I cut and basted the pants together and tried them on. Well not an out-of-the-envelope winner, but maybe I can work with this. I did take pics of the out-of-the-envelope version but knew immediately the front crotch and the side lengths needed to be adjusted. OK I knew that when I cut the fabric, but it was pretty obvious now. I pinned out the exces then offset the waistband 2″ lower in front, 1.5″ at the sides and 1/4″ at center back. Wore them for a few seconds then took the following FIT 01 PICs
Sides: not bad. Room for improvement but not ad
The left side may look a little small but I have an issue on the back you’ll see next. Both right and left look like there could be exces ease over the back thigh. The leg is a little long for a jogger. I’m guessing when I add the leg band, it will blouse and thereby shorten but I think for a jogger I’m going to need to take a few more inches off the length.
IDK how, but I didn’t get the back smooth under the waistband. I guestimated as I stitched the off-set WB and that may have made the issue. I think the solution is going to be take the WB off recut the top of the pant and then stitch the WB back in place. I’m reluctant to cut anything ATM because I think the back crotch needs to be shortened but I am not absolutely, dead-certain about any of my alterations. . When I take pics again, I will pull those sides down just to be sure that isn’t the issue with the back of thigh wrinkles .
On me, pant fronts usually look perfect without any alterations beyond crotch length, so when I see this, I’m a bit stunned. I think it is saying no matter what the back is doing, the tummy in front needs a tad bit more room even in this 50% stretch fabric. I’ve encountered those Venus lines before. At the time and to my surprise, they indicated that the front fork was too long. So maybe try stitching the front inseam a little deeper.
- Shorten back crotch 3.4″
- Pull sides down for pics
- Let front side seam out across tummy.
- Increase inseam depth on fronts.
which brings us to FIT 02
My first thought: “how do you make a series of changes without having any effect?” Well there is some minor improvement. I added 1″ ease across the tummy and that area is now much smoother. But taking in the front inseams didn’t improve the Venus lines. The issues that were there are basically still there.
One interesting side note: Pulling down the side seams once again smooths out some wrinkles under the bum, but it looks kind of roomy in the back leg.
Pic on right has side seams pulled down.
I want to pull the side seams up because that’s where they feel comfortable; secure. Otherwise I feel like they are falling down.
Also, see those little dimples down the left side? They are from the side seam being pulled down. To smooth them out, I have to pull the side seam up. I wonder what to do? Further shortening of the side seams makes them too short and they pull down on their own. Which causes me to grab and pull them up and create the diagonals on the back thigh. Making the side seams longer and I have the dimples and divots not just on the side seams, also occur front and back.
Sigh, I have a long way to go to fit this pattern. Am I up to it?