Pants are difficult to fit. Most men opt for comfort over looks. As long as a man’s pants feel comfortable, they look fine. But women are different. We not only want are pants to feel good, but they must look good; and the standard for both looking and feeling good are different from person to person.
I finished these by hemming, completing the waistband with closure and scooping the bottom of the crotch 1/4″. A final pressing and into the closet they went, until I was able to finish a coordinating top (to be shared tomorrow on sdBev.wordpress.com ).
I also walked the side seams and inseams and discovered that the pant front was 3/8″ longer than the pant back. I ripped the seams open, trimmed 3/8″ from the bottom of the front; pressed out the previous hem fold and created another one all before doing the previously mentioned finishing. As a result nearly all the side wrinkles are gone. I altered my tissue as well so that future shorts from this pattern, won’t have that particular issues.
I still need to add ease right at the bu-t. I’m debating on adding 1/4 or 1/2″ only to the back piece. At the same time, I think the back waist needs to be narrowed just a little more maybe 1/4″ (which would remove a total of 1/2″). I’m not sure, but think it would be easier to alter the waistband and then increase the depth of the darts. The pattern shows 2 back darts. One of which is no more than 1/8″ wide. I didn’t stitch it because that small amount is easier for me to ease.
Overall I’m pleased with this pair of shorts and plan to wear them for the remainder of summer. When you see tomorrows pictures you’ll understand that despite the still visible drag lines, when worn with a typical T-shirt none of problems are visible. These are good enough for this summer.