Thursday, 18 September 2014

Burda Jeans 8408

Hello Bloggers,

As the northern hemisphere rolls into autumn, here the days are suddenly longer and the sun stronger and warmth is in the air. Time to start thinking about summer sewing. I have so many plans and my sewing mojo has returned.

I finished the short version of Jalie 3132 from black bamboo spandex and I like it very mush. My daughter discovered a Australian website store that sells bamboo and hemp fabrics that are just wonderful! She ordered a scrap bag and this top is from one of the 'scraps'. This is my first time sewing with bamboo. I had heard that it stretches and loses it's shape but this bamboo spandex knit has been worn and washed several times and is just fine. It is also amazingly soft and comfortable. The website The Bamboo Fabric Store  has a fixed postal fee within Australia of $9.90 and quick delivery. No association and all that.. but I am a fan! Their hemp linen is yummy as well. (Watch this space).

Onto the floral jeans. I resisted the red jean trend of a few years ago because it's not a look that works on me and I've resisted patterned jeans as well but when I saw this beefy stretch cotton sateen in Lincraft I fell in love with it. I dug out an old Burda jean pattern that I have had for about a decade and made a quick muslin then tapered the legs and raised the waist by 1.5cm. I like the jean details of the pattern and the way it fits my torso. The pattern, for straight legged hipster jeans, is OOP


The front is fine but the back pulls. I had thought that I'd taken a bit too much from the inner thigh and back crotch point but on more comparisons and measuring I realized that the crotch point is not what I got wrong but the length of the back rise.  The muslin I made was looser so this was not so apparent.

Also, on some figures and extra 2 cm of back rise at the centre back would not matter but on mine it does. Lesson learnt. 

There are white tops in my mental sewing queue for summer and white will go well with these pants.

I took the photos in the Plough and Harrow regional park. Looks like I'm out in the bush doesn't it?

For Paola:    The Western Sydney Regional Parklands link is a system of parklands and reserves that surround the Prospect Dam and extend through western Sydney. Two of the main ones, Plough and Harrow and Lizard log are 10 and 15 minutes drive from where I live.

Keep on sewing,



  1. Thanks for the comments on the Bamboo Fabric Store. I've looked and their website and wondered, it's good to get some feedback.
    Like the fabric print you've chosen for your jeans. And where is the Plough and Harrow Regional Park - it looks nice!

  2. Great looking floral jeans and the bamboo sounds lovely. I have some in the stash, need to dig it out!

  3. Thanks Sharon and yes bamboo will be nice for summer.

  4. Very smart jeans, Val, and as always I am impressed by your excellent fit. I notice lots of printed pants in the shoppes, so you are right up there in the fashion stakes. Bamboo fabric looks really nice too.

  5. Great jeans. Will I risk sounding too inner city and say I've never heard of the Western Sydney parklands link?

    1. Haha no it is really the catchment area around Prpdpect dam that gas been developed into a chain of parks . It took me a long time to go in and explore.. Lots of places to ride a bike it more importantly take photographs :)