Don’t Give Up On A Dream (Of Pants That Fit)
Never, never, never give up. – Winston Churchill
Over the summer I sew a lot of dresses and skirts primarily because they are cooler than pants. However, I do like to sew easy, elastic waist pull on pants in silk and other light weight breeze fabrics. These are very easy to sew and the fit isn’t to difficult to achieve. Plus, there are no zippers to deal with. And, you can make shorts, super easy.
Pants for a lot of sewists are a hassle to sew, well it’s the fit that is the problem, the sewing is the easy part. The hip and crotch area is complicated at best. I recommend that when sewing pants you start with elastic waist, pull on pants. There are many pant patterns to choose from, purchase a pattern based on your hip size. Sew up an pair in a inexpensive fabric and assess the fit.
It’s very important when doing any type of fitting is to know your measurements and of course to take accurate measurements. One of my constant pant alterations is the crotch length and depth. I measure my pattern first and then I determine how much I need to remove/add to the pattern based on my personal measurements. Once you know your alterations it is easy to make adjustments to the pattern. Then you get to sewing. Once I got the measurements down and sewn several muslins I finally was able to make a pant sloper. I tell you, it is so worth it.
My hope for all sewists is that you keep making strides in your quest for making pants that fit. Don’t Give Up! My own journey to perfect pants that fit took quite a while and many many attempts at fitting and reading fit books. But finally, I feel very confident in making pants that not only fit but look great. Now, as long as I don’t gain any weight ever, I’ll be good.
What’s your pant fitting issue? Let me know in the comments below!