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!|
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.
Recognize the fabric for the waistband (it was supposed to be self-fabric), pocket bags and hem?
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!).