Well I don’t even know what to say about pants fitting. You may recall that Jamie, Kitty, and I attended a Silhouette Patterns one-day seminar in Denver last month. We all had our pants muslin’s fitted by Peggy Sager. And it was with some excitement that I returned home to see what could I could do with my new muslin.
Fitted Silhouette Patterns Pants Peggy had carefully pinned our muslins in various points across our seats and from the crotch. She also pinned our side seams. We were to sew down the pinned areas from seam to seam and mark our new side seams. Then we were to unstitch the darts and trim the muslin down to a 3/8″ seam allowance. Here are my modified pattern pieces. I matched the inseam cut lines so you can see the difference between the muslin and the original pattern pieces.
I then created a pair of pants from the muslin pattern pieces. I used a wool blend purchased from Colorado Fabrics years ago. I’ve never used wool before, so I was amazed to see how nicely it reacts to steam pressing. But oddly, it smells a bit like a dog when steamed. Is this usual for wool?
Here are the pants I made.
The fit is not bad. My only complaint is that I seem to have a mono-butt. My husband says that the fit looks a little geriatric.
New Look 6785 For comparison, I used to make pants from New Look 6785 without any modifications. Sadly, the pants I’ve made are a little too tight now. But now that I look at them with fresh eyes, I can see that they didn’t fit at all!
Walmart Pants I also have really liked wearing pants from Walmart. I bought a whole slew of work pants in 2007. They are all a little too tight now, but I like the fit. It’s a bit more butt-hugging and doesn’t give me the mono-butt look:
I like where the waist sits on these pants as well as the New Look pants I made.
What to Do? My inclination is to disassemble one of my Walmart pants to see how they compare to the New Look and Silhouette Patterns pants. My other inclination is just to run to Walmart and buy new pants in one size larger (and hope that the fit is still the same). What do you all think? Do the Walmart pants seem to fit okay (assuming they were a tad looser)? Maybe something between a mono-butt and butt-hugging is more appropriate for a 50-year old? The thought of having to look for fabric for pants is in itself daunting. What to do?