Patterns / work in progress

Next up: Burdastyle cigarette pants

It’s time for the last garment in my Spring Stash Buster Wardrobe! Once I’m done I will share all the garments of course, so stay tuned for that. Hopefully I won’t trip on the finishing line, now that I’m tackling my second trouser project of 2017. Yes I’m on a roll! Hopefully, I will sort out my last few pants fitting kinks with this pair.

When I was pregnant with my second child (almost 16 years ago) I bought a pair of bengaline cigarette maternity trousers that I loved so much that I kept wearing them long after the birth of my child (my tummy was still big enough to fill them up and they also had adjustable elastic in the waist). I’ve been meaning to recreate them since then, but never got around to it. But now that my trouser making confidence has slowly returned, I feel confident I can make these and not hate the result. And this Burdastyle pattern is from April issue of 2016 looks quite similar to those maternity trousers.

Bengaline is an excellent fabric for trousers I think. It keeps it shapes, is flattering to the body and has so much stretch that the trousers never feels too tight. Plus no ironing which is a nice bonus!

I had originally planned to use a black fabric, but when I saw this dark brown version I felt that it would be more interesting than just basic black. Bengaline is a funny fabric by the way, as it has the most stretch lengthwise, so I always have to rack my brain figuring out how much fabric I will need. Luckily me and the seller came to the conclusion that I could actually do with less than my regular amount when cutting the trousers on the crosswise direction. Interesting!

So this is my last piece in the collection. Wish me luck as I embark on another pants making adventure.



  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    May 26, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Is Bengaline what they also refer to as “jogpur” cloth – the cloth they use to make jogpurs? Jogpurs are the pants women (and men?) wear to ride equestrian. I bought some rayon/spandex mix last year and thought it was a ponte. Perhaps that’s another term for Bengaline here in Canada? The Jogpur fabric makes better pants than ponte though I think. I made myself a pair of ponte pants and they bagged out terribly in the knees lacking therefore a good enough recovery. Finding just the right fabric for pants seems to be part of the challenge! I know what you mean though – the day I can make myself a great pair of pants is the day I’ll be a happy woman. I have a couple of pants patterns – the Eleanore by Jalie in particular seems to be the type of pant I wear all the time but if I could make myself a great pair of jeans I would be happy about that too!

    • Johanna
      May 26, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      Bengaline is the woven equivalent to ponte in Sweden. It has the same fiber mix as the ponte knit, but is way more stable and has a slightly glossy surface, almost like very stretchy suiting. I’m sure there must be an equivalent to that in Canada. Fabric names can be tricky, because they can often mean slightly different things in different language!

  • Faye Lewis
    May 28, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    I’m in the middle of pants fitting right now. Will be looking in to see your progress too.


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