Wanting to tweak the fit of my Eleanor shorts, I made another pair. I did not mess with pockets. Even cut off the faux zipper that I always like. But remembering the issues of the previous pair I made a series of minor changes to the tissue:
- 1/2″ ease added front and back pieces
- 1/2″ wedge across leg top
- 3/4″ crotch scoop
- 1/4″ added at top of crotch
- shorten legs 1″
I picked another fabric and made sure it had the right amount of stretch. I went all the way back to the pattern directions. It shows 3″ stretched to 3-5/8″. That’s about 17% stretch. My fabric has 20% stretch.
I’ve always loved how quickly this pant sews together. So I put the waistband together. Set it aside. Stitched yoke to back leg and serge finished seams. Serge finished front seams. Stitch the crotches together. Pressed lightly and stopped in my tracks. To my shock the crotch had developed an incredibly high peak at the inseam:
I’m not bothered by a little nub. That folds over or trims off. This is about 1-1.5″ high. I got my curve and tried to elegantly join back to front crotch. That’s the purple line you see in the pic above. I trimmed it away and said Nuh Huh.
I had this incredibly long crotch (above).
I thought I may as well finish and try these on. If nothing else it would tell me if I’ve added sufficient ease and if the length is now proportional to my tops. I stitched the sides together. Hemmed the legs; added the waistband to the top of the legs. A poof of steam and then some pics.
I’m really socked that adding 2″ of ease didn’t take care of the fit issue; and stunned by the bubble along the yoke. Yoke was not touched. I add ease and it bubbles? I’m getting VPL and I think the front crotch needs a little reshaping. It’s just on the verge of camel toe. I’m rather stunned. I expected between the additional ease and crotch reshaping that it would be better than the previous:
Above Previous Pair of Eleanor Shorts.
The only things I’ve god right is the length and proportion:
Because I never wear my blouses tucked, my shorts are wearable around the house. It’s just that I was hoping to make shorts wearable in public.
I’m not sure what I will do next. I’m working with a copy of the pattern fit using Peggy Sagers procedure. Those pants fit when I made them but after wearing for a few months they developed X wrinkles in the back. It’s not just the Eleanors either. All my pants patterns (except TJ906 which fit without going through Peggy’s process) developed the X wrinkles after a few months of wear. I have no more 20% stretch fabrics in the ‘shorts stack’. I need shorts right now which means I’ll probably switch to 906 and make shorts. Which will give me time to think about the fitting problem.