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Draft Your Own Pattern for Pants that Fit

Photo: Sloan Howard

Nothing flatters like a good fit. You can take the guesswork out of fitting pants by custom drafting your own pattern from the start with this article by Claudette Grant . It sounds complicated, but with a few simple measurements, a ruler, pattern paper, a pencil, and her map, it's as easy as working a crossword puzzle.

It doesn't take artistic or sewing skill to make a perfect pattern. You just draw a line, and along it, mark points that correspond to your body measurements; then square the lines. (Squaring means drawing a line at 90 degrees to the line containing a referenced point.) Just follow these steps until you have the pattern you've been looking for. It all starts with good measurements.

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Comments (9)

user-4230312 user-4230312 writes: I sure wish someone would answer the ease questions!
Posted: 8:18 am on January 25th

CruiseEnvy CruiseEnvy writes: I know it's been more than a year since this tutorial was posted, but I too -- would like to know about ease. Where do we find help on where and how much to add?
Posted: 6:46 pm on October 21st

user-2336402 user-2336402 writes: An update on my comment below.

I spoke with Claudette and she was very sweet and helpful.

2b is simply a 45 degree right-angle that joins point 8b to line 2 - this becomes 2b.

She teaches using tape measurements in her classes. It isn't easy to translate this technique to an article for the masses.
Posted: 3:52 pm on July 10th

user-2336402 user-2336402 writes: Okay, I saw this and fired up Adobe Illustrator to follow along. When I arrived at section D and it mentions point 2b - yet it isn't defined anywhere in the article before this point.

I thought I may have overlooked it in the text, so I used the search feature in Acrobat and the first instance is in section D and it reads: "Find the center point between 2b and 8, and mark it 2C." Yet, I have no 2b point on my drawing.

Am I missing something?

I also found the same issue with the article in the Best Fitting Magazine, which I bought for this article alone.

Can somebody at Threads Magaine please address this issue?
Posted: 3:30 pm on July 10th

jfergy12 jfergy12 writes: Does this have any ease?
Posted: 3:31 pm on May 9th

Miss_Maggie Miss_Maggie writes: Step "F" is not very clear. Maybe put a label on that measurement too. Just like all the rest! Additionally these directions are different from the same article in The Best of Threads Fitting.
Could you clarify step F please!
Posted: 3:42 pm on May 4th

Centime_Tara Centime_Tara writes: Wow! I loved geometry in school, and now I know why. I've struggled to get perfect-fitting pants for years. I can't wait to try this. I own the Threads archive on CD, but this is a fresher, more exciting way to revisit the articles. Thank you!
Posted: 2:43 pm on March 26th

tess9231 tess9231 writes: I'm loving the threads insider, I am a visual person and I can see how thing go together, instead of reading about it, and wondering where or how they got it together.... Thanks!!!!!
Posted: 1:32 pm on March 24th

kd1357 kd1357 writes: I'm loving this Threads insider!!!
Posted: 10:08 pm on March 22nd

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