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S Betzina pant fitting

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Pant Fitting Techniques taught by Sandra Betzina

In this comprehensive pattern alteration class, Sandra Betzina of Power Sewing teaches pro secrets to conquer common pant fitting issues.

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Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Classic
BossHossVoss on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? Light weight denim/twill - cotton

BossHossVoss on craftsy.com

What advice would you give someone starting this project? I was always under the impression that my elbows "marked" my waist (parallel to the floor) - which makes my waist high . Once I tried to fit the waist with the high measurement - it wouldn't work. Man, if I couldn't fit the waist how was I going to fit the rest??? I re-measured my waist according to the class and got a very different measurement. The elbow/waist measurement is 29 1/2 and the CORRECT measurement is 32.5 - ish. I do not like to wear anything at the elbow/waist area - My pants/shorts/bottoms always end up sitting low in the front and higher in the back. For alterations so far - I brought the front of the pants up 1/2 inch - and need to pinch out some fabric in the front/crotch rise-vertical or horizontal??? I'd like to lower the back some too - haven't done that yet. The pants need to be taken in - do I take in the pants on the side and fronts to keep the lines where they are supposed to be. Will taking in on the sides take care of the extra fabric under my butt?? BTW - love the class Sandra - thank you for sharing the passion we all feel for sewing!! Judy

BossHossVoss on craftsy.com

Great start. Looking forward to seeing your changes in your next posting.

11/27/2012 Flag

For the 2nd muslin - I removed a 1/4" slice from the front and inner thigh area. Tapered the pants on the sides and back seam quite a bit - more than an inch. I have some bagginess to remove under my arse - do not want to "over-fit." I did not "walk" the pattern as I should have and did not true up the grain lines as shown in the video - will DEFINITELY do these two things on the next muslin. This last muslin is a dark green twill and does not photo well. Sorry for that. I had thought that Sandra's patterns and I were Just not made for each other. My build is "aging tomboy" and I'm more of a brick than round. So then I decided to compare the crotch lines to a wonderful pair of RTW pants and low and behold the crotch of the green muslin was bigger - so I took in the back crotch/inner-thigh a healthy 1/2 inch and turned a corner and am onto the next muslin. It will be a lot of work - You'll take my word for it!! I am also working on a muslin for Sandra's 1060 coat and am quite excited about that. I have an off-white wool boucle I hope to use. Love the class - gonna check out how every one else is fairing - -

12/15/2012 Flag

Reading everyone's changes is really helpful and encouraging! I hope to start this class soon.

12/16/2012 Flag

can anyone tell me what to do I made a pair of slacks they lool really nice but I feel a strain in the legs when I walk

06/03/2013 Flag

That could be your thighs pulling the pants down - I have that problem w/ ready-to-wear...pants are hard!!

06/07/2013 Flag

Thanks for bringing that to my attentionBossHossVoss

06/14/2013 Flag