No you didn't, Yes I did!

Many of you know that my favorite process for fitting is the Palmer Pletsch Fit for Real People pin fitting method.  I have only made a few muslins in all the years (a lot) of sewing.  Many of you know that I recently posted that I have a real block when it comes to making pants or shorts.

I took the RTW Fasters 2018 Pledge which was I will not buy any RTW garments for 2018.  I have stuck to that commitment, though have been tempted several times to buy some shorts.  Soooooo- I purchased the Landers Pants and Shorts pattern from True Bias.  After printing, taping and tracing I tried pin fitting as usual and just couldn't get that to work for me.  So I decided to make a muslin, oh yes I did!

I can better see my issues by doing this but I am still having concerns about what I think I am seeing.  So dear readers, I am bravely posting some photos that DH took so I could better see what may be the issues.  I truly appreciate your feedback.  I will comment about what I see both in my bathroom mirror (the one photo I took) and what I see from the photos.

Hopefully, if you click the photo you can see the comments.  The front overlaps do not meet at the front so I know I need more room there.  There is pulling on the left side and puffy on right.  My right hip issue is more pronounced in this shot.


I know I want to taper in the side seams below the hip to take out some fullness.  This pattern has one-inch side seams to allow for fitting-yeah! This is the left side.

This is the right side seam. I do have gaping in the center back at the waistband and the waistband stands out from my back.  I think that I need to take a deeper back seam or take in darts at waist?


I have real issues with my right hip. Osteo issues as well as bursitis; I see more differences between left and right in this photo.

I truly appreciate feedback about whether I am on the right track or could there be other fitting concerns.  I will conquer the short/pant fitting. If you want to send me an email with more details please send to lwl1951 at gmail dot com.  Thank you for your responses!



Comments

  1. How I wish I could help! I have the same story--on the RTW fast challenge, and always come to a block with pants. I started a pants block via Craftsy, got to a certain point, and put it aside. I think you are headed in the right direction, and if you can endure all the little tweaks it takes to get to a great fit, you can sew some lovely shorts. Do you have Fit for Real People--pants? That is such a good resource. I look forward to seeing what you will do!

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    1. Thanks Vanessa for commenting. I have the Craftsy video for the pants for FFRP. I have watched it but it has been awhile. Good reminder for me and will look at it again! Maybe we both will get a good fit one day.

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  2. You know from ALL my post about pants fitting issues that I am in the very same spot as you with this. But it always amazes me that when I see pictures such as the one you posted here that I THINK I know the answers. But I am always questioning myself and going back and forth, so please take what I am typing here with a grain of salt. I think you are right about needing a small sway back adjustment, and taking in a wedge at the center back waist. I think the pulling at the upper hip area of the side seam would be alleviated by letting out the side seam a tad on both sides, and that will probably add the amount you need at the center front as well. Again, take this with a grain of salt. I think you are doing a marvelous job with these. The Lander pants are high on my list to see as well.

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    1. Thank you for your feedback. I am doing the same thing, questioning if this will fix that, and will that fix this. I do agree with your suggestions as I was thinking something similar; my lack of real experience sewing pants/shorts made me truly question what adjustments to make and will that create another adjustment. We shall see! Thanks again for commenting.

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  3. It looks like you need more crotch length at the front to me. The waistband is sitting below the waist, so a curved yoke will fit better than a straight band.

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  4. I took the Lander pattern out, looked at it, and folded it back up. I don't like it...and after checking out a bunch of reviews...a lot of people SAY they like them, but a lot of people have a really poor fit in the front crotch. I feel like something is off there but don't have the pattern drafting/fitting knowledge to fix it. I'm curious to see how it works out for you!!!

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    1. Part of the reason for buying was reviews seem good. I made some changes that I thought were needed and that created other issues. I am going to search for another short/pant pattern to try.

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    2. I would totally give a Big4 pattern a shot. One of the Simplicity amazing fit (1st pattern I got to work for me was S2700). Or a Tilton pattern or Lisette for Butterick.

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    3. I have decided to give a Big 4 a shot. I will check out the Simplicity one also.

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  5. Alexandra Morgan is doing a free video series for fitting pants that might be useful: https://www.inhousepatternsstudio.com/blog

    I always learn something new from her.

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    1. Thanks for this information. I will check this out!

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