Great Grape Gams

"Great Grape Gams" Burda 6789 pants, a plus size pattern - Making the Flame | Body Positive Sewing & Style

Do you remember that fabulous purple velvet I showed you a few months ago? Here’s the big reveal! Burda 6789, at your service.

"Great Grape Gams" Burda 6789 pants, a plus size pattern - Making the Flame | Body Positive Sewing & Style

This is my fifth pair of Burda 6789 pants – I keep making them because they’re in such heavy rotation in my casual wardrobe that I’m constantly looking for a clean pair. Especially since I threw on some ankle bands with pair #3, they’re literally the most comfortable, effortless pair of casual pants ever.

"Great Grape Gams" Burda 6789 pants, a plus size pattern - Making the Flame | Body Positive Sewing & Style

I’d like to point out that this is a plus size pattern! So, no grading. I did make considerable adjustments early on with this pattern, but they were all fit adjustments – not size adjustments. I am finding, though, that fabric plays a huge role in how these pants fit.

With this pair, I had all the stretch I needed to keep these pants comfy and loose. But because I’ve gained a bunch of weight lately, I sewed a narrower seam allowance through the inseam and side seams. Oops…so not needed. All of these photos are pre-alteration and look fine, but in between shots I was hitching my pants up to where they needed to be. I finally slimmed the leg down last month, and the fit is perfect. I think this pair of Burda 6789 is my favorite!

"Great Grape Gams" Burda 6789 pants, a plus size pattern - Making the Flame | Body Positive Sewing & Style

You’re probably wondering, why stretch velvet? Wasn’t one velour pair enough to satisfy my need for texture? Well, what had happened was…I fell under a spell in the fabric store and came home with about eleven yards of stretch velvet in four colors. Seriously, I have no clue what I was thinking! But I knew I had to stash bust, and the purple had enough yardage to make these pants with nothing left over.

Interestingly, I found a Cookie Blouson jacket cut out in *exactly* the same purple stretch velvet. Between the two, my perfect pencil skirt, and another soon-to-be-blogged project, I realized how much I love purple! It’s my favorite color, but when it comes to sewing I don’t really prioritize it. But this year, I think I’m going to make a point of sewing as many purple garments as I can. What’s the point of a handmade wardrobe if you can’t make it randomly monochrome? Ha :)

"Great Grape Gams" Burda 6789 pants, a plus size pattern - Making the Flame | Body Positive Sewing & Style

At this point, sewing Burda 6789 is a breeze. Which is a good thing, because the directions are slightly cryptic, and quite spare. The most challenging part of these pants are the pockets. Not because they are challenging, but because it’s the only part I use pins to assemble – everything else is a total wham bam thank you ma’am quickie. If you have a serger, you could probably make these pants in an hour. 75 minutes tops.

"Great Grape Gams" Burda 6789 pants, a plus size pattern - Making the Flame | Body Positive Sewing & Style

At the end of the day, I adore these pants and want to wear them every day. :) They’re so comfy, fit so well, and the purple velvet is just the right shade. I highly recommend this pattern, highly recommend sewing with stretch velvet, and (of course) highly recommend purple garments!

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  1. I love this outfit so much, you look amazing. Also loving the hairdo in the shots. Velvet pants – what a great idea.

    1. Thanks, Meg! I love the fabric, it’s really soft on the right side and smooth on the wrong side. And would you believe my local fabric store always has it in stock! Dangerous. :-p

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