Evolution of my favorite pants

Until now you should be used to see different versions of the same pattern from me. This is the second attempt at Burda 6991 (meanwhile there is even a third one 🙂 ). As always I used the smallest size a 34 (which is actually a 36 printed at 90%). I had to take the waist in, so I lost about 10 cm of the circumference. I guess I don’t have to mention, that I shortened the legs as well.

I wasn’t able to find wide shoe laces when I made my first pair . But this time I had the right ones in my stash. They were attached to the sweat pants I used to make a comfy dress from.

The fabric is something synthetic that has a white sleek inside and a navy velvety outside with little white crosses. As most of my fabrics I purchased it for 2€/m at the fabric market at Maybachufer here in Berlin. Well, not exactly at the market… but in front of a bakery some metres down the street, that sells fabrics in front of their store on saturdays.


As you can see, I like to combine it with a simple striped top (some of the few things I regularly wear, but that’s not made by me) Perfect for a weekend trip to the lake…


… and even longer trips (This is the Uyuni Salt lake in Bolivia)

I photographed some more makes when I was on vacation in South America last year. I just have to find some time to put them up here.

I had to “skip” MeMadeMay this year. I fullfilled my vow to wear a different me-made garment each day. But that’s what I do anyway almost the whole year around. The biggest challenge, but also the thing that MMM is about for me, is to take a picture of my outfit everyday. I hope I can take part again next year. But first I have to blog more than 20 garments I made but didn’t document here yet.

Thank you for your patience (again 🙂 )

Black Merry Melon

Black and merry might sound a bit weird together but it’s the truth. These pants are black and I am merry… and the pattern is called ‘Merry Melon’. It’s another make from my beloved CUT magazine (No. 13). Everytime I get a new issue I browse through it and want to make almost every pattern (there are just about 3 patterns per issue… but over time that sums up). I like the mix of simple silhouettes and special details. This time I was sold on the darts that transform into pleats.


You might ask yourself ‘what is she talking about?’ I confess that black fabrics are not very photo-friendly when it comes to showing details. And the fabric isn’t even plain black. It has a subtle Paisley pattern (Did I mention that I went to university in Paisley (Scotland) one summer… my campus was right across the street of the museum where they show the history of this pattern… but it seems that nobody there cares much about that famous pattern… ) So I tried my best to create some enlighting detail shots.



Yes, that’s a Welt pocket. My first one. Because of the detailed and pictured instructions I dared to give it a try. Not that bad for a first try, isn’t it? (Why can’t Burda take those instructions as an example? Most of the time I just get their wording after I figured  out how to do it by myself.)



As you can see in this picture from the magazin, these pants are supposed to be ankle length. I don’t know if a dwarf like me could wear this length. (My culottes were a similar case…I just left them long.) But this circumstance saved me from having to shorten the legs, as I have to with every normal length pants.

I wore these pants a lot. They are very very comfy. There is no zipper behind the flap. You can just slip them over because of the elastic in the back.

This is a cutout from pics we shot at my companies christmas party (isn’t it sweet how they hunker down to not let me be the smallest one 🙂 )


And I wore them in South Africa (I even climbed the Table Moutain in it…Yes I know that there is a cable car… but why always take the simple way…) Here are some pictures from the Diaz Beach at Cape of Good Hope:


Right now I am dreaming of a summer version in a lighter fabric and with the cropped length… but there are some more CUT (and other) patterns on my to sew list…

Do you have favourite pattern brand or magazine? Recommendations welcome 🙂

Pants for Patience

It didn’t take me a lot of patience to do these pants. But you had to have quite a lot of it until you could read something new from me.
My most recent pants are from Burda 6991. This is a very easy pattern. The only challenge is to choose the right size. According to my measurements I had to make a 36. This is size S which is usually to big for me and I read that these pants are huge in the waist. Finally I decided to make size 34 (XS). The only alterations were to shorten the legs (about 10cm) and to move one side of the closure some centimetres closer to the outer seam. So I could tie it tighter. The recommended closure ist a stripe of leather or ribbon. Since I used some casual mystery fabric I imagined some so called ‘fat laces’ for this purpose. Back in the days I wore my sneakers with them. Well it seems they are out of fashion now. I couldn’t find them in any store. So instead I used two regular laces. Somedays after I finished these pants we shot a fitness DVD and I thought the set might be a nice backdrop for sportive pants.

burda pants 6991
You can never have to many bows in one outfit 🙂 I didn’t wear my bow earrings so there are only 4 bows this time.
burda pants 6991
detail of the closure

burda pants 6991

burda pants 6991

line drawing from Burda Style

These pants weren’t the first I’ve ever made. My first pair was ‘Vilma’. My friend gave me some issues of the german sewing magazine CUT for christmas. These pants seemed to be simple (I never did pants before). I bought very cheap fabric and some elastic band to try it. I made it a bit smaller than the smallest size and had to take it in at the thighs. I also added two pleats in the back and sewed them in place to reduce the paper bag effect. I added inseam pockets and lining at the hem to have another colour when I turn it up. Although the fabric was cheap it has a nice soft touch and is comfortable but a little bit to sturdy.
pants Vilma

pants Vilma

pants Vilma

pants ‘Vilma’ from CUT magazine no. 3

I have at least 7 garments waiting to be shown here. I hope not to tax your patience that much again 🙂