I have been on a pants quest lately. Having conquered one Burda pattern, I bought a few more and am slowly working my way through my stash of fabrics and patterns.
This weekend, I completed this "muslin" of Burda 8513. I really like how these turned out, but somehow when I attached the waist band, it was slightly off and I wound up with some unintentional pleat/tuck thingies:
This fabric was from a bolt I scored from C&C Fabrics here in Dallas. This place sells el cheapo bolts of fabric with flaws that I use for muslins. Sometimes I get lucky and can actually use the fabric for something I'd wear in public. Anyway, this was $1/yard for a 9.75 yard bolt. The end of the bolt, about a yard or so, had some kind of weird flaw where it tapered off from 45" to 35" inches or so from selvage to selvage. Very strange. This is a stretch cotton lycra that I really like but that produces lap wrinkles like linen. I'm going on a fabric fast for Lent so I don't know if I'll score any better bottom weight in the next week or so but that's OK. I still have other pants patterns to be muslined. Here's another shot with the wrinkles in sharper relief:
I think it's obvious I need more practice with zippers. Here's my butt-ugly zipper:
Finally, a shot in the office bathroom:
I really do like these pants. Unlike the other pair of Burdas I made, these are size 40s. The last pair were a Misses style, and this pattern is from Burda's "Young" line. Maybe they are cut more like junior sizes? Not sure, but these fit me really well I'm a happy camper. In the future, I'll make the larger size for muslins and sizing down as appropriate. It's easier to size down than to size up!
I have a bunch more pants patterns to try. I think I'll make these again in black denim with pockets and belt loops, then move onto another out of print style, Burda 8119 low-rise pants: