I was excited about my first version of Louise Cuttings Ease Ageless Cool pants. I decided to immediately make a second version with the changes to the leg.
Apparently, I don’t really understand drafting. I thought the wider leg was created by taking the line and moving it outwards from a designated point, say the knee. If that’s true, I reasoned, I should be able to move the line starting at the knee and removing the 1.5″ I needed gone at the hem. I did so by darting out the excess just inside the sideseam of both from and back. I did not tamper with the inseam. The straight of grain remained in the same place. Then I made the next pair.
Wearing the new pair was good. Yes, really. Except that the front leg insisted on twisting towards the inseam. Like I said apparently, I don’t understand drafting. Still I thought I would convert the second pair to summer shorts and then try again on the leg. That is until I saw the pics:
These are clearly too tight as well as having the leg twist and insuffient crotch room and length. Apparently the difference in material, although both were wovens, tweaked the fit to too tight. I really should go for the Medium. Although the small might still be acceptable for knit pants, if I could fix the leg width. But I suspect that with the next larger size, I will be reducing ease, scooping or adjusting crotch and trying to remove even more width from the pant leg. Frankly, I’m thinking of just moving onto a different pant, especially considering the things I didn’t care for with the basic drafting. The weather has cooled too much for me to work on summer versions of anything. So these will go into “Time Out” for a few more weeks.