First up - BurdaStyle 08/14-132 Top
I'm always drawn to knit tops with a bit of detailing and Burda often have these kinds of patterns in their magazine.
This one is from the August 2014 issue and is really straightforward to put together. It is however quite oversized so I would recommend going down at least a size if not two, I cut my usual 38 and took in the side seams, including the sleeves by around 2 inches each side and it is still loose. You can see from the line drawing though that it is quite boxy so I think it is supposed to be this way, but I found the waist pleating to be way below my waist as well.
Kristy made this in a ponte knit and took it in even more to get a much closer fitting top. My knit is very lightweight so I have stuck with a drapy tunic style this time (also my pleats would disappear into the side seams if I took it in anymore). It's fine, there is definitely a place in my wardrobe for this kind of top, but if I made it again I would try and add a bit more waist definition and raise the line of pleats up higher. It does however work well with skinny pants which is good because I also made some of those....
BurdaStyle 03/2014 - 115 Five Pocket Trousers
I found some stretch fabric on one of my recent trips to Sham Shui Po, it was very cheap and has a faux suede texture with a sort of croc pattern on it and it immediately said skinny pants to me.
I went through my more recent Burda magazines and picked this classic jean style pant which also happens to be the illustrated sewing course in the March 2014 issue.
Given the fabric was so inexpensive I didn't bother with a muslin, I started with a size 40 and added extra seam allowances at the sides so I could tweak the fit later, Burda's pants draft does seem to fit me quite well so this seemed a good place to start. I ended up taking the waist in quite a bit at the sides and centre back and trimmed the outer legs down till I got the fit I wanted. Learning from my last pant making experience I redrafted a curved waistband and facing instead of the straight strip.
The instructions are pretty good, even for the fly front. I tried to get clever though and catch my belt loops in the waistband which was all well and good until I realised that I then couldn't topstitch the waistband. Oops, I don't intend to wear these with the waist showing, but the topstitching would help give the waistband more structure. Next time I will follow the instructions!
You can see I really struggled to get these to lie flat or get the right light for photos, but the end result is exactly how I pictured them in the fabric store and while black skinny pants will go with many things, I really like them with my new top.