Jean-ius: Reverse Engineer Your Favorite Fit »
InstructionsKenneth D. King is the master so how lucky was I to stumble across this course. I have been sewing for some 30 years (o.k.-started out as a baby!) and to be finally able to perfect trousers from a pair of purchased ones is just fantastic. Kenneth's 'tricks of the trade' are invaluable and I particulary liked his zipper method (better than Sandra's b's) and his burrito finish on waistband ends ...
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Type of item: Clothing
I used a cotton lycra fabric as these are firm fitting capris so I needed some stretch for ease.
What was your inspiration?
My inspiration was NOT having to spend $150 a pop for the best fitting trousers I have ever owned!
I copied my Sportscraft Eva Capri pants which I have been buying for the last 10 years. I am now able to make these and I cannot believe how easy this was. Everyone knows how hard it is to fit trousers especially getting the crotch depth and length absolutely right. How many times have I made a trouser muslin and still could not get the fit just right. And if you don't have a person to fit you, it just becomes a long labour intensive time consuming task resulting in yet another UFO! Honestly, it is enough to make one cry and give up!
What are you most proud of?
The whole look and replicating the exact trousers I love so much. Kenneth's take on zippers and his finish on the waistband ends was the best and one that I will continue to do now. I am also pedantic when it comes to finishes and believe that the inside of a garment should be just as good as the outside.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Watch all the videos til the end before commencing along with reading all the comments under each section (you may get some further tips or the questions you have may already be answered by Kenneth)...... Make sure all your grain lines are straight and use the coloured pencils Kenneth recommends as they really are the best for tracing onto fabric.
I can't wait for Kenneth's next class on Craftsy!