Burdastyle 4/2014 #110: Pleat Front Trousers of Two Years

Peeps, I’m back! I’d deserted this blog for the past few weeks, not even finishing the second pair of jeans I was trying to make for Jeans in January. I don’t think they were missed though, as there were many other pairs of fabulous jeans that saw the light of day in January. I will write a summary post once I get the chance.
I did have a good reason for the radio silence: the written part of the philosophy exams I’m taking in order to qualify for teaching philosophy here in Bavaria. Unfortunately one exam didn’t go well at all, so I need to pull out all stops for the orals – but they are only in April, so normal service will resume here at least for a little while!

So today I would like to show you the trousers that took me two years to make. Well, only one day of each year, to be honest, but those were New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day – which goes to show how boring I am that I spend both days sewing rather than on unbridled partying 😉


These trousers are part of my drive to test new trouser shapes. See, while I love making jeans I think the ubiquitous skinny shape is quite boring. Nice, versatile, but boring. So I’ve been experimenting with different trouser shapes and the pleat front is one of them. To be honest, I’m not sure that these, Burdastyle 4/2014 #110, work on me, but I liked that I tried.


As a pear shape I always think that pleat front trousers should be great because they hide the hip  area – but I never consider that in doing so they draw the eye to exactly that area. In fact I had made these trousers before, when the pattern came out in 2014, but donated them after one wear because they just made me look so big. Then I saw a version of these on a blog recently, unfortunately I can’t find the link or name anymore, where they were slimmed down along the leg and just looked great.


I used a navy wool suiting from my stash to make these. As I said, I love the theory of them, the way the pleats open from the hip bone rather than from the tummy area. In order to emphasise this effect I stitched them closed for the first 3 cm.


If I decide to keep these, I might make the lower leg a bit smaller still, but as I said, I’m not really sure yet. I should add that I have worn these a few times so far, so they seem to fill a wardrobe gap of sorts.

For the first time ever I made welt pockets that look as nice inside as out:


The pattern didn’t have the pockets, I added them kinda following this tutorial, but I only used one continuous length of the fashion fabric rather than using lining fabric and fashion fabric. For the first time it clicked on how to sew French seams on inside pockets (the Ginger jeans have those as well) – it’s a very pleasing look I think!


So in all the jury is out on these: Construction-wise they are proably the best work I have produced in my trouser-making journey (even the invisible zip is truly invisible!), but shape-wise this journey surely isn’t at an end.

In a triumph of hope over experience I haven’t given up on the pleat front shape just yet. Next up (after another pair of Gingers that graces my sewing machine at the moment) is Burdastyle 1/2015 119, thought I don’t intend to make them in shiny material and add a crazy waist bow – not even I am that deluded… Who knows, maybe I will have got pleat fronts out of my system after the next try??

Talking about Burda: I think Burda have picked up again for the last few issues – there is a lot I like and some numbers have made it right on my to sew list. Those of you who, like me, walk the Burda way: what do you think? Burda 2016 yay or nay?



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12 thoughts on “Burdastyle 4/2014 #110: Pleat Front Trousers of Two Years

  1. Danielle February 15, 2016 at 4:51 pm Reply

    Well done! I’m envious of your skill in general. Good luck with your exams and oral presentation!

    • Chris February 15, 2016 at 4:55 pm Reply

      Thanks Danielle! I sure need any luck I can get after the last of the written exams…

  2. ellegeemakes February 15, 2016 at 6:41 pm Reply

    Beautiful pants the pockets are to die for and the fit looks spot on. Maybe you will love them more as you see how they fit into your wardrobe. My quest for well fitting pants patterns is ongoing. It can be frustrating if you ask me. I’m a new Burda fan and like what I’ve seen so far.

    • Chris February 15, 2016 at 6:50 pm Reply

      I hope you don’t get put off by the tracing or seam allowance problem. Enjoy your sewing, Burda or not!

  3. Linda of Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!! February 16, 2016 at 8:04 am Reply

    Nice work inside and out! I always find choosing pants/trouser patterns to be difficult. It’s such a difficult area to “hide”!

  4. navybluethreads February 16, 2016 at 9:02 pm Reply

    Very neat Chris. Think these look good on you, but if in doubt try with heels always my motto. Heeled boots might give them a lift?

  5. Anonymous February 17, 2016 at 4:32 am Reply

    Great skills! Your pants look so professional. I’m a pear with a bit of mummy tummy and I keep thinking that pleat fronted trousers should look too but I have had limited success. I think it’s because I don’t tuck my tops so the extra fabric from the pleats adds bulk? I like to lay my pleats fanning out from centre front rather than inwards because I decided it was more slimming – not sure if this is true though. I look forward to your next pair. PS. I let my Burda subscription lapse at the end of 2015.

  6. Tia Dia February 17, 2016 at 4:36 pm Reply

    Trying new shapes and designs is why we sew, isn’t it? It’s a nice diversion from studying, and I’m sending you a super dose of good luck with your oral examinations. 🙂

    • Chris February 18, 2016 at 8:33 pm Reply

      Thank you very much! I need all the good luck I can get …

  7. Rosi February 27, 2016 at 5:10 pm Reply

    Wunderschön, die Hose gefällt mir richtig gut. Diese Hose brauche ich auch, werde mal gleich nach dem Schnitt schauen. Die Paspelverarbeitung ist sehr exakt, toll! LG Rosi

    • Chris February 27, 2016 at 9:15 pm Reply

      Vielen Dank Rosi! Wie ich schon geschrieben habe, würde ich dir empfehlen, die Hose am Bein eher etwas enger zu nähen. Burda empfiehlt genau das Umgekehrte, aber ich finde, sie kommt dann sehr weit raus.

  8. Rosi February 28, 2016 at 11:56 am Reply

    Vielen Dank für die Empfehlung, werde ich gerne beherzigen!

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