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Date: 4/13/10 8:15 PM

My first muslin was a mess, so I started over, this time marking stitching lines and really paying attention when I sewed the pants together.

I cut a size 22. I made a 1" tuck on on the shorten/lengthen line just above the crotch line and a 2" tuck on the shorten/legthen line on the leg.
there is about 3" of fabric above my waist line.

I have not searched any postings about fitting pants yet. thought I would post my pictures then start searching for the fitting information.

Before I put the elastic around my waist the pants hung much better.





-- Edited on 4/13/10 8:26 PM --

Length is good.
Back crotch feels OK.
Front crotch has to much fabric.
I wonder if the side seam is in the right place on my body?
since I cut a size 22, which was for the waist, I didn't curve in at size 18 for my hip, which I should have done.
When I do that it might take care of the extra fabric at the crotch and the drag lines on the sides.

-- Edited on 4/13/10 8:39 PM --

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Date: 4/14/10 8:56 AM

Your back crotch is too tight. You need to let the inseam out at the back. FFRP says to get rid of those diagonal lines at the hip, you need to pull the side down. I'd like to know if that works!

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Date: 4/15/10 10:37 PM

I knew fitting pants was going to be a struggle and it is. I am on muslin #3. After muslin #2 I figured out that I needed to shorten the shorten/lengthen line some more. to get the waist more in line with where my waist is.
Then I cut out muslin #3. I spent the evening tweaking this version. Center back waist had to come down about 1/2". Waist at the sides is lower than at center back. My waist really tilts down in the front. I did get ride of the drag lines on the back. Still have to much fabric at the front of the crotch.
The best thing I did today is order the P&P pants fitting book.
This process is not fun.
While I was ripping out the side seams for what felt like the hundredth time, I dreamed about going to a seamstress and letting her fine tune the fit for me.
Wonder what it would cost??????

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Date: 4/15/10 11:07 PM

Ada, you are doing really well. I also want to say fantastic photos! It's photos like these that make helping someone easier.

As you have ordered Pants for Real People I'll try to help by referring to this book. Here's my two cents/opinion.

You have taken care of the length so next is the back. You appear to have baggies in the back due to a low derierre. Therefore I will refer you to page 31 of PFRP when it arrives. In particular steps 1 and 2b. Also have a look at page 31, full tummy and flat derriere.

Sorry this is brief but I think you'll have a better understanding by reading the book which has lots of diagrams, rather than me trying to explain in words. HTH

Edited to add: The pages I referred you to talk about tissue fitting. Forget tissue fitting and instead alter your actual fabric/muslin.

-- Edited on 4/15/10 11:09 PM --

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Date: 4/16/10 5:41 PM

Pants for Real People book came today. I started reading it right away. I need another pair of hands to help pinch out the baggieness. Center front waist is shorter, by a lot, than center back waist.
More reading then after dinner back to fitting. I am close enough now that I will not have to cut out another muslin. Will post more pictures. after the next tweaking session.

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Date: 4/17/10 10:38 AM

This is exciting. I have some of the same fitting issues you have and can't wait to see how you tame them...I look forward to your next round of pictures.

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Date: 4/17/10 4:35 PM

Hi Ada,
You have quite a few things going on in your pants. I have made a video that will show you step by step how to fix your wrinkles you have, you could also look at other photo's of people who have used the video's successfully.

This video will walk you through each step, from the time you take the pattern out of the envelope, up to the completed pants.

I am a Palmer Pletsch Certified Instructor and I love to help people fit their own clothing.

pants fitting video

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If you need any assistance visit my website, (http://perfectsewandfit.com/) I’ll try my utmost best to see how I can help you achieve that perfect fit.

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Date: 4/17/10 5:57 PM

Cool, you have a forum. I saw the ref to the video in the Pants:Share your experience>Pant Fit & Sew thread, but is for public viewing or...? <:)

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Date: 4/18/10 9:17 AM

Quote: Sew4Fun
You appear to have baggies in the back due to a low derierre.

Or having your pants pulled up too high. Try lowering the pants a little and see what happens to the back. It's easier to add some vertical length in the hip area if you need it than it is to mess with the crotch.

In the side view it looks like the pants are being pulled forward and up by where you have the center front placed on your tummy. Remember that pants patterns that we buy are drafted for a standard figure that has a flat tummy and in real life most of us have a bit of fullness there and we need to adjust the pattern to accommodate.

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Date: 4/19/10 4:31 PM

thanks Patricia, I will check out you video.
My friend, Mary, came over on Saturday and tried to help me. It became very clear that the back was not going to fit no matter what we did. I had taken the full flat derriere adjustment and that was a mistake. Somewhere along the line, since the last time I sewed pants, I have grown a butt and now need that fabric in the back.
I will cut out another pants back, look at Patricia's video and try again.
I am very greatful for JoAnn's $1.29 muslin sale and that I was smart enough to buy a bolt of the stuff.
-- Edited on 4/19/10 9:48 PM --

here is the picture from Saturday.
-- Edited on 4/19/10 9:50 PM --

When I pulled the back of the pants up by the center back then the drag lines would go away, however then the crotch would pull in towards my body. I also scooped out a bigger curve, but that didn't help either. at this point I figured it would be best to cut out another muslin back and try again this time without the flat back adjustment. If I need a little flat back adjustment I can always take in the muslin a little at a time.
-- Edited on 4/19/10 10:45 PM --

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