Thursday, June 9, 2016

Burda 6906 - Green + ivory rose print palazzo pants

This project started from my desire to add a pair of wide leg palazzo pants to my wardrobe. I wanted something fitted at the waist that was still flowy and comfortable, and settled on Burda 6906. I really liked the yoke of this design - somewhat unusual on a pair of pants - and the piping on the top and bottom. I'm always on the lookout for those little something extras. The pattern suggested viscose or rayon crepe, so I went cruising through Mood Fabric's selection of rayon crepes. I knew I wanted a print for these pants, and chose this green and ivory artistic rose stretch rayon crepe, now sadly sold out.


The care for this fabric was hand wash in cold water and line dry or dry clean. I do dry clean on occasion but not typically for casual clothing, which these pants were intended to be. However, after putting the fabric through my machine's delicate cycle and hanging up to drip dry, the black dye started to run into the ivory and it looked terrible. I figured it wouldn't be useable to me that way and I had very little to lose by drying it in the dryer, so that's what I did (after washing on delicate again.) It came out exactly like it went in, and if I lost any of my original 2.5 yards to shrinking, it wasn't evident when I was cutting out the pattern pieces.


The fit of these pants is just perfect right out of the envelope. I flat measured the waist since that measurement was not included the pattern paper and went with the 10 instead of my typical woven size 12. I wasn't much worried about the hip measurement as this fabric has a good amount of stretch and they are pretty roomy through the hips as drafted.


I did try to match the roses on the print as best as I could, particularly at the center front and center back. The sides look okay - maybe not as perfect as I would like (especially on the right side) but really who is going to notice on these busy pants? I am always my own worse critic. Who was it that said a little imperfection keeps things interesting? That needs to be my new mantra.


The pattern directions only instruct you to put piping along the bottom of the yoke, but that didn't make much sense to me, so I stitched it to the top and bottom as per the envelope example.


I used knit interfacing on the yoke and yoke facing to give the pants some stability but still allow them to be stretchy and comfortable. The piping along the top acts like a waist stay and prevents that seam from stretching out. The back is closed with an invisible zipper.


This was a really fun project. I got the exact look I was going for, had no fit issues to speak of, enjoyed working with the fabric and my zipper went in perfectly the very first time (which pretty much never happens to me.) Definitely expect to see this pattern again soon, maybe the shorts view in a stretch denim chambray.

Note: This fabric was purchased with my Mood Fabrics monthly allowance, as part of my participation in the Mood Sewing Network.

30 comments:

  1. Nice pants! In the future, you could pre-wash the fabric with a dye setting detergent to prevent bleeding and fading. Can't remember the name of the stuff, but I got some from Dharma Trading a few years ago.

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    1. Well, that sound like some handy stuff. I'll have to peruse the dye section at JoAnn's next time I'm there. Thanks for the heads up!

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  2. Dear Amanda, comfortable and classy! Gorgeous print and perfect colours!
    I'm traveling to the US on July 9th with my family and I would like to send you a little parcel with a "swiss fabric souvenir" once arrived in L.A. - simply to say thank you to you.
    Would you mind contact me via e-Mail?
    My adress: taboas.enri@bluewin.ch

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    1. I will! Also I will actually be in L.A. at the exact time, visiting my cousin. Let's hope for some fabulous weather!

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  3. So cute. I'm having trouble finding this look in Burda 6909...could you give a link? thks!

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    1. That's because it's 6906. Lol, I typed the wrong number. Whoops!

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  4. Those palazzo pants are gorgeous! They really do fit perfectly.

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  5. Yep these look so elegant and the fit is wonderful. I am sure you will get loads of wear out of these.

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  6. With your mad sewing skills you can even make a casual outfit look elegant! Karen

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    1. Thanks Karen! I've been doing lots of casual stuff lately and I really enjoy sewing it more then I thought I would!

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  7. So fun! These are the comfiest things ever!

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    1. Yeah, like secret pajamas, lol. Thanks Jenny!

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  8. I absolutely LOVE these pants! I purchased some cheap linen palazzo pants on clearance at Old Navy and they are beyond comfortable. I'm actually thinking of trying to make a pattern from them they are so comfortable. I'm not quite sure how wide a pant leg must be to qualify as palazzo pants, but yours are gorgeous! As always, your sewing is excellent and fit is spot on. You look beautiful wearing them, too!

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    1. I really don't know what qualifies as palazzo pants either - was thinking if they are roomy from top to bottom maybe? I just checked and the blog police haven't attacked my wording yet so I guess I'm safe. Thanks Nursebennett!

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  9. Yes, you are your worst critic! These appear to be impeccably made to me, and they look fabulous on you. I think your pattern matching is pretty impressive on this fabric. I hope they keep you as cool as you are stylish in the Texas heat!

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    1. Thanks Beckster! They are perfect for spring and even fall, and I'm wearing them today, but once our weather gets into the high 90s I'm sure I'll be reaching for dresses and shorts the most lol.

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  10. These pants are awesome, and the unique yoke + piping really make them stand out! I am in awe of your skills :-).

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  11. Someday, I will learn to match like you and/ or gain the patience.

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    1. Only do it if you really care about it. Otherwise, it's not like other people notice.

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  12. These fit like a dream....and the matching-perfection!

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  13. Did machine drying take care of the dye run off problem? The fabric looks perfect to me. And the pants are very flattering on you. I am so glad I found your site. You have shown me that by carefully choosing fabric and patterns you can make something that doesn't look home made and frumpy. You have inspired me to sew again!

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    1. Yes it did. I was worried the fabric would shrink significantly but that was better then bleeding dye. Thanks so much for your kind words!

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  14. I love those pants!!! I will check out that pattern.

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