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Message Board > Fitting Woes > Pants that FIT!!! ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Pants that FIT!!!
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Date: 5/7/12 10:44 PM

Okay, I've made 5 pairs of pants in the last 2 weeks. The first two pair I pulled the zippers back out and threw them away. Made changes to pattern and tried again. The third pair is still sitting here, but not hemmed, traced pattern and tweaked. Fourth pair, bought fabric Saturday, washed it, sewed them and WORE THEM OUT OF THE HOUSE by Sunday afternoon. Hmmm, the legs don't hang straight, re-trace pattern and realign legs. Fifth pair, started last night (went to bed at 2:30am) finished just now - and they fit! And the little pinstripes are all hanging straight, all the way down my leg. Making just one tiny tweak to the pattern. WHOO HOO!

I have struggled with pants fitting for years, but I've never been happy enough with my results to cut into good fabric. And I've not felt confident that my fitting was good enough for public wear. (Which is a little silly, RTW pants don't ever fit me very well....) I Glad Wrap copied this pair from a Suit Studio pair of slacks that are my best fitting pair. I've slimmed the legs to make a more casual fit, making the legs wider is easy.

I'm sure DH is tired of analyzing the wrinkles on my rearand now I must maintain my weight and shape FOREVER

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Date: 5/7/12 11:04 PM

Yay!!! Well done!! Pictures?

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Date: 5/7/12 11:09 PM

It is so worthwhile to get this right. You now have a base that you can use over and over. It is so satisfying. Good girl!!!!

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Date: 5/7/12 11:43 PM

I need to trace a white pinstipe on the side with a washable marker and take pictures. I love the idea of striped capri pants, but I think the distortion of the stripe over the hips would just scream....baby got back!

Have to get pics tomorrow in the daylight.

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Date: 5/7/12 11:53 PM

congratulations! ... and really? only 5 pairs? that's awesome! I keep making pants, I'm up to umpteen something by now, I'm sure, and still am not happy with the legs. I don't have an RTW that I like enough to copy, either. But hoping that soon I'm going to join you in the happy pants parade!

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Date: 5/8/12 0:01 AM

Way to go Amy-may. I have had a TNT pants pattern for about a year now. It is so nice to know that I can make pants whenever I want.

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Date: 5/8/12 0:11 AM

Oh, only 5 pairs this go around! After 3 or 4 pairs....on a semi-annual attempt, I generally give up. Every spring, I figure I can surely whip up some capri pants. But, then they don't fit quite right... I got shorts to look nice one year, but when I lengthened the leg it all fell apart. The grainlines were all wonky and the legs wouldn't hang straight.

And every fall I think I can surely figure this out and I try some more. But it's always been a fail - and I just wear ill-fitting RTW jeans and give up.

I figured out several things working on Jalie jeans this winter, some of which transfered to slacks. But, it's one thing to wear snug jeans that are using that lycra content. Not a good look to be using the stretch in slacks!

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Date: 5/8/12 10:05 AM

Thank you for the inspiration to keep trying! I am knee-deep (ha ha) in pants fitting these days also. A TNT would be heaven.

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Date: 5/8/12 10:35 AM

How do you Glad Wrap? Lay the wrap over a pair that fits well and trace? Very clever!

Schammy, you mentioned on another thread the fit issues you were having. I hope you've made progress since!

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Date: 5/8/12 10:41 AM

Good for you! I went through the same thing in the fall. When I was younger I could just pick a pattern and sew it up. I had at least 5 wadders but I think I now have a pattern that will work too. I went through the same thing. What worked for me was adding alot (4" ) to the crotch extension along with a wedge in the front to compensate for my middle age middle I have going on. The last pair had the grain off just a tad too.
Now you will never have to buy another pair of ill fitting RWT pants unless you want to!

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