I should know this by now, but it's amazing the difference fabric choice makes to a pattern. Earlier this year I made Burda's 104c-02-2017 culottes pattern in a drapey viscose crepe fabric. Not at all the recommended fabric for the pattern, but the end result was great and I've worn them a lot. So I made them again, this time in a stretch cotton sateen from Fabric Godmother. This fabric is much more the sort of thing the pattern designer intended. The pattern specifies "lightweight trouser fabric with some body". The originals were a little large so I took the waist in slightly as well, and here's the end result; you wouldn't think it was the same pattern.
And here is the viscose crepe pair for comparison. I seem to have worn the same top for both sets of photos: not intentional.
In the spirit of full disclosure I should say that the sateen pair were worn and washed several times before we got around to taking pictures, and were put on straight from the drying rack without ironing, whereas the viscose pair were photographed in their 'just finished' state.
The viscose pair sit much lower on me and have a nice swish, but feel a bit big. The crepe tends to grow with wear which doesn't help, although a wash shrinks them back to the original size.
The sateen pair feel much more structured and look slightly shorter because they sit higher. The shinier fabric means they tend to show marks and creases more easily than the crepe ones.
The pattern has fake back pockets which I skipped on the new pair. They were a pain in the neck to sew on the originals and I wasn't happy with the positioning. The trousers look OK without them I think. The sizing on the new ones is better but still not quite right. They fit at the waist now but seem slightly too small on the bum. I didn't change the pattern there so that's just the effect of different fabric.
This pattern has lots of belt loops, which means there is a very long thin tube to turn inside out. Not my favourite sewing activity and not easy in a fabric with body. I tried a new-to-me technique involving a chopstick and a straw. I was cynical about it before I started but it worked! You sew up one end of the fabric tube, poke the straw into the tube, and then push the closed end through the centre of the tube using the chopstick. I can't find the instructions I used now but this article covers the technique: https://angelleadesigns.com/tutorials/how-to-turn-a-narrow-tube-of-fabric/ . I suspect it relies on the straw being an appropriate diameter for the size of tube. My straw was narrow and I think it would have failed on thicker fabric.
The belt came out the right length this time. On the previous pair it was extremely long which looks good in pictures but is a pain in the neck to wear. I must have cut it on the fold by mistake or something like that. In fact the whole waist area is better in the sateen. Again it's the effect of using crisper fabric. There is no waistband, just a facing, and it needs some body and a lot of tacking in order to make it stay put. I stitched my facing down in the ditch of the side and centre back seams on both pairs but I should have done it at the pleats and darts too.
I'm very happy with both of these. Both are in high rotation at the moment.
8 thoughts on “Nothing but repeats: Burda 104c-02-2017 culottes again”
Both looking good, but I agree, quite different. The crepe more fluid and softer, the sateen giving a crisper more structured look.
I agree with Jay that they both look great on you (but then let’s be honest! you would look great in anything!) and it’s always interesting to see how different a pattern will turn out depending on the fabric you use. I always love to see someone’s end result with a pattern for this reason so when I get to see a comparison of fabrics using the same pattern I’m keen! Thank you for sharing your experience!
Fabulous. Must check out that pattern.
Very different – we ought to know by now 😉. I can see why you repeated the pattern and wouldn’t blame you for making more. Both pairs look excellent in different ways.
This looks very good, it’s great to know how to fit trousers. I always imagine it would take quite a long time to see them as well
Nought wrong with repeats especially when they look this good.
Rocking both pairs! And that top is great with each of them. Sewing repeats in different fabric is so satisfying. The process is quicker and you can make little tweaks each time.
I bow before your aesthetic discipline. The tee and trippens are perfect with the culottes.
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