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Pants Fitting with Anne St. Clair (Sewing Class Review)
Kansas, UNITED STATES
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Posted on: 5/28/10 2:01 PM
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Purpose of class:

To fit and sew up a pair of slim-fitting elastic waist pants, your choice of woven or stretch.

Time frame of class:
I think she usually does this in an evening, but I'm not sure since she was working with me one-on-one. Either contact her or look at her website.

Background:

I took Anne's bra-fitting/making class in 2006 in Houston, TX (did not review it) and discovered that she's an expert in fitting any garment. In fact, she has her own store in Wichita, KS and specializes in stretch fabrics and sewing, both knits and wovens. I was having a lot of trouble this year getting my fitted T-shirt pattern to fit right and lost a lot of weight and needed to make a suit by May 1 for a conference. I finally decided to quit trying to fit everything to myself and just get someone else to get the basic fit right, and then I'd make the style changes. It's just really hard to fit yourself by yourself, ya know?! Since I knew Anne knows how to fit everything and she teaches all of these classes at her store in Wichita, I made a trip there with my mom at the end of March 2010 to get everything fitted to me. This is the first thing we fitted.

What did we do?
I brought some pink flag chino (purchased at fabric.com for $1.95/yard!) for us to make the first pair of pants (in case it fit so poorly to start that it was a wadder). Anne just took my measurements, copied my crotch curve (using one of those bendable rulers), used her standard KS 2506 pants pattern (OOP), and developed my pattern. We cut it out and sewed it up using 1/4" seams and side-seam pockets (more like running pants), almost entirely on the serger.

First alterations:
1. Add about 1/2" at CB waist, tapering to zero at side seams (just added a scrap of material)

2. Shift pant legs inward to be more under the center of my body. Many thanks to Belinda because I read about this on her blog before my visit, so immediately recognized the diagonal pull lines in the back legs and what they meant! But Anne corrected it - yippeee!!!

3. Remove some width in front between crotch and inside leg because it was poochy there when I tried them on. All I had to do was point out problems, and Anne fixed it, both in the pants and on the pattern.

Result:
The first pair of pants that fit me correctly EVER!! And guess what? They're not a wadder!! This is the first time I've had a pair of pants where the crotch wasn't hanging down to about mid-thigh. Ugh. I'm 5' 11" tall, more legs than upper body, but I'm unbelievably short from my waist to crotch (smaller than the KS XS, in fact!).

Variations on pants:

1. Leggings
Anne helped me draft a leggings pattern for bottom-weight cotton knit, then my mom cut it out for me and sewed it up with the serger while Anne and I started on something else. Thanks, Mom!! These came out great, too. I bought some black, bottom-weight cotton knit from Anne, and these were immediately wearable and COMFY.

2. Trouser pants (for the suit, remember?)
There is only enough ease in the elastic-waist pants for you to take it back out with darts only, so these are very easily converted to pants with a waistband and pockets. Anne helped me draft these to the point where I could finish them at home. My mom later made three pairs out of some fabulous 100% silk charcoal suiting material I got last year on sale from Fashion Fabrics Club. I actually designed these with a back elastic waist and front waistband and a flat front. They fit so well that I felt like I was in my PJ's all day at the conference! FANTASTIC.

3. Shorts
Anne talked my mom and I through this on the phone afterward so that we could draft these based on the pants pattern. Then my mom sewed up a bunch of them for me while I was at my conference in May. Yay, Mom!! I sewed another pair after I got back.

Take home materials to duplicate success:
1. Anne's measurements and her detailed instructions for fitting/sewing the pants.

2. Completed patterns

3. At least one pair of completed pants

How can you get this class?
Anne gives this class at her store but also gives this at ASG groups and meetings around the country. She has this all posted on her website, given above. It's least expensive at her store, of course! Plus you have to see all of the wonderful fabrics, bra supplies, laces, etc., to believe it! I wanted to take all of her stuff home with me!! By the way, NAYY, just loved her help!! And I phone order from her all the time. I really encourage you to stop trying to fit the pants yourself and go see her. It's totally worth it!!
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no7262 said...
I am going to have to look this woman up. i know that my body is going to go through some big changes, it would be great if she came some close to here. Thanks for the great review! Nora :)
5/28/10 7:57 PM
nancy2001 said...
Sounds like a great class.
5/29/10 4:02 PM

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