The Elusive Holy Sewing Grail: Well Fitting Pants

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Perfection In Pants

Don’t Give Up On A Dream (Of Pants That Fit)

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Online Editor, Sew Daily
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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.

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What’s your pant fitting issue? Let me know in the comments below!

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Jill

About Jill

I am the Online Editor for Sew Daily and I am so incredibly excited to meet everyone here on this amazing sewing community!

My first passion is garment sewing, I love vintage sewing patterns and working with knits and silks. I also get very jazzed about sewing pants and love learning couture techniques. What about you? I can't wait to get started finding out more about you and what you like to sew.

5 thoughts on “The Elusive Holy Sewing Grail: Well Fitting Pants

  1. Getting rid of the wrinkles below the bum. It’s all about the butt. I had no problem when I was young and slim. Trying to get the proper curve for the crotch in the back is a real pain. Also I have big thighs which add another dimension. The more curves you have the harder it is.

  2. Getting rid of the wrinkles below the bum. It’s all about the butt. I had no problem when I was young and slim. Trying to get the proper curve for the crotch in the back is a real pain. Also I have big thighs which add another dimension. The more curves you have the harder it is.

  3. Hi Jill, pants!!! well I have given up. My biggest issue with the fitting is the baggyness below the buttocks. I have tried every alteration the “Fit” books recommend and made several muslins. I never get it right and would love to hear how others have solved this problem. I would love to make a pair of well fitting pants, or several pairs, as I have some beautiful fabrics perfect for pants, just stored in my sewing room. With age my bottom has flattened, and I guess this is the main problem.
    Would love to hear your comments.

  4. Butt and crotch, yep are the two biggies. For flat butt adjustments there are at least two that I know of. One is using the fish-eye dart and another one is doing a wedge type of adjustment.

    I’ve found, just to complicate things even more is that if there are mulitple ways of fitting an area one might not work while another may. I’ve had people swear by the fish-eye dart but not the wedge. Arrrgh.

    But for flat butt adjustments the wedge is easy, but I”ve had better success with the fish-eye dart. Of course I can’t explain it here, but if you are interested I can work on a post.
    Let me know!

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