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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Flares, Bell bottoms, or Bootlegs?

Ha! My original post title had "bootlegging" in it, which is something else entirely.

Here they are finally. I don't know why it took me so long to work through these, but they're done now. I had visions of some dramatic bell bottom action, but my version is very subdued, after all. I won't have any hestitation about wearing these in public.





The fit is good - I actually had to tweak these less than I normally do for Burda pants. For this pair, I made no post-pattern-cutting fitting changes (besides cutting 2 inches off the hem).








My one dislike is that the side seam pockets stick out. This is my 3rd pair of side-seam-pocketed Burda pants and I have come to believe that the laws of physics require that they stick out. It is possible they could stay flat if you were shaped like a board.






The belt loops are tabs permanently buttoned down.








I added back pockets (from my stretch Jalie jeans) and had some fun with the design. Deciding on a pocket design took 2 days, which is terrible for productivity, I must say.







I LOVE the flare on these. I ended up liking the minimalist topstitching I did at first, so left it at that.

ETA: There are 4 godets on each leg: front, back and sides.





Here's a closeup of the pockets and my low-tech approach to machine embroidery. The photo is pretty self-explanatory. Those are mandolins, by the way.







I had some clever photo shoot ideas for the momentous occasion of my first bellbottoms. But....as I was standing at the back window with my cereal bowl this morning, watching the birdfeeder, I uttered aloud, "What are those white flakes floating around in the air?" Yes, it was snowing on May 1. Really, I'm a Minnesota native, so I should not have been too surprised. But I was. Clever photo shoots will wait for warmer weather, and by then I hope to have a groovy tunic to join in.






Sources:



Lightweight denim with no stretch.



Pattern: Burda magazine 11-2009-25.






Here's a link to the line drawing on Burda's French site. I am very amused that, in French, the trousers are called Patte d'éléphant which, translated, means "elephant paw".




18 comments:

  1. These are super cute! I think I have that Burda issue and will attempt to make them. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. Love the pocket drawings--it's the details that make me happy! I'm sorry about the snow:( I live in Utah and last year it snowed May 24. So I'm counting down the days until June this year.

    Very flattering pants. Great work!

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  3. Very very cool, love all the subtle thoughtful details. Well done. They're like a thinking woman's flared jeans. :)

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  4. cool, really cool or super cool? Love them, the details are just gorgeous!

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  5. I love these. The pockets are superb - so detailed. Love 'em.

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  6. These are great. A good fit and your pocket design is a nice touch.

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  7. Amazing pair of pants!!! I LOVE them!

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  8. Nice!!
    And yeah, side seam pockets are the worst. I always end up tacking them shut when I buy RTW pants with them, since if you have any hips they really bag out.

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  9. Awesome! I must get going on mine - I have 3 pattern pieces traced so far. I love the mandolin back pockets and the understated topstitching. Too fabulous!

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  10. The mandolins on the back pockets are a neat touch. The pants look great!

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  11. Adorable! They fit great and are really nice looking.

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  12. son of a--! Blogger just deleted my entire comment. -sigh-

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    nice elephant paws.
    looks good.
    someone I have seen someone showing a method that will supposedly make the pockets not stick out. if i think of it, i'll let you know!


    sheesh.

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  13. That godet in the front is really interesting. The modolins look great!

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  14. I too love the godet in the front of the pants. What a clever way to achieve the bell bottom flare. Great fit by the way.

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  15. the mandolins are great...also like the topstitching. I like the way you worked this pattern. Bravo!

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  16. Are those godets in the flare? I love it! also, the pockets with guitars are fantastic!

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  17. There are actually four godets in each leg. Very fun!

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  18. I love your bell bottoms. I skipped the side pockets because I also find they always stick out, even if you support the seam with a super stretched piece of twill tape that allegedly stops the sticky-outness.
    I also adore the mandolin pockets.
    Sorry I missed commenting on this post when you made it, I was not on the computer much for a few weeks, but had to comment late as I was so pleased to see you did make a pair from this pattern!

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