DIY Back to Black

DIY Back to Black
I have to admit, I love a slouchy loose fitting trouser just as much as a pencil skirt or an awesome dress. These trousers made with this Italian wool crepe from Mood Fabrics and lined with a silk blend,  feel absolutely amazing and are very easy to wear.

I used my beloved go to trouser pattern Burda B7250  also seen here.  With the following alterations:

Added 3 1/2 inches to the length
Added a 1/2″ seamed panel down the outside leg
Removed the zipper from the pattern
Added a drawstring elastic to the waist but removed the drawstring (this is a very flexible elastic that works much nicer in tailored items than the normal elastic)
Added  2 waist band belt loops
Added ribbed tight fitting ankle cuffs found here
Added back single welt pockets

The sweater is a reconstruction made from a gorgeous cashmere sweater that once belonged to my husband that thanks to our cat who made a few holes in it, had to retire it to the trash pile or so he thought.  I removed the sleeves, the neck band, waist band and re-cut it using this downloaded Burdastyle pattern with the following alterations:

Added a 1/2″ extended neck band
Removed 2″ from the sleeve length
Added a 4″tapered cuff made with the excess sweater fabric
Added an exposed zipper

Heels- Jean Michel Cazabat
Jacket- Andrew Marc
Necklaces- YSL and DIY



  1. November 4, 2013 / 2:56 pm

    This is such a great look! I love those pants. I feel I need a couple more pairs in my wardrobe. Great upcycling on the sweater!

    • November 8, 2013 / 2:56 pm

      Than you Erica

  2. Tiffany from Chicago
    November 4, 2013 / 6:53 pm

    Another winner

    • November 8, 2013 / 2:56 pm

      Thank you Tiffany

  3. Anonymous
    November 4, 2013 / 6:54 pm

    You have the most sleek sophisticated, classy and fashionable sewing blog PERIOD!

    • November 8, 2013 / 2:55 pm

      Thank you

    • November 8, 2013 / 2:55 pm

      Thank you

  4. November 5, 2013 / 3:00 am

    Gorgeous outfit. Love all of it and the zippers on the cuffs of the sweater, great idea.

    • November 8, 2013 / 2:55 pm

      Thank you Lori

    • November 8, 2013 / 2:55 pm

      Thank you

  5. November 5, 2013 / 3:32 pm

    I love your "vision." Another wildly awesome DIY!

    • November 8, 2013 / 2:55 pm

      Thank you Vik

    • November 8, 2013 / 2:54 pm

      Thank you Mo

    • November 8, 2013 / 2:54 pm

      Thank you

  6. November 7, 2013 / 5:14 pm

    Nice and I love how you made them beginner friendly by taking out the zipper and adding elastic. I never would've thought of that, thanks.

    • November 8, 2013 / 2:54 pm

      Thank you

  7. November 8, 2013 / 3:41 pm

    I just found your blog and everything you make is AMAZING. I'm obsessed with these pants. Way to salvage the sweater too. I love the details that you added.

    • November 13, 2013 / 2:09 am

      Thank you Stephanie

  8. Anonymous
    November 11, 2014 / 2:42 pm

    Btw, love love your blog:) I know this is an old post but hope you can still help. I am planning to make the pants and got few questions;
    1. link for the drawstring elastic added to the waist doesnt work. What is this exactly so i can google where to buy it.
    2. is the pant loose enough to go round the hips without the zipper?
    3. link for the tight fitting ankle cuffs also not working, where can I buy this or is there an alternative.


    again love what u do 🙂

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