. Great pants and that top is really stunning! Different.

  5. Linen pants are the best and wrinkles are a design element! Great fit and great colour.

  6. Linen pants are always in style I think. You have to be happy with the fit of those pants. I find Burda pants fit me well.

  7. Nice. Like you, I find this type of pocket less flattering for a pear shape. I've heard Burda pants are great so I'm going to try a tall pair (after daughter's wedding) as I haven’t succeeded in drafting a good block for myself.

  8. Nice. Like you, I find this type of pocket less flattering for a pear shape. I've heard Burda pants are great so I'm going to try a tall pair (after daughter's wedding) as I haven’t succeeded in drafting a good block for myself.

  9. They look pretty good! Much better than RTW.

  10. Great summer pants. Linen pants are so worth the effort and provide ultimate comfort. These look great on you.


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