Monday, March 9, 2015

Burda 6933

It's taken me this long to finally make a pair of pants for my son.  Well, when he was little I used to make him pants, but I haven't made him any pants (aside from pajama pants) since he was five.  Clearly, I haven't earned my "Mom of the Year" t-shirt....yet.

So here they are!  My son's not a fan of wearing jeans, so I decided to make a pair of chinos from Burda 6933.  I originally decided to make him pants because he's a 29" waist and a 34" inseam and folks, that's not an easy find.  I'm able to find jeans in his size but finding chinos is a different story.  And...he was completely open to the idea for which I am grateful...and since he's 14, I'm also fortunate.

Friends, I want you to know there were no sewing notions or fabrics hurt in the construction of these pants AND I didn't cry but....this was one of those projects that just didn't go together easily.  The majority of my difficulties came with fitting the pants (I took them apart 2, 3 or maybe 4 times) because they are a very slim fit and very short.  

I made several changes to the pattern to make it work for him:

  • Added 4" to the length (he is tall) 
  • Added 1/2" in the seat and 1" on each side so he had a bit more room to move and sit down.
  • Widened the leg width from 11 1/2" to 13 1/2". 
  • Made the belt loops 1/2" longer.

They look great on him even though I was quite frustrated.  I plan on making them again and if you plan on making them, here are some things I would change:

  • Lower the welt pocket so it doesn't fall above the tip of the dart but over the dart (you can see in the picture above, the bottom of the dart falls below the welt.  It would look better and smoother below the dart).
  • Use this tutorial from Poppykettle for the welt.
  • Make the pant legs overall a little roomier.

Truth be told, I think I will be able to use this pattern again but I don't recommend this pattern to anyone unless you have some experience with pant construction.  We don't want any crying while sewing, right?

I have a gray pair on deck....wish me luck!


  1. Nice job Diane,
    I'm just having a second attempt at making a pair of these for myself. I'm so glad I stubbled across your blog and also the link for the rear welt pocket as the instructions/guide is hard to understand.

    1. Thank you for the kind words. Sadly, there aren't very many men's patterns out there. However, Vogue pattern 9097 looks like it would have a modern fit. It's a tuxedo but the pant pattern could be versatile. Good luck! Let me know how it goes.