I still can't believe I spent $130 on one item of clothing, that wasn't footwear! I know this isn't overly excessive, but ugg! I ain't made of money!
With this horribly expensive memory still fresh in my mind, I set aside some time to experiment with and construct a perfect pants pattern - fitted just for me.
OOP Simplicity 3850 which is a Built By Wendy pattern. I have used this pattern three times before, here, here and here. While I like the flat front and slash pockets, I have always struggled to fit the rear of the pants with quite a bit of excess fabric pooling there.
So in addition to addressing the rear fitting issues, I also wanted to:
- Slightly increase the rise of the pants (by about an inch) as my new comfort level is a little higher since having kids.... and maybe getting older.
- Reduce the width of the waistband, as belts aren't a thick as they used to be.
- Slim the leg even further as the original pattern isn't terribly slim by today's standard.
inevitable flow on effects to the back rise and overall the size of the pants, I completely re-drafted the back of the pattern based on the Burda pants curve, adding a dart to shape the pants and aligning the rise with the modified front pattern which I also re-drafted.
I'd love to achieve the fall of these lovely pants from Zara.
Anyway, the $130 Witchery pants are fitted like this in the back, so at least mine look commercial in that regard.
These trousers are definitely wearable and well made, but there is scope to improve. My next pair will be made with a more drapey fabric. I also think I can slim the leg width just a little further and I also really need to learn how to sew a welt pocket. The faux button flaps are easy, but not schmick!
Do you have any other fitting or trouser making suggestions for me?
Self drafted pants based on OOP Simplicity 3850 and Burda slim pants 02/2010 No. 111.
Pattern: free - both used before.
Fabric: Stretch cotton sateen 2 meters = $14.80
Zipper = $2.80
Buttons = $2.40
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