I have been trying to achieve a fit that I can be proud of for many years. The difficulty I have is the reason that I have had many on and off again love affairs with my sewing machine. I am now retired and have more time. Therefore this is the time for me to overcome my fitting problems.
I expect it could be quite a journey, so I have labelled this post #1. Lets see if I can achieve, if not a perfect fit at least one that is acceptable – but of course I would love perfection – wouldn’t you?
I have been following many blogs over the last year and I have learnt so much from other people. Thank you everyone. I think I would have given up were it not for your amazing creativity and inspiration. Many of you have difficult fitting issues too, but you overcame those hurdles – congratulations! I want to get there too.
I saw Bunny of La Sewista! giving pants fitting a go using the Sure-fit Design system. I deeply admire Bunny’s creations, so when I saw she wanted to improve her pants fitting using SFD, I was sold. I ordered the three kit package – pants, dress and shirt.
I have now had a couple of days to work on my first muslins and I will post the pictures although such photos never look good, hopefully something can be learnt.
First the pants. I have achieved acceptable fit for jeans and stretchy pull on pants, but I want to make more dressy pants too.
I emailed these exact photos to Glenda of SFD last night, and this morning I had the following answer (I also emailed other photos dealing with the bodice and skirt, and I will cover that in a separate post). I must say I am very impressed with her speedy reply and attention to my specific issues – thank you Glenda:
“I’ll address the pants first. Initially, you are off to a good start. If these are supposed to be ‘regular’ pants vs. jeans fit – they are too tight. Even though you are pretty straight from your waist down, you are getting drag lines toward your high hip and at the bottom of the back dart. Go to the next size high hip dot, and you can test this by simply letting out the seam a little from the high to the low hip. They are a little tight there too.
The back crotch needs to be scooped out and re-shaped. If you have the new Jeans DVD this scooping is covered in the fitting section of the DVD. If you don’t have that, watch this video – P.6.6 How To Refine the Back Crotch Fit for a Dropped Buttocks – Droopy Butt
Also, if that doesn’t eliminate all the folds under your butt, then you may want to consider doing this Fish Eye Dart for a Flat butt – P.6.5 Drawing a Fish-Eye Dart in Pants Back for a Flat Backside
Another reason why they are looking so bunchy in the leg is that the fabric looks to be a little stiff and you don’t have your hem in or the creases in place. This all makes a difference to how that leg will look. If you have the Pants Fitting Course on DVD, please watch that.”
I will now work on Glenda’s suggestions and follow-up with more photos when that is done.