Not your typical harem pants
I’m not a risk taker when it comes to sewing. Before I tackle or even buy a pattern I like to look it up on patternreview and see what experience others have had with it and how it looks on several body types… well, on mine especially. I’m not a fast sewer either, I rarely make up patterns out of the current Burda issue. I’ll like a pattern when it comes out and if I still like it a couple of months later, then I’ll start looking for fabric. Although it was love at first sight with Burda 7551, I had hope that by the time I came to it, at least one daring full-figured patternreview member would have posted about it. I was mistaken. Well, there is one from Mimi, but we don’t exactly have the same figure. But since the pattern is so “now”, I took the plunge.
The pattern is really easy and the only difficulties I encountered were due to my fabric that was prone to get eaten by my sewing machine and to get some runs. Neatening all raw edges asap took care of the runs. Pulling the threads toward the back upon sewing took care of the “my sewing machine ate my fabric” situations. Inserting the invisible zipper was also not the easiest task but after interfacing, it worked quite well. I had to take them in at the sides, which I did by creating a dart, since there are no side seams… Burda recommends crepe, linen, cotton or jersey for this project but I guess that means single jersey i.e. with very little stretch and not viscose jersey like I did, which is probably why I had to take them in. The dart is rather the fast and dirty way to go at it but I didn’t feel like unpicking and shortening the waistband and re-gathering the front, which would have been the elegant method.
They kind of remind me of the Slapdash sewist’s drape drape dress… I won’t wear them with my shirt tucked like Mimi because I need something that elongates my torso and I won’t wear it with an unfitted top like the Burda model because I emphasizing my bust wouldn’t be too flattering with these pants. I have to apologize for the crappy photographs, I still need to figure out how to photograph myself without the flash reflecting in the mirror (tips are welcome) so these were done without flash. So here’s how I look:
I’d like to hear your opinion, assuming you were able to built one based on these pictures :