“She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction is on her tongue.”
Proverbs 31:26 (NIV)
Hey ya’ll! I pray that you all are having a great day! Thanks for all the love from my Sunday DIY pants and top post. Its always encouraging to see that people are taking the time to read my posts and I hope are being blessed by the content. If you didn’t read it you can click here and take a peak.
Like I mentioned on Sunday’s post, pants fitting has always been a challenge for me and i’ve made a decision to really work on. I pretty much devoted all of May to this and while I learned alot, there is always more to learn and in sewing you have to practice. So I plan on making pants an ongoing goal in between my other makes. Practice makes perfect!
For today however, I decided to share my top 5 lessons learned from my May pants making experience
1.Start with a pant design that you really like. This will help you to focus on fitting the pants as well as give you a better idea of how a pant should fit. For example I wanted a very fitted cigarette style pant and I used simplicity 8056 pattern because I also wanted a similar style with a flare leg as well. I thought I could get a two for one out of this pattern. Only to realize after that this pattern is more for a bootleg trouser which have a looser fit in the seat and leg. Trying to get these to where I wanted them was a bit of a mess. However, this pattern allowed me to figure out crotch and rise fitting. As I always need more room in my seat and less room in the front crotch.
2.Don’t be afraid to use measurements from a pair of well fitting pants in your existing wardrobe. This helped me tremendously in crotch and rise fitting. I had a couple of skinny jeans that I love the fit of and measured the front and back rise as well as inseam length and waist to knee length to help me troubleshoot the best measurements to use for fitting my pattern. Just make sure the pants are similar to the style, fit and fabric your looking for.
3.Invest in a good fitting book that extensively details fit issues and corrections. While I found some great tutorials on pinterest and You Tube I still found it hard to find everything that I needed. I had to pull from a couple of different places including my design book from school. Pants Fitting For Real People, was one that was recommended by several sewing bloggers so I bought it. However, I found it hard to navigate and in the end I just gave up on the book. Which is actually a critique that I heard from only one other blogger.
4.Use a pattern that is easy to fit with minimal pattern pieces, especially if this is your first time fitting pants. My second attempt at a muslin I decided to use simplicity 8514 which was more in line with my desired style. However, it was designed with princess seams which is suppose to make fitting easier but for me made it confusing. It was also hard to slash and spread on pattern corrections.
The good thing about this pattern is that the fitted silouhette allowed me to see that the pants leg needed to be shortened at the knee. I was having alot of wrinkling at the knee and I also noticed it in my first muslin. So I measured and found that the knee on most commercial patterns are about 1-2″ too long for my short curvy legs. Causing an ugly pooling of wrinkles at the knee. (no bueno!)
5.When you get a great fitting pants pattern keep it and begin to explore the different design variations that you can create using the same pattern as your foundation. Adding a fly front, waistband, belt loops or welt pockets etc. This way you can challenge yourself to learn new techniques without fussing with fit. Or maybe you can change the pant leg or explore different color and fabric options to add variety to your wardrobe.
My 3rd and most successful muslin was using a new mimi g pattern simplicity 8655 This by far has been my favorite fit and is exactly what I wanted in a pants style. It came together quickly and armed with all of my new fitting lessons and techniques I was able to cut, alter and sew a muslin in a few hours. Now that I have a pair of well fitting pants, I’ve decided that I want to use this mimi g pattern to design a pair of high waist flare leg jeans by adding a fly front, pockets, waistband and butt pockets.
Well that’s all for now! I hope this post was helpful. I plan on working on one more post this week on how to make a front crotch and back rise adjustment. So stay tuned!