On a Saturday while the kids were helping feed the homeless, (the homeless can wait, I’ve got pants to make) I made a plan to make pants. I made pants all day long. Here’s the result of my labors.
This is from a OOP Butterrick 4998 pattern that I getting to almost perfection. The fabric is a green something I got in a discount bin. Nice for muslin. Works better than muslin actually. See the wrinkles at the bottom, I can’t tell if that’s just the way I was standing, the fabric or what. Plus, the fabric IS kind of wrinkly.
- Took up the back and front crotch by 1″.
- Lowered the waistband by a 1/2″
- Used a contoured waistband treatment.
Here is the same pants in a linen. This linen is has heavy as duck cloth. Not the summery linen I was planning on. Oh well. Will be great for fall.
- Instead of a front fly zipper, I’ve put the zipper on the side (I haven’t put in the zip yet, as you can see I’m pinching the side closed.)
- Widened the leg
- Might crop them, not sure.
- Removed pocket detailing, but might add the back pockets in.
- Unfortunately, you can’t really see any details, but the crotch is looking great (which sounds really weird. )
This is Burda 7062. Very close fitting pant in a cotton stretch (2% spandex). These feel great although the back is a bit low and will change that on the next pair. This is a wearable muslin. But, do you think there should be an adjustment where there are the wrinkles? Flat seat? Hmm. Not sure. The print fabric makes it hard to see.
I can’t tell if there is a problem here or my perfection raising its ugly head. Suggestions? It’s weird it’s only on one side.
- raise the crotch depth in front and back (which might remove those wrinkles)
- Raise the waist band by an inch or 2.
Drafting Pants from RTW
This probably took the most time. Love these pants! The muslin turned out okay, but it needs fine tuning. The waist and stomach area is really tight, like I forgot to put in ease or something. Or maybe the wool fabric has more give? Would it make that much difference from the cotton muslin?
- I found an exact copy of these pants in a thrift store but one size larger
- Ripped them out.
- Made patterns from each section
- stitched them up in a muslin
- These are definitely for fall, so I’m happy with stopping here until my thoughts turn to fall and winter wear.
And, that is it! Crazy Saturday afternoon of making pants. Yea! What are your suggestions, tips for making pants that fit?
The image at the top of the post is from Pattern Patter. Click on it (or here) to read a fun post on pant styles.
The books that I use over and over again are:
Easy Guide To Sewing Pants – Taunton Press
Singer Sewing Pants That Fit