Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Burda 08-2009-106 "tummy tuck" pants.
I knew the first thing on my agenda post christmas would have to be something that involved a girdle and what luck that Burda should have designed this pair of jeans with one handily built in!
It had a number of details that interested me greatly - the high waist with two layers of heavy duty denim interfaced within an inch of their lives are not going to let those wobbles spill anywhere - top stitching, and I broke out a fresh reel of top stitching thread in my favourite shade of coffee - rivets and vintage buttons.
So all in all, fussy enough to keep me interested but simple enough to pull off in a week. They were pretty easy to sew but I have got a few gripes: the pattern is a variation on #105, which is designed for wool/blends. The thing is, wool/blends drape nicely and 1 and half inches of ease makes for a good fit. Denim has no drape, and 1 1/2 inches of ease is too much. Denim starts tight and eases out as the warmth of the body loosens up the weave. Denim is like its good friend linen: it grows a size on wearing.
All of this means that the jeans were too big. I ended up running them down a size.
Also, the burda blurb about these pants says something like "you'll be all legs with these pants" and you know why? Because they drafted them 2 inches longer than standard leg measurement - even though I shortened them my usual amount, and then some, with a 2 inch wedge they still dust the floor.
Oh well, better all legs than all tummy.
Costings: Denim, Global Fabrics, $30, Rivets $1.50, Tissue $2, Top stitching thread, thread, zipper, $6.50 Bernina shop, Buttons $1.50, Salvage, Interfacing, scraps, nothing. Total: $41.50
Ratings: (out of 5 stars)
sewing fun: ***** rivets, top stitching, mock flat fell seams at front, unusual cuff construction
wearing fun ***** very fun to wear, nice to have a break from my usual look, very 70's throw back with bell bottom shape
practicality ** must be worn with 2 inch heels, will probably scuff on the back, will need belt loops and a belt to keep in place long term. On plus size, easy care denim, very comfortable, relaxed fit.