Burda 118-09-2015 grey wide legged trousers

Oxford bags: Burda 118-09-2015

I really ought to have pressed these trousers before we took pictures of them. But I’m calling it realism because when we took the pictures they’d been worn a few days in a row, so please just ignore the creases. They are Burda 118-09-2015 made up in a browny-greyish wool suiting from Croft Mill. Right now the fabric is still available here, but even if it’s not by the time you read this Croft Mill’s site is well worth a browse for the delightfully fanciful fabric descriptions.

Burda 118-09-2015 grey wide legged trousers

This pattern was the one chosen for the Burda “sewing course” feature in the September 2015 issue: ie there are detailed instructions and diagrams for it in the sewing supplement part of the magazine, rather than the usual accurate-but-minimal¬† directions. However if you’ve sewn fly front trousers before they’re not needed; there is nothing unusual here at all. The order of construction is classic menswear style: the back crotch and centre back waistband seams are sewn up last to allow tweaking the fit. I departed from the suggested order of construction slightly. I find it easier to sew the front crotch and fly before the side seams and inside leg seams, whereas Burda does it the other way around. But I did leave the back crotch to last and that was a good thing because I found I needed to take it in a bit.

Burda 118-09-2015 grey wide legged trousers

The pattern is for Tall sizes and for once I didn’t add any length. As you can see, they are if anything a little on the long side despite that. I am standing on quite a steep uphill slope here though, which makes them look longer. I made my usual Burda size. I did have a bit of a panic half way through making them as I hadn’t noticed that the side seams are drafted a long way forward of the normal position, and so the front pieces seemed far too small once I’d folded the pleats in. It all worked out in the end though and I think the pattern is fairly true to size; my waist and hips are different sizes in Burda which is why I had to take them in a bit at the waist.

There are single welt pockets on the back. I made a couple of small pattern alterations to try to get a good finish on those: I made the back pocket welt piece wider and I extended the back pocket bag piece upwards so I could catch it in the waistband seam to try to prevent the pockets from gapping. They’ve come out nicely but spending time on the many, many steps involved seems a bit pointless as I never use back pockets on trousers. There are very roomy hip pockets on these anyway – I can fit a paperback book into them – so there’s absolutely no need to use the back ones.

Burda 118-09-2015 grey wide legged trousers

Here’s a shot showing the waistband. It’s very plain. There are no belt loops and it is closed with a trouser hook. I should have taken the centre back in a little more than I did as they are supposed to sit at the natural waistline. Maybe I need to get a pair of braces! I finished the inside waistband with black satin bias binding. Burda just says to ‘neaten’ it. Simply overlocking the edge seemed a bit slapdash for such a lovely fabric so for once I made a bit of an effort with the insides of a garment.

Burda 118-09-2015 grey wide legged trousers

The wide legs are wonderfully swishy: action shot below. They’re also a fabric hog. The pattern took 2.5m of wide fabric what with the deep pleats at the front and the turnups, but I don’t regret it as I have already worn them a lot. They’re warm and very comfortable, and surprisingly practical for chasing around after small children.

Burda 118-09-2015 grey wide legged trousers

Although they are an exaggerated style they seem fairly versatile. I generally wear them with a slouchy jumper but they also look good with a close fitting top that is tucked in, and I think a cropped boxy top would look good too. I think I’m going to be wearing these a lot as the summer ends here and the weather cools down.

Burda 118-09-2015 grey wide legged trousers

13 thoughts on “Oxford bags: Burda 118-09-2015

  1. I had a favourite pair in grey many years ago. Yours are gorgeous – and I understand the chasing children suitability. I’m a little hesitant about wearing very wide legged trousers now because i seem to trip in the excess fabric. How have you found them?

    1. Thanks! They’re not too bad, and I’m a fairly clumsy person normally; for example I tread on the hem of maxi dresses a lot. I only wear these with flats though. I think the length on these is perfect; if they were any longer I probably would trip.

  2. What great pants. I love baggy pants, they’re kind of funky and definitely comfortable. I’m going to take a look at this pattern – I have several, but they all seem to fall short of my expectations, mostly not baggy enough. You got a great fit, front and back, which makes the baggy legs just perfect!

  3. I love this style pants with wrap tops and those cute alt-type twin sets (one I had was a knit boob tube with a bolero cardi, all in fine knit wool)

  4. NOOOOOOO….the gazillion steps in the perfect welt pocket is never a pointless exercise, LOL! I know! I know! We never actually USE them…but they had sooooo much style to a pair of trousers.

    Your trousers are fabulous! The volume suits you beautifully. I too have been using the mens fitting technique of sewing the back seam, including waistband, last.

  5. Lovely- can’t beat a nice pair of wide leg trousers. I always use back pockets, mostly for my phone, but I also think that they break up the expanse of fabric on my bottom!

  6. Very lovely trousers. I feel your dread about welt pockets, but I always just plow through for some little nagging reason that practice will make them easier…

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