|Burda Style Magazine 01-10-136|
Basically, these are typical 5 pocket jeans. They have patches on the inner thighs and binding on the hip and back pocket edges.
These jeans are from Burda's plus size collection. Available sizes: European 44 - 52
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were not as difficult as I expected. I simply ignored the instructions I didn't like. I used Sandra Betzina's instructions for zippers and I made a few changes to the way the waistband and belt loops were made.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Only the thigh patches make them different from 5-pocket jeans. The thigh patches are sewn onto the legs and can easily be omitted.
Denim with a little bit of lycra for stretchability.
I'm aware of the wrinkles and folds in the jeans (as shown in the picture on the left) and I know they point to areas that need adjustment. But, in this case I'm satisfied with "good enough". I usually wear tops like the one pictured on the right. Covering the wrinkles and folds is an easier than endless adjustments and remakes.
Top-stitching is important in jeans. Topstitching is much thicker than regular thread. I discovered, after a couple of globby messes on the underside, that holding the topstitching thread and preventing it from being drawn into the bobbin area eliminated the globby messes. I used my favorite edge-stitching foot for the first row of topstitching and then my quarter-inch foot for the second row.
I've learned making jeans is not a big deal, so I'm sure I'll be making more. When I make these jeans again, I will raise the waistline an inch or so. I know the style is to wear low-rise jeans. But, I'm not a big fan of low-rise jeans. The trend seams to be colored jeans these day. I'd like to try a pair of those for spring. (Finally, I'll be wearing something trendy!)