When a Tunic Becomes Awesome Pants

"When a Tunic Becomes Awesome Pants" Burda 6789 pants, a plus size pattern – Making the Flame | Body Positive Sewing & Style

As we all know, I love polyester ITY. It’s my (very) guilty pleasure. I could make an entire wardrobe from the stuff!

Which is why I bought this piece to make a tunic, despite that I do not wear tunics. So, it hung out in my stash for awhile, with all the other ITY cuts I had ‘plans’ for. Then I decided it would be perfect for pants, but I wasn’t sewing pants at the time…so it hung out some more.

Finally, I perfected the fit of Burda Style 6789 (my favorite pair of pants) and a plan was born!

"When a Tunic Becomes Awesome Pants" Burda 6789 pants, a plus size pattern – Making the Flame | Body Positive Sewing & Style

A tunic takes less fabric than a pair of pants, so I had to use contrast fabric for the waistband — some black ribbing leftover from my Cookie Blouson jacket. I liked the look of it, so I made cuffs from the ribbing, too! Then realized I’d made a knock off of True Bias’ Hudson Pant. I’ve long admired the Hudson Pant, but assumed it didn’t come in large sizes and so never bought it. Oh well, no need to now.

"When a Tunic Becomes Awesome Pants" Burda 6789 pants, a plus size pattern – Making the Flame | Body Positive Sewing & Style

The pockets on this pattern are perfect. Right size, right shape, right depth. I’m beginning to add pockets to my new makes, even drafting my own where there are none. Pockets are freedom! (Sorry for the blurry photo! This was the only decent hands-in-pocket shot I had.)

"When a Tunic Becomes Awesome Pants" Burda 6789 pants, a plus size pattern – Making the Flame | Body Positive Sewing & Style

This is my third go with this pattern, and the only difference between version 2.0 and this one is that I lowered the center front by about 2″. My waist is lower in front than in back due to a large derriere. Even with a full lower abdomen, I need significantly less fabric in front than in back. This is an alteration I have to make to every pants pattern, but generally do last after length adjustments and grading up.

After making this pair, I rewarded myself by making another pair in a very different fabric. Stay tuned…

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5 Comments

  1. I just made these pants this weekend and was looking for others who’d given them a try and ran across your blog – these look so great! I made mine from a very lightweight woven cotton. I’m also in Boston, so hello!

    1. Ooh, what did you think of them? The pattern does call for woven fabrics, but I have never made these from a woven. So curious to know how they work out! Also, hello neighbor :) maybe well run into each other at Gather Here this weekend, it’s their semi-annual sale.

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