So that must mean...? Trousers. Of course!
I've made jeans-type trousers before but in the interim, I've put on some weight (ahem) so I needed a new pattern. I've never tried a Burda magazine pattern before - in fact I've never even bought the mag but somehow the March April issue was calling to me when I went to the paper shop, and I gave in. Well, you get about 40 patterns for the price of one - bargain!
Burda certainly cram them in. You have to work out from various clues (well, yes, I admit it would have been much easier if I'd read the intro properly) which superimposed pattern pieces are the ones you want then trace them out and add a seam allowance. All fine and dandy. I decided to do style 118 which are kinda below waist jeans/chino type things.
Burda rank their patterns from extra easy (one dot) to professional (five dots). These trousers are a two dot pattern, and I think they are, if you've made jeans before. The problem I had was with the instructions. They are pure text with no diagrams and (I'm guessing here) translated from German, so occasionally you get an odd blip where you have no idea what they are trying to get you to do, and you'll also get times when the instruction reads something like " for neck finish, refer to style 134". I realise that this is to avoid repetition and all that jazz, but it doesn't help (and don't you find it really annoying when a cookery book has a wonderful-looking recipie you want to try, but the pasty is on page 157, and the filling is on page 31?). I think what I'm trying to say here is, Burda mag is great, but to use it for your first ever sewing pattern could turn out to be a demoralising experience.
Anyway, the instructions for the fly completely threw me and in the end, I went and got out my old Simplicity jeans pattern and followed that to get the zip in, and presto, it worked.
I used Minna from Ikea in a kind of petrol-y blue colour (which oddly, looks uninspiring until you put the jeans on, and then is not too bad at all). I had originally wanted to use corduroy but it's really expensive here, and I thought it would be safer to do a trial run using something cheap and cheerful. Well, the trial run worked except...
There's always an "except..." with me, isn't there? The magazine shows a lovely slim model wearing these trousers and the top of the waistband is about an inch and a half below her belly button. I am not lovely, slim or a model, and the top of my waistband comes to half an inch above my belly button. I know high waists are supposed to be de rigeur at the mo, but not on me. Just as well I never tuck anything in!
But you know what that means don't you? Yes, and I have already started them. Might even give you a sneak preview later on.
See? you can rely on me to generate displacement activity!
Oh, and on the subject of Ikea fabrics, isn't this gorgeous? I have already downloaded the pattern (it's free - how great is that?), and I think I might do a version as a top for the Spring Top Challenge at Made By Rae (ah, but that a whole new post). Something is black and white gingham with the skirt bit on the bias perhaps...