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Vogue 1307

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Pant Construction Techniques taught by Sandra Betzina

If you enjoyed Sandra's first Craftsy class, Pant Fitting Techniques, or know her from her books, newspaper columns and TV series, here's your chance to sit down at the machine with Sandra and learn professional sewing skills from the popular author and host of Power Sewing.

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Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Traditional
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What materials did you use? Polyester blend

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What are you most proud of? They are comfortable.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? I wish I had watched the entire class before starting the project. There are a few things I would have changed. I need an honest assessment of the fit. My sewing friends are all quilters! As I look at the pictures, it seems I don't have it quite right yet.

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The pants are too baggy and not flattering, is this the pattern she recommends using?

02/16/2013 Flag

No, it's a different Today's Fit pattern.

02/22/2013 Flag

Watch the video and do not expect perfection the first time. I can see the difference, however I think you were kind of afraid of making a mistake. Keep up the good work - be fearless!

04/16/2013 Flag

Fitting pants can be brutal especially if doing it by yourself. Given your skill level, I would encourage you to perfect fitting with a very simple pattern, perhaps straight-leg, and get your hands on Pants for Real People put out by Palmer/Pletsch. I borrowed it from the library and it brought sanity back to my quest for perfect pant fit. Construction is important but without great fit it's an exercise in frustration (speaking from quite a bit of personal experience).

08/24/2013 Flag

Plane Jane, you have gotten some harsh feedback! While I agree that a pattern that fits closer to the body is easier to alter, I assume you used this pattern because YOU like the style. If you take Sandra's Fit Class you are not limited to closer-fitting patterns. This pattern would benefit from a muslin mock-up to fine-tune the fit. To raise the crotch depth, you need enough length left to shorten this pattern between the high & low hips points. Your workmanship looks good. I encourage you to add Sandra's other course to deal with fit so that when you put in this much work, your fit won't distract from the skill. Sandra also covers a pleat finishing technique for this pattern in the other course that may help the wrinkling in the front.

09/08/2015 Flag

I don't mind harsh feedback if it's useful. I have taken other pants classes from Craftsy and hope to get back to making pants that actually fit. This probably was the wrong fabric for the pattern. It's always a gamble ordering on-line! Do you think body shape has anything to do with pants fit? I'm a rectangle, flat when viewed from the side. I can't even buy pants that fit.

09/11/2015 Flag

All your comments are point on. I was discouraged, but didn't give up. I did take the fitting class and will use both classes for the next pair of pants. Thanks, Sandra. I learned a lot in your class.

08/12/2016 Flag