Ladies may I present the - nerdy but I totally love it - BurdaStyle Nichola #9175:
Back view: Not bad, not bad, considering I've been wearing these for 2 days, a little wedgie and a small wrinkle is quite good compared to some of my pant attempts.
Now, how more flirtish can you get with these pants? Buttons, zipper: Sally Army; fabric: leftover from another project; Pattern : free download from BurdaStyle
I was put on to this pattern by Arnysews who quite helpfully pointed out this was $3 US on the English language site but free on the German site. Armed with nothing but my school girl German and some good guesses I managed to enrol on the site and download the pattern for free. I skipped the instructions as they were in German but I later came to regret that as the pictures would have been useful and at the very least I could have been saved trying to work out the dimensions of the self measured pieces myself.
I tried to re download the instructions to no avail - I simply couldn't guess my way back.
No matter, I have made enough Burda patterns to know how these things go. I love the little belt loops and the curved front, the back pocket is cute too.
However, those of you with with a low geek tolerance will have to be on "nerd alert." Firstly, there is that crime against big bottoms, namely "tapered front leg piece", followed by ankle flapping crimes "final leg length is too short" followed by the mother of all ironing crimes, the pressed front and back leg crease.
Me, I love a little nerd in my look so wasn't too shy to iron my creases but I do object to flapping my ankles so I only did a 2 cm (6/8") hem allowance instead of 7.5 (3 inches). If the patten did not have such a deep hem allowance I would have been in big trouble. I also removed the front leg taper by grading out from the knee a total of 1.5 cms (5/8 inch) each side to the hem, to produce a straight leg. If I didn't do that, the phrase, "house on stilts" may have been aptly applied.
I am assuming these pants were made to appeal to the young and hip, because they are also about 2 inches below waist, meaning that anyone passing by gets a good view of your underpants should you bend over, which means best nickers everyone.
So, my wardrobe colours now are set - green, purple and navy blue with grey as the neutral. I love those colour combinations so I'm pretty happy about that.
Next up I'm going to make a top with some of my merino (which is a high grade wool knit) so I'll actually have some finished outfits soon. How exciting!