Thursday, July 16, 2009

Burda 9990 - Khaki Pants

I'm irrationally excited about these pants. They couldn't be more basic, but I think that's why I'm excited about them. This pattern is going to be used a lot, I think. I made size 3 and it goes up to size 8, so we've got a few years to go.

This little man has been needing a new pair of "good" pants for a couple of months now and I kept putting it off for some reason. Once I actually decided to do them, I think it took only about four hours to finish them completely.

I had intended to put a welt pocket in the back, but I forgot and when I remembered, it was too late to do it (and have it look any good at least). The pattern doesn't include one. So, the back of this pair is plain, but his shirt never stays tucked in anyway.

The pattern instructions would have you sew the waistband onto the pants before sewing the center back seam. This is how most men's pants are made, but in this case they suggest finishing the waistband before sewing the CB seam. Then the CB seam allowances of the waistband are tacked down on the inside. Is this normal? I thought it was a little strange, but I've never made men's pants before. Sure, that might be helpful for fitting, but couldn't you do the fitting before finishing the waistband and then still get a clean finish and a good fit?

I didn't do it this way because I didn't like it and because I put buttonhole elastic in the waistband so the pants can be adjusted. The pants are all-around just a little too big right now, but hopefully they last longer this way.

The buttonhole elastic is pretty easy to use. Just put a buttonhole in the inside of the waistband at each side somewhere between the side seam and center front. Sew a button that will fit through the holes in the elastic in front of the buttonhole you just made and then finish the waistband. Cut the elastic a little longer than the length of the waistband between buttonholes and finish the ends (I just zig-zagged them). Thread the elastic through the casing and attach it to the buttons.

I actually bought this pattern (Burda 9990) awhile ago for the vest. My son needed a vest for my sister's wedding last year. The vest pattern is good, too. I don't really see myself using the shorts or short pants pattern. I don't really see anybody using the short pants pattern (what are those?!?), but ya never know...

ETA: Full review here.


  1. Great pair of pants! I've never made men's pants before, so have no idea if that's a typical construction technique. Your final result is great, though...and that is one handsome little guy :)

  2. Nice pants. I'm with you on the shorts. I mean really. Shorts for kids...can you say elastic waistband?

    CarlaF-in Atlanta