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Burda 8283

I was keen to try this pattern because Burda trousers have a reputation for being well drafted. Before cutting out, I measured the tissue carefully and decided I needed to lengthen the rise and the legs, which I did - unnecessarily, as it turned out. In the process I learned how to alter the rise: at the extension lines for the back, but below the zip for the front. Although the pants are not my most polished effort, they fit and are comfortable to wear. The fabric is a dark navy blue wool gabardine.
For my second version, I made fewer alterations: the rise was increased by only 1.5cm, and no extra length was added to the legs. I did move the zip from the front to the left side, which I prefer and often do when making pants. The result is a better fit than the first pair. My fabric is a black-and-white linen-cotton blend from Tessuti.
Now that I have tried this pattern again, I like it more than I did after my first effort. It has been discontinued but might be found from second-hand pattern sellers.
For my third version I used a grey-green/taupe cotton from Darn Cheap Fabrics. Again, I moved the zip to the left side. This time I also lined the pockets with scraps of Liberty of London's Cathryn's, left over from making Kwik Sew 3555.
I have just finished a fourth version made in a grey and blue striped woollen suiting with spandex. This time I inserted the zip in the centre back, a first for me as centre back zips have always seemed inconvenient. I thought it was worth trying, anyway, just once.
Envelope illustration
Envelope illustration
Altering the front below the zip
Altering the front below the zip
Altering the back at the extension lines
Altering the back at the extension lines
Inside waistband: using selvage as finished edge to reduce bulk
Inside waistband: using selvage as finished edge to reduce bulk
The finished pants
The finished pants
Fabric of my second pair: linen-cotton from Tessuti
Fabric of my second pair: linen-cotton from Tessuti
Zip on left side of pants
Zip on left side of pants
The finished pants
The finished pants
Worn with Burda 8218
Worn with Burda 8218
Third version, in taupe cotton
Third version, in taupe cotton
Pocket lining: Cathryn's by Liberty of London
Pocket lining: Cathryn's by Liberty of London
Fourth version - in striped suiting
Fourth version - in striped suiting
Fabric close up
Fabric close up
Pocket lining: Japanese silk
Pocket lining: Japanese silk
Fifth version, in black woollen suiting
Fifth version, in black woollen suiting