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Pants fitting version 3

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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, Traditional
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What materials did you use? Cheapy cotton broadcloth

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What are you most proud of? I've come a long way in a short time thanks to the course and all the helpful suggestions. And I never gave up trying which has previously been my problem when I didn't know how to make corrections to poor fitting. I've learned that making small adjustments can make a big difference and will use the techniques I've learned in a lot of other projects I'm sure.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? For this third attempt, I tried to vary the back length because I found that if I lifted up the back center waistband, a lot of the excess seemed to disappear. So I removed 1/2 inch from the top center of the back waist, tapering to nil at the side seams. Then I scooped out the back crotch curve 1/2 inch to make it more of a U shape than an oval to compensate for removing length at the top. I cut in the center at the princess seam from the backside drop off to the rear knee. I removed a small amount at the center back to make the waist a little smaller and make the pants fit a little higher at the waist instead of just under. A lot of the diagonal folds have disappeared. Everything is still hanging straight where it should be. The back leg is still fairly loose but smoother than the other versions. Walking, sitting and moving about is comfortable. I also completed the trousers with the top stitching, zip, waistband as good practice for the real fabric. Clearly I need some practice at putting in a zip.... For now I am satisified that this is good for me. Maybe in the future I might make another attempt, watch the videos again, start from a fresh pattern piece and see how it comes out. But now I am keen to make these up in a suitable fabric. There doesn't seem to be anything in my stash that will work, and my local fabric shop has limited affordable options, so I'm ordering something from overseas. I've ordered a faux suede, a cotton twill, and a linen twill. I hope these will work out. And now I wait......

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It is really helpful to see your muslin, as the seams and topstitching show up so well. Thanks for takimg the time to do that, and for sharing.

12/15/2012 Flag

I'm excited to see your finished products!

12/16/2012 Flag

Looking forward to see how the alterations work in the fabrics you've chosen. The muslin looks like a ally good fit. Looking at your earlier Muslims and then this one, I think your thighs are shaped a lot like mine: fuller in front and a bit on the sides, smaller and flatter in the back. I'm going to make a note of your alterations for reference.

01/06/2013 Flag

Your fit is looking very nice. I was wondering if you felt it was tight in the seat? in the pic it looks as if it is pulling slightly there. You are so close now, I am looking forward to seeing a finished pair on you. I hope I can get that close.

01/23/2013 Flag

looks good!

01/24/2013 Flag