Sunday, May 8, 2011

Burda Trousers Muslin, take 1

So, ummm, yeah, I'm not a Burda size 42:



Is it bad when you can get into a pair of pants without needing a zipper?

OK, in my defense, per my hip measurements I'm in between 2 sizes, so I went up, figuring that European sizes run a bit small.  That, and I must have measured my hips in the wrong place?  I'm normally a 12/14 in the hips in Big 4 patterns, size 10/12 bodice.  I'm going to try a Burda 38 next time.

There goes a few hours of tracing and sewing.  Sigh.  Oh well.  I don't even have fabric to sew "real" trousers in, so perfecting the fit of these is going to be my summer project.  Time to get out the tracing paper again.

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I did have one successful sewing project this weekend:  I spruced up an old wicker chair we got at a tag sale in Philadelphia years ago when visiting friends.  Why my husband and I were both so taken with this random piece of furniture, I don't know.  Perhaps because it swivels?  Here's the before, and after:



I spray painted the chair with a glossy black indoor/outdoor paint, and stitched up the cushions with peach chintz remnants from a local fabric mill.  Though we never had it in our house in the 80's, I just love chintz.  A chintz skirt could work, right?!

32 comments:

Karin said...

How wonderful to be a size 38 and not a 42! Wish it was me...even if you did waste time tracing the wrong size! :-)

Your chair looks awesome. The black and the light toned chintz work very well together. It reminds me of the stuff that was produced in the Arts and Crafts movement when the craftsmen were inspired by the far east.

A chintz skirt really would be 80s preppy, but that could be a good thing, if worn knowingly.

Eugenia said...

Great job doing up that chair - it now looks very lovely and expensive!! The chintz is beautiful, I think that the right kind of chintz can make wonderful looking garments. Sorry the Burda tracing didn't work out on the sizing - but at least you know what Burda size you are now, so the time wasn't entirely wasted!

Chapstick Fanatic said...

the chair looks great! and i am excited to see how you fix up the pants! i really need to get back into my learning-how-to-sew phase.

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Kirsty said...

I am LOVING the chair ! It looks brilliant. Clever girl ! K x

Rebecca said...

The chair looks fantastic. Can't wait to see your final rendition of the pants. :]

montanachic said...

Love the chair, I swear a coat of black paint can work miracles. Also, stick with the pants. They can be a pain to fit but it is heaven on earth to have a pair of PERFECTLY fitting pants :)

KID, MD said...

I'm a 12/14 bottom in the big 4 and a Burda 38 is just right on me. Those look like they'll be lovely in the right size though!

Amy said...

The chair looks really nice! I have a couple of old chairs I'm refinishing right now--I hope they turn out nice like yours.

I'm not sure what you mean by being between sizes. When I sew pants, I usually cut out the waist area one size smaller than I do from the hip area down. Something for you to consider. :) Good luck!

Laury said...

You certainly did the chair proud!

a little sewing said...

The pants may be too big, but the overall fit seems pretty good - you are off to a good start. Smart to give yourself some time to perfect the pattern.
Love the chair, too! It's a very unique design.

JoanneM said...

Fit really does look good in the pants,even though they are too big.
Yes, a chintz skirt is TOTALLY fine.
:)

Vintage Girl said...

oh darlin' you did good. really those pants look great just big, The seat covers look perfect. You did really good, just think you aren't too far off from a great fitting pant. The pain of the process will be worth it.

Sherry said...

The wicker chair looks fantastic, and I'm sure your pants will too! I measure a 40 exactly and recently made a pair, and had to basically resize them to a 38, so you're not alone!

MushyWear said...

Love the chair redo! It looks brand new! Great job on the first go around with your pants. It's a pain to have to retrace, but it will feel so good when the next pair are fitting better.

Gail said...

Well it was a muslin! Best not to realise you've cut the wrong size on your fabric. I find Burda run small above the waist and big below.

sewing on a budget said...

The chair looks gorgeous!

Have yet to sew a pair of pants. Good start!

Psycho Sue- Sew Misunderstood said...

opps! we all make wadders at one time or another, love! Keep at it!

Lisette said...

Burda sizing, to me, seems to run large. I made the Ruby shorts (which I am wearing today) and have to pin them in about 2 extra inches!

Sheila said...

Your pic is a flash back when I first tried making pants. I was thrown for a loop when I was able to try them on without undoing the zipper. As a newbie to burda patterns, why can't you tweak the pattern that you cut for the smaller size...

The chair came out great and can see chintz in a sheath dress...

amber said...

Oh yeah, you definitely need to drop down a couple sizes. :) The chair looks great!

Clio said...

Awesome redo on the chair.

I'm about to sew a Burda top 2 sizes smaller than my original attempt at it. I was in between two sizes too! And told it ran small! LOL I feel your angst!

Ali said...

You went wrong in sizing because Burda patterns use German European sizing (not the more common French European sizing, which is what you'll be accustomed to seeing in 'European' clothing). So a Burda 42 = French 44 = about an American 16.

I don't know what happened when they did their English site, but the German sizing chart (go to www.burdastyle.de and 'Suchen' for 'Masstabellen') is much more accurate! If you also take your hip measurement from 23cm below your waist, NOT the fullest point you should be fine. . .

Good luck! Looking forward to the finished trousers. . .

Alice said...

Lovely lovely chair and I can't wait to see your new pants finished! ^_^

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Rūta said...

That's why I don't like making clothes from those ready pattern - you expect and easy sewing project, but end up with even more work: they either sit bad, either size measurements are wrong and etc.
The chair looks great!

Leslie V said...

I love the redo on the chair!!It looks wonderful!!

Reana Louise said...

Hurrah for having a smaller butt than you had originally thought! There's definitely worse problems to have :) Perhaps this is naughty, but, when I do muslins I use a larger stitch so that I can unpick and re-cut if need be.... Could you do that with these pants? It would save you the extra material?

McVal said...

Good luck with those pants! I haven't tried any of the trousers yet, but hoped to this summer.
Great chair!

Cecili said...

I love your chair, and yes a chintz skirt can totally work! About Burda patterns in general I'd advise you to always go 1 to 2 sizes smaller because they are quite large. And sorry I didn't answer your sweet email, I'm happy you like the dress :)

Rosy said...

My experience with Burda patterns make me choose a size less than what I measure, always. The reason is that this pattern is for German ladies (we all know they are something "big"), so for the rest of humanity is a size less simply.
The chair looks wonderful. Great job!

Liz Sewmode said...

I love your style and the patterns you choose.
I do also work mostly with Burda patterns, they are great ! Check out my sewing projects if you like..

www.cardiganpumpkin.blogspot.com

Nicki said...

Yeah, my first pair of Burda pants turned out ginormous, too. Must be a rite of passage.

Gry said...

It may just be that particular pattern. I sewed quite a lot from Burda magazines a few years back, and it seemed like their trouser fit and size varied quite a lot between patterns. I made one pair of trousers which fitted perfect after some alterations, but when I tried to cut the same size and do the same laterations on other patterns, the size was often wrong.