I was in grad school the last time I made a pair of pants. They were lime green and probably ill-fitting. I distinctly remember walking into lab, and right away, a fellow student asked if I made them. As a seamstress, it's not really a good thing when someone immediately recognizes a piece of clothing as homemade! Frustrated with printed patterns in general, from that point on I set aside pants as one of those things I would just purchase.
However, following sewing blogs as I do, I was reading about others having success with pants
, and with one pattern in particular
. The name, Amazing Fit!, really sells the pattern as something that might actually work. I took all my measurements and compared the finished garment measurements to how I like to wear my pants (fitted) and went down two full sizes from the suggested size. I also selected "slim" (this pattern has "regular" and "curvy" options), so I was truly going for fitted, particularly since I was working with a stretch denim-ish fabric.
Nearly the entire pant is finished before you can try them on for fit. These are well-constructed pants, and so when I put them on and found them to be ridiculously huge, I was super mad! All that work and completely unwearable! The instructions' suggestions for altering the fit were laughable with the problems I was having:
|Inches of extra width!|
These pictures don't give justice to how huge they were and I thought it would be obscene to grab the 4-5 inches of fabric below my crotch for photos, but trust me. Unwearable. I ripped out the inseam, side and crotch seams and thought about what to do.
Knowing the crotch was too long and low, I reduced the length of the crotch seam in the back. I couldn't do as much in the front, since the zipper fly was a certain length. The photo below shows before (in the back) and after (on top). I also took in the sides and inseam by about 1/2 an inch or more. I reduced the waistband width by about half, which also brought the crotch up a bit.
Once I sewed them back up I was incredibly pleased! The crotch is still a tad low, but seriously, I will wear these!
They fit just right, not too tight and the stretch material is fabulous! I hemmed them for kitten heels, not the flats I usually wear, since they are more for work.
The back is in desperate need of pockets, but since I have almost no fabric left, I think welt pockets are my only option.
Recognize the fabric
for the waistband (it was supposed to be self-fabric), pocket bags and hem?
I had purchased the brown stretch denim fabric from Joann's to make a skirt, so I only had 1.5 yards of 60" fabric to make a pair of pants. I am only 5'1", so I could sacrifice a lot on the length, but I still had to be a little creative with fabric useage! Don't worry, I don't plan on cuffing the pants :)
After altering the pattern, it truly fit wonderfully. The cut is good for my figure and I like the wide legs (which could be altered to create a different look), so I applied my changes to the paper pattern and the very next day, whipped up a pair of shorts (stay tuned for the reveal of those!).