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Draft Your Own Pattern for Pants that Fit

Threads magazine - 134 – Dec. 2007/Jan. 2008
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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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  1. kd1357 March 22nd

    I'm loving this Threads insider!!!

  2. tess9231 March 24th

    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!!!!!

  3. centimetara March 26th

    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!

  4. Miss_Maggie May 4th

    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!

  5. jfergy12 May 9th

    Does this have any ease?

  6. user-2336402 July 10th

    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?

  7. user-2336402 July 10th

    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.

  8. CruiseEnvy October 21st

    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?

  9. user-4230312 January 25th

    I sure wish someone would answer the ease questions!

  10. Beth_Marie March 15th

    What size large and small right angle triangle rulers do you use? Also, where is a good place to buy them from?

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