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StitchyMama
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Date: 2/6/14 8:52 AM

Remember me? Last winter many of you helped me in my pants fitting and after many trials I finally had a pattern that fit. Well I pulled that pattern out last week, made a few tweeks, (widening the leg slightly below the knee, dropped the front waist 1/2" and the rest were design elements), but I changed nothing as far as the basic size or shape in the back.

Last years pants


This years pants



The backside is very baggy, and I didn't notice that when I tried them on before finishing the waistband. I know I've lost some weight, but I didn't think I lost that much that it would show in my back side. It's to late to change this pair, and that's ok because these are work pants, but what do you suggest I do to fix it in the next pair?

Edited to add: the winkles around the inside knee I think are because I had them rolled up just before this photo was taken.
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Date: 2/6/14 9:25 AM

Well first things first...Congratulations on your weight loss :hug:

Now let's see if I can get the ball rolling and hopefully others will chime in It looks as if you have a front waist pleat...right? Can you eliminate that in the next pair of pants? You will have a much smoother fit. I think what's happening on the back of the inner leg reminds me of something Debbie Cook was dealing with. I'm not sure what her fix was, but it had something to do with moving the lower leg over towards the inseam.

Also some of the baggies could be due to the length of the pant legs. Can you put on a higher heel shoe, just to get a better idea of what is an "adjustment" wrinkle and what is just too much length?

I'm sure others who have made the adjustments you need will chime in and help out

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Date: 2/6/14 9:50 AM

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moving the lower leg over towards the inseam

Yep, I did that, I moved it in about a 1/2". Last year I was having an issue with the inseam pulling up.

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It looks as if you have a front waist pleat...Can you eliminate that in the next pair of pants?

I don't think so and because my waist is considerably smaller than my hips. I need the room to get the pant up over my hips, but still fit in the waist.

I'll try a higher heel to see if it's the length, that's an easy enough fix.

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Date: 2/7/14 10:50 PM

I would think that between shaping the seams and waist darts in the front and back, you could achieve a fit at the waist and hips without the pleats. I remember being in a seminar where the presenter very emphatically expressed that pleats DO NOT help us look thinner!

First make sure the pants are pulled up to your crotch where you want them. Int he picture from behind, the crotch appears to be low - but is it where you want it to be? If not, pulling the pant up and adjusting where the waist will be might take those few wrinkles in the back out. Then, check your circumference - are the pants the correct size around the waist, hips, etc. Is it just right? Or do you need to take anything in? I don't think you ned to let anything out! Looks like a woven, so no stretch?

After you are good with the crotch being in the right place and the your fit going around, then look for the drag lines to determine fixes. The drag lines "point to the problem." Often involves adjusting with a dart on your muslin/pattern before cutting your fabric. Right now in the back, I would say a horizontal dart pinching out a 1/2"-1" or so at CB and tapering to nothing at the sides below the pockets/above the crotch would take care of most of the wrinkles. A few of the longer ones look related to the back of your calf. Are your knees locked in the picture? I read an earlier post about how to compensate in this situation, but I haven't done it and don't recall! Sorry!

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Date: 2/8/14 9:08 AM

I would love to take the darts out, I'm just not sure how to do that. This is a pattern I drafted myself and has gone though many alterations, so maybe I just need to start over. The back crotch is to low and I know that was a major issue last year getting the crotch (front and back) in the right spot because everytime I adjusted it I ended up with wrinkles somewhere.

Since it really doesn't matter how I dress for work, I'm not going to worry to much about this pair. Maybe it's time to move on to a different pattern.

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Date: 2/8/14 11:04 AM

I was reading though my thread from last year and I think I figured it out. Last year I had scoop out the back crotch and lower the waist. Once I got everything were it needed to be I traced the pattern and worked from the new one. I must of used the original pattern for this years pants, because I remember having to adjust the waist again last year after I traced the changes.

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Date: 2/8/14 5:40 PM

Now, I think you've got it!

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Date: 4/8/14 10:23 AM

I have read through the posts and don't believe anyone has addressed the problem known as baggy butt. I have this problem and have yet to make a pair of woven pants that fit (not skin tight, mind you) attractively immediately south of the butt. Here is the area:


I have adjusted the crotch, pinched a dart (a la Peggy Sagers), and narrowed the width of the back leg. Nothing seems to help and frequently creates more problems. I'm not sure but I believe my own issue is due to thin legs that don't match my larger hips. When you are short (5'3"), fit in this area is pretty danged important.

If anyone has solved this dilemma, please share your wisdom!
(I will try to get a photo of my own BB posted today. Thank you, StitchyMama, for letting me use yours for now.)
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Date: 4/8/14 4:52 PM

Not sure if this will help you or not but one of the things Glenda suggested to me was to do a fisheye dart in the back leg. I haven't tried it yet.
Here's a video where she explains how to do this and why.

I never did take the time to fix this pattern, I just decided to move on to something else.

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Date: 4/8/14 7:41 PM

That's pretty much Peggy Sagers' strategy. It helps but not enough. Are you sewing other pants patterns with better luck? Any recommendations?

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