Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Pattern Review: Burdastyle leather trousers, but not in leather
On Monday I (Major Moma) shared an outfit I recently made Abi that had a comfortable 80s vibe. She wanted a sweatsuit, but I wanted to class it up a bit. I used Figgy's Celestial Pullover for the top but then had a hard time figuring out what I wanted to do for the pants.
Name of the pattern: This pattern is named 2012/#155 Leather trousers for girls.
Pattern Source: You can buy the magazine that has this pattern included in the pattern sheet or you can simply go to the burdastyle website and download it.
Sizes available: It comes in European sizes of 128-152. These are basically the full range of pre-teen sizes.
Special materials required: If you were actually to make these pants out of leather, you need at least two skins of lamb nappa leather. Who does that for their 10 year old? Well, I thought grey sweatshirt fabric would work nicely. But you could try other pant weight options. Also, a zipper is necessary.
Skill level required: With the modifications I made (see below) this pattern is an intermediate level. However, if you were to use the leather, I would say it is an advanced project.
Did you deviate from the pattern? Yes. In order to fit Abi's request for pull up pants, I made a couple adjustments. First, I eliminated a pleat. The pattern has two pleats on each side of the front but since I was not going to insert a zipper and then add elastic, I needed more ease in the waist. Then, I sewed the pants' side seams normally. I sewed the waist facing almost normally. I sewed it on to the top seam but then left a space to insert the elastic. I then top-stitched the asymmetric fly down flat. That seemed to do the trick.
Good: It is a cute pair of pants with an interesting front.
Bad: The fly is quite different and I felt awkward trying to figure out the instructions.
Overall pattern rating:
I give this pair of pants a 3 bolt rating. It is a difficult pattern and I am not sure yet if I am a fan. On the other hand, it is interesting and quite trendy looking.