Saturday, January 26, 2008

BWOF 12/06 Pants

I made these pants over the last couple of days. They actually look better on than they do in this picture (ever use a blind man as your photographer?) but I can see that I have some fit issues in the back. They looked perfect in the mirror - but the camera doesn't lie! I have already lowered the back crotch curve to make it more of an L shape and then ended up lowering the entire crotch curve by about 1/2=5/8 inch both front and back. I cut a 40 at the waist, 44 at the hip, and then tapered to a 42 at the ankle. I've made these before, but this time I just drew a straight line from hip to ankle. I ended up taking in the side seams from the pocket down about 1/2 inch. Oh, I also added almost an inch to the front inseam for full thigh adjustment. I had added 1/2 inch last time, but when trying on the brown linen pants, they still pulled too much against the front of my thighs. These fit better there and the inseam runs down the middle of my leg rather than closer to the front.

Still not sure how to get rid of those wrinkles.
I seem to be "fit-needy" these days. What do I need to do to get rid of the wrinkles under my rear and on the back of the legs?

I really like Sandra Betzina's method of doing the fly that she has in her Power Sewing book and I use it every time. This time I also added an extension behind the zipper to give it a more finished look (picture's kind of blurry though)

I wore these pants to a George Winston concert last night and they were really comfortable to sit in all evening. I really like the drape of this RPL. I got it on the clearance aisle at JoAnns last year for a total cost of about $5.00


Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

Nancy - that's not fit needy...that's taking your sewing to another level. I don't have the answer to your question since I have so much booty I never have a problem filling my pants backside out! I just wanted to encourage you that it is a GOOD thing that you are asking harder and better questions about how your garments fit!

SewRuthie said...

Nancy I get this problem too and don't know the answer yet. In my case I have done a full seat alteration that extends the back crotch to get all of my butt in and covered, but this then leaves excess fabric under the butt at the top of the thighs which is less fat that the butt. meanwhile I reckon I need that fabric to spread into when I sit down.....

debbie said...

I've tried the adding to the front crotch hook also and all I got was the same baggies that you got. It doesn't work. There's a post on PR from El's that shows a different type of alteration that works much better. Hopefully this will copy and paste so you can see it. I couldn't even begin to tell you how I found it! You know, one of those links within a link within a link.LOL

kasizzle said...

Even though you feel they need alterations, I think they look nice.