Pant Fitting Techniques »
Type of item: Clothing
Cheapy fabric for testing fit
What was your inspiration?
The pants fitting course is my inspiration.
This is my second test piece. Better than before but still some fitting issues, all at the back I think, that need correcting.
Undoubtedly the trousers do look a lot better. All that excess fabric at the front is pretty much gone and the front view and the front legs are good.
The side seams are fixed by the swayback adjustment and now hang straight down instead of towards my toes.
You can see from the side pic that the fabric on the front leg is smooth and hangs straight down. But I still have quite a problem at the back leg. There still seems to be far too much fabric between the bum and the back of the knee and it can be especially seen from the side where all this excess folds up into a big crease and there are lots of lines of fabric in folds running from outer hip to inner knee and calf. I can still fold lots of horizontal fabric here. Even the cat looks very critical and not pleased with what he sees !
Its like the center of the back leg is much longer than it needs to be even though the side seams match. Im not sure how else to describe it. Its like I need a horizontal double-ended dart with a lot taken out of the center and nothing at the inner and side seams.
Ive got one more adjustment to try. Apparently I can take a little off each side of the center princess seam underneath the bum. I think this will taper the leg a little more, but I dont think its going to get rid of all that extra length in the center back leg fabric.
Im open to all suggestions please how I can make the back leg a little smoother hanging.
You can read my blog post here which details all of the adjustments I have made so far:
What are you most proud of?
Well, they are much better than the first test piece so I obviously got a lof of the alterations identified and worked in correctly. I'm also happy that I continue to be determined to carry on with these and not give up yet. It's been a steep learning curve for me and I prefer instant success - lazy I guess.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
If you are new - be patient. It looks like I will need to make several test pieces before getting a finished pattern ready to use on my real fabric.