At last! The Sewing Lawyer has again sewn something. A pair of very nice pleated pants, if I do say so myself.
Burda would undoubtedly call these "Marlene Dietrich trousers", but they're not made from a Burda pattern.
These are made from Simplicity 4044, a 1940s retro re-release that I have had in stash for quite a few years, but it's still on the Simplicity website. Go and buy it now if you want a simple, high waisted, flowy pair of pants. I highly recommend this pattern!
There are only four pieces - front, back and facings. However, my recent infatuation with knitting got in the way of finishing these. I improved the hang of the pants, which are constructed in a very soft but drapy pure wool fabric, by underlining with Bemberg. This gives all the advantages of lining, but reduces any chance that pressing would reveal seam allowances, facing edges, etc.
The front pleats and little dip at CF are the subtle details that make these really nice, IMO.
I cut the legs slightly longer than the pattern calls for and made a deeper hem, which also increases the overall weight and therefore the nice drape of these pants.
I also moved the zipper to CB since I hate sewing zippers into a curved seam and would prefer to leave the side seams accessible for fine tuning the fit as needed. These needed very little. I predict these will be a great addition to my wardrobe, and that I'll make this pattern again.
In other news, I have most of a sock knitted. Humor me. It's my first.