Sunday, April 19, 2009

Burda 9611 – Khaki pants

I’m pretty tired of making T-shirts. I made two more for DD that I haven’t posted yet. So, it was time to move on. Most of my daughter’s pants are too short, but I’m not really interested in making a lot of long pants at this point in the year. I thought a pair of basic (versatile) khaki pants that could be rolled up into capris would be a welcome – and ideally multi-season – addition to her wardrobe. Enter Burda 9611

I love Burda patterns for kids. Burda and Kwik Sew. I made a pair of jeans for her in the fall using this pattern. I think these turned out cuter. The details of the pattern that I really like are the coin pocket, the “real” fly, and the belt loops. I’m not so sure about the horizontal pleat across the lower leg.

For this pair I copied a detail I saw in a children’s clothing boutique. I sewed a strip of bias-cut self fabric along the pocket edge, leaving the bottom edge raw. I fastened on these eyelets that I picked up awhile back at a Field’s tent sale. I left off the coin pocket even though I really like it. I thought the front of the pants had enough going on and I wasn’t sure what sort of closure to use on the pocket flap to match/compliment the eyelets. And, I’m trying to stay away from the fabric store, remember? I’m sure I’ll make these again and I’ll include it then.

On the jeans that I made, the back pockets are not lined up. I had put them on before assembling the pants. It’s a little irritating every time I see it. So, this time I attached the back pockets after the pants were put together and before the waistband went on. This way I could see that they would match up. Sewing them onto a flat piece certainly was easier, though.

I didn’t do the pleats in the leg. That would have complicated the roll-up capri situation. I put on a heavy-duty snap along the side seam, sewed an 8 ½” tab to the inside of the leg and put the other half of the snap at the end of the tab. I think I like how they look rolled up more than full-length.

And just for good measure, I did include some pink – the zipper.

I like how the pants turned out, but they kind of made me crazy while I was sewing them. It isn’t a difficult pattern, but I made a lot of foolish mistakes. Nothing permanent, but things like sewing seams in the wrong order, bad topstitching, sewing the wrong side to the right side, etc. Lots of ripping out stitches. Not my favorite thing to do. Do it right the first time! I’m not sure what the deal was. I think I was trying to rush through the project and wasn’t really thinking about what I was doing. I’m glad the pants are done and I’m glad they turned out well.

Next up: A spring jacket for me. Yippee!


  1. I love these pants - they look great on her!! And I love the pink detail, appreciated by your daughter,I'm sure!!

  2. the pink zipper is great!
    and i love seeing extra pics of the kids.