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Message Board > Fitting Woes > Can anyone help me with fitting pants? ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 7/11/13 2:21 PM

I may never get pants to fit right. I finally got a decent fit around the waist, but I have all these awful butt wrinkles! What should I do to solve that?

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Date: 7/12/13 1:09 AM

Back crotch curve needs lowering. Crotch length most likely needs to be longer. Start with those.

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Date: 7/12/13 3:38 AM

I agree

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Date: 7/12/13 8:56 AM

I am the farthest thing from an expert... I think the conventional wisdom is to fit the tough areas first - which isn't the waist. Get the hip/crotch area to a good fit and then you can alter the waistband to get it to fit the rest of the pant.

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Date: 7/12/13 9:58 AM

While I don't subscribe to everything Peggy Sagers says, she does a good job at demonstrating how to "read" wrinkles. Her webinar-type videos are free on her Silhouette patterns website.

Just wondering...did you begin with a muslin?

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Date: 7/12/13 1:35 PM

I agree with others that the back crotch is too short (been there done that and it isn't at all comfortable!) The easiest thing to do is cut apart a pair of old pants that fit you. Trace the pieces onto freezer paper for a sloper (no seam allowances) or block (with seam allowances), whichever you prefer. Then use that "pattern" to lay on top of your purchased pattern to make alterations. It really works!

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Date: 7/12/13 5:37 PM

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I am the farthest thing from an expert... I think the conventional wisdom is to fit the tough areas first - which isn't the waist. Get the hip/crotch area to a good fit and then you can alter the waistband to get it to fit the rest of the pant.

I agree with MrsCharisma, have the hip and crotch area fit before finishing the waistband. It looks like these pants are sitting too high in the back causing the wrinkles and near wedgie. Perhaps try pulling them down a bit and see how it looks?

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Date: 7/12/13 10:58 PM

I think I'm the lone dissenter here in regard to what to tackle first.

I'm seeing fit issues with wrinkles at the upper side seams, what appears to be excess width at the CB above the hip line with a tiny bubble of fabric. I'm not sure if it's a stance or what, but I'd cut out the pants from the waist to the hipline (no crotch) with horizontal and vertical guidelines drawn on the muslin in the flat stage before assembling. Get that fitting snug and beautiful with the waistband on from waist to hipline. THEN tackle what's below the hipline like the crotch curve, inseam, etc.

Shannon Gifford was big on a skirt template and a shoulder template, and I've always followed those guidelines with good success. As in everything hangs from the shoulders for tops, dresses, and such, and hangs from the waist for skirts and pants.

There's a great amount of stress overload when looking at everything at once. I do agree with everyone else that there are crotch curve needs to be longer and maybe some inseam tweaking, but I'm seeing issues above the hipline that I'd address first before ever tackling what is below.

It's actually pretty easy to make fit issues "disappear" if you have enough horizontal and vertical guidelines on the fabric as a reference.

I realize the pants are already made though. So imo, I'd address those side seam wrinkles first. The back pockets appear to be masking a full, high hip. Once that is fixed, the poofs of fabric at the CB might be relaxed enough to flatten out. Believe me, I'd love to smoosh your fabric into place lol. I actually love pants fitting. My daughter has a backside much like yours. Her jeans took a lot of tweaking to get them just right.

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Date: 7/13/13 9:25 AM

This looks like it was a pattern for low rise pants and you have them pulled up too far, hence the pulling.
You mentioned finally fitting in the waist, however I don't think this pattern was meant to be worn at the waistline. What pattern is this please?
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Date: 7/13/13 10:44 AM

Thanks for all the advice. I have never made pants that fit, I usually end up with lots of gaping at the back waist, even if the front is a good fit. I made this pattern before, and had the gaping waist issue, so this time I added darts and added fabric to the side seams. That solved the gaping issue, but now I have the wedgie problem. Every pair of pants I have ever tried to make have the gaping at the back waist, and I may just give up trying! I'm pretty good at making tops that that fit me.

This is a low waisted pattern. It is Simplicity 3850

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