School has started and I’m trying to wrap up my summer sewing here on the blog – while being predicatably overwhelmed the first week of school! So, let’s have a quick look at that same pair of olive trousers I posted in late August, shall we?
Pictures with green and brown tank show the original pants; the shots with the blue floral tank are after some crotch adjustments!
As a reminder, these are the Closet Case Sasha trousers, with a straightened side seam. I’m aiming for a nice smooth fit with minimal wrinkles… but I’m also absolutely fine with wear these as is. That said, I’m game for easy improvements!
In the past 6 years of making similar pants, I’ve tried all the classic adjustments: adding to the inner thigh, knock knee adjustments, full calf adjustment, and scooping the crotch. none of those touched the majority of my wrinkle problems, so i was looking for something new!
After my first post, Dogwood Denim suggested that I have a low seat, and I need to angle the crotch down. I checked the shape of my crotch curve with tin foil, and I think she is absolutely right! The striped black and white fabric marks the midpoint – can you see how after that my curve continues to angle downwards?
Keep to check this theory, I angled down the curve on my pants about an inch…
… and let’s be honest, they look almost the same! They *feel* different though – the first time I pulled them on, I realised immediately that there was no tight seam trying to give me a wedgie! I’d never been aware of that feeling before, but I could tell when it changed. I think the wrinkles are slightly better in the blue-shirt pictures taken after the adjustments, but next time I sew this pattern I’ll make the adjustment even more deeply, and see how that goes! I’ll add some width to the upper thigh, too.
In other news, I made a quick pair of blue Jenny shorts because the weather was so dang hot. In solid fabric it’s clear that I could take in the side seams a good inch to get rid of some extra fabric – I guess the leopard print on my last pair literally camouflaged that!
Here’s the thing – I have a very short attention span with fitting. If clothes are wearable, comfy and cute, I will wear them. Everything I make could be slightly better, but once the garment leaves the sewing room, I just don’t care!
So, if you’ve been thinking of making pants, or any other item with a reputation for being hard to fit… just make them! With that in mind, I’ve sewn my husband some very imperfect shorts and pants recently, and he likes them better than RTW, so I’m thrilled!