Pants and Pattern Stash

I have tried on and taken off, made some adjustments, undone some adjustments, and tried some other adjustments with my pants fitting.  I have made my last adjustments and will attempt to actually sew with these final pant adjustments.  I have made so many adjustments and noted many and then lost track of some. 

This has been an amazing adventure. I think my final version will be the best I can do with this particular pattern.  Will I attempt to make another pair of pants? Perhaps but probably not this pattern.  Having said that, one real issue with this pant pattern is not choosing the right size and the need to better understand crotch depth and length.  I have more to learn.  I will take a break from pants and plan to sew some tops for the upcoming cooler weather.

DH and I have other plans for tomorrow and hopefully will be able to finish the pants, take pictures and write a final blog post about these pants by midweek.  I am soooooo ready to be done with this!!!!

P.S. I continue t…

Pant Progress

This has been an interesting project for me.  I hardly give up on a sewing project; there has been a few though when I truly knew the outcome would not be wearable.  I have been close to giving up on this pant fitting journey I am on. I realized yesterday after putting on and taking off and repeating this action at least five times that I am actually learning more about fitting pants and decided to not talk myself out of continuing.

I am happy and actually amazed at the fit of the back of the pants with some tweaks for fullness in the back below my bottom/butt/bum.  This pattern has a side back and back pieces. This has allowed for a nicer fit in that area and without this, I would be folding out quite a bit of fullness. There is still fullness that I want to remove.

It was hard taking photos of the back as my DH was not readily available to help.  I lightened the photo so you could see what I am working with at this time.

The front is another fitting issue nightmare!  Actually, this …


I am finally sewing the pants. I pin fitted the pattern about 4 times and I think I will have a good fit when all is said and done. I love sewing the fabric, it was purchased earlier this year from Cali Fabrics and prior to our move to North Carolina.

The fabric is similar to Talbot's pants that fit me very well and the pants last forever.  I hope this fabric and the fit will be the same.

Here is a quick photo of pants in progress on the cutting table. The center front has been sewn and the back/side back and center back seams have been sewn.  Next step is to baste the one-inch seams and try them on for fitting adjustments.

More later.

Quick Update

I am making progress.  Between Pants for Real People book and Melissa Watson on Craftsy for pant fitting, I have made a lot of progress with my pant pattern.

I plan to actually cut out the fabric later this evening. Will provide more progress reports later.

At least I now know steps to take if you have smile lines in the front and back crotch.  I had to take a deeper crotch seam for the back and I reduced the pant length.  I also had to add to the center front for a fuller tummy!

More updates later!

Back to McCall's

I appreciate the feedback from everyone, comments were helpful. I  made some tweaks to the Lander Shorts, which improved some of the fit issues and then created additional fit issues.

This is a nice pattern, yet I don't think my body shape really works well with this pattern. The pattern is high-waisted and that is not going to work for me.  The more fit adjustments I made the bigger the waistband seem to be. It is not a contour waistband.

I was getting more and more frustrated with the project.  I was not going to give up on my quest to make a well-fitting pant/shorts and decided to give McCall's Palmer/Pletsch pant pattern (6440) a try. I decided to go back and view the Palmer/Pletsch video on pants fitting on Craftsy and found my Fit For Real People Pant Fitting book. I have had this pattern for some time and had listed it for sale on eBay, so I pulled that listing and decided to use it myself.  I have already cut around the pattern pieces and used my hip measurement as rec…

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 ba…

Back to normalcy!

Hurricane Florence has moved on, leaving more damage and destruction elsewhere.  I consider myself very lucky as we lost some roof shingles and had two small ceiling leaks.  My neighbors on both sides had portions of their fences knocked down.

Power was restored about 4:30 PM yesterday. We had a small blackout later in the evening and power came back quickly.  Still lots of damage in other areas of our county as well as in other counties close by.

I am ready to get back to sewing.  I have measured a pair of my favorite shorts and made note of those measurements and have determined the size I should consider using for the Lander Shorts.

This AM waking up to sunshine and A/C was a blessing.  Back to my normal routine of coffee and reading pattern reviews on Pattern Review. I have several days worth to catch up on and many sewists have been busy sewing. 

Catch up with everyone later.


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