Week 2 of the Clover Pant Sew Along – Fitting Issues

Glad you are joining us for the Clover Pant Sew Along week 2!

Anyone who has tackled making pants knows first hand the difficulty lies in fitting. It will be most helpful to make a fitting sample of the Clover pant pattern first.

Now, let’s have Rhonda take it away!

When anyone thinks about making a pair of pants, the first thing that comes to mind is fitting issues. Oh, the dreaded fit! As I said last week, I was very happy with the Clover pant and found that I had very few fitting issues. One aspect of this pattern that makes it a little more fail safe is the fact that it has been designed for fabrics with some stretch.

photo 2 Week 2 of the Clover Pant Sew Along   Fitting IssuesTypically, we can achieve a fairly decent fit to the front of our pants, but the dreaded back is another issue. Even I hate taking a look! As you can see, I have a very round bum. Since I have been making pants since I was very young, I learned early on that I had an issue with the back of my pants not rising up enough at center back.

photo 10 Week 2 of the Clover Pant Sew Along   Fitting Issues The simple compensation for this is to raise the center back. I typically raise the center back about 1 ½” and then blend the line back to nothing at the side seam.

photo 11 Week 2 of the Clover Pant Sew Along   Fitting Issues A wonderful tool to have when adjusting a pant pattern is a pant sloper. I am currently doing a series on my blog about drafting a pant sloper. In the upcoming post, I will show you how to take your measurements. Once the measurements have been taken, we will then begin the drafting process. I invite you to join along. Drafting a pant sloper is something that I think you’ll enjoy and something that you will treasure once the sloper has been completed.

As you can see in the picture below, I used my sloper to help me determine the changes I might need to make in the crotch of my pants. My pant pattern has already been adjusted, but you can see that I added to the crotch and then blended the extended line into the inseam of the front leg.

photo 12 Week 2 of the Clover Pant Sew Along   Fitting Issues The final adjusted front leg.

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What I added to the front inseam was taken off of the back leg inseam and the crotch was adjusted.

photo 14 Week 2 of the Clover Pant Sew Along   Fitting Issues

 

In the picture below you can see that a little was added to the curve of the back crotch.

photo 15 Week 2 of the Clover Pant Sew Along   Fitting Issues

As you can see, my adjustments were minimal. I encourage you to make a muslin. Please use a fabric that has some stretch since the pattern was designed for stretch blend fabrics.

One last note, be sure to leave a little extra length to the leg of the pant so that you can adjust the length once you have your pants together. As I said last week, I left the entire length that was allowed for all sizes and this worked out well for me.

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Since it would be impossible for me to talk about every possible fit issue, I encourage you to take a look at the many pant fitting resources online. And, be sure to check out the video portion too.

http://youtu.be/lNc9WaY7rig

Next week we will start sewing the pant together. Be sure to post your pictures of any adjustments that you have made to the pattern as I am sure it will be a help to so many.

Rhonda Buss

Rhonda’s Creative Life

 

 Week 2 of the Clover Pant Sew Along   Fitting Issues

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