We all have tried and true patterns don’t we? Those patterns that we reach for again and again. And for me, it’s fast becoming Burda 102 from May 2017. I’ve used this pattern already here and here . This time, I’ve made my fave wide-leg cropped pants pattern in a dusky pink summer-weight suiting, which just goes to show that suiting fabric doesn’t have to be kept strictly for suits and jackets. Why not think outside the box a little and try it for other types of clothes?
This particular deliciously coloured fabric came from Clothspot. It’s called Calmante wool suiting and is a lovely lightweight fabric and perfect for summer bottoms. Plus as it’s a natural fibre it doesn’t make you all hot and bothered (which is a huge plus for me as my internal thermostat doesn’t seem to work well these days…ladies, you know what I mean 😉 )
Just like my corduroy version of this pattern I’ve moved the zipper to the centre front seam instead of the side. It’s quite easy to do…you just need to extend your pattern beyond the seam on the side where the front overlap will be by about 2 centimetres and make the extension curve in at the bottom. You also need to cut an extra zip guard in either contracting fabric like I have, or the same main fabric. It’s just a wide strip folded double and overclocked down one edge. Why not check out a tutorial for a fly zipper…here’s a good one that I found. Here’s a pic showing my zip guard and on the inside of my waist I used the same contrasting fabric, because well, who doesn’t love pretty insides?
Another feature that I love about this design is the curved waistband it really does give it a beautiful fit and feels comfier to me than a straight one. I’ve omitted the pocket on the back but I kept the two front ones and of course, you know how much I love a bit of topstitching so I topstitched the waistband, pockets and hems.
My method for giving the stitching some stand-out oomph is to combine two strands of regular sewing thread. Just pop a reel on both spool-holders on your sewing machine and thread the two strands through the needle eye together. If you start to experience skipped stitches though, why not try a topstitch needle with an elongated eye. This should solve that problem.
As a final word on the fabric that this is a wool blend with a little lycra and most likely if you use this in a jacket you probably have it dry cleaned as suggested on the website. However I didn’t want to dry clean my pants so I pre-washed the fabric at 30 degrees and then steam pressed it thoroughly. I’ve done this on similar weight wool fabrics before and I’ve been able to wash and wear my finished garment afterwards with no problems (disclaimer…your experience may differ so test your fabric first).
These pants are a lovely addition to my wardrobe and I love the dusky pink colour. Not sure if I can promise myself that I won’t make this pattern again though. Do you have a tried-and-true pattern? Why don’t you tell me in the comments? Also, let me know if you’ve treated wool fabrics in a similar way and washed them afterwards.
Thanks for reading, and I’ll catch you soon.
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