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Pants Patterns Compared | Video

Fit instructor Sarah Veblen explains how to evaluate a pants pattern, and what features to look for when choosing a pattern to fit.

Jun 28, 2018

Many women find it difficult to fit pants for a flattering, comfortable look. In this video series, fit expert Sarah Veblen shares her method for fitting a slacks-style test garment, which can then be used as a master pattern for nearly any pants style you prefer. Sarah explains the benefits of her method, shows how to select an appropriate pattern shape and style to fit, and how to choose the right starting size. She then demonstrates the fitting process on two models with different body types, so you’ll see her address some of the most common fitting issues. Finally, Sarah offers a special tip for fitting the back crotch curve, one of the trickiest areas on pants to resolve. You’ll learn how to evaluate fit based on grainlines and horizontal balance lines, how to pin or release fabric for a customized fit, and how to transfer these changes from the test garment, or muslin, to the pattern.  

Fit instructor Sarah Veblen explains how to evaluate a pants pattern, and what features to look for when choosing a pattern to fit. Through a comparison of several pattern brands and styles, she shows how different the crotch curves can be. This area of the pattern is one of the most difficult to fit, so starting with a pattern that has a long, J-shaped back crotch curve can facilitate the process of getting a properly fitted pair of pants. Other videos in this series: Introduction to Pants Fitting | Video Pants Fitting, Example 1 | Video Pants Fitting, Example 2 | Video Choose the Best Size for Fitting a Muslin | Video A Tip for Fitting the Back Crotch Curve | Video

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Many women find it difficult to fit pants for a flattering, comfortable look. In this video series, fit expert Sarah Veblen shares her method for fitting a slacks-style test garment, which can then be used as a master pattern for nearly any pants style you prefer. Sarah explains the benefits of her method, shows how to select an appropriate pattern shape and style to fit, and how to choose the right starting size. She then…

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  1. CarolFresia August 12th

    Hi, Barbara,
    You can purchase the Eureka pattern at SarahVeblen.com, or through FitforArtPatterns.com.
    Carol Fresia
    Threads Senior Technical Editor

  2. User avater Barbara_T August 5th

    Thank you for more information on the most difficult garment to fit! I don’t see information about where to purchase the Eureka pattern, did I overlook it?

  3. CarolFresia July 26th

    This is an excellent question. The best way to use your fitted Eureka pattern (or any other pattern that you fit following the method shown in this video series) is to put it to work as a master pattern. You can restyle the fitted slacks pattern into a wide range of pants designs.
    My suggestion is to examine the pants style you want to make, and adapt the Eureka to reflect its features. Widen or narrow the leg, raise or lower the waistband, add pockets, a fly-front zipper, etc. etc., and make a test garment in muslin.
    Some pants styles might require a slight change in the crotch extension length. The Eureka is a slacks style and therefore doesn't cup under the derriere, the way many contemporary pants, including jeans, are designed to do. In this case, experiment with slightly shortening the extension at the inseam end, until you get the fit and look you want.
    Carol Fresia, Threads Senior Technical Editor

  4. user-1109384 July 24th

    Once I have fit the Eureka Pants Pattern, how do I use that information (comparing crotch seam lengths, front, back pattern pieces, etc.) to fit an entirely different pant. Is it possible to lay Eureka pattern on top of different one and extend back crotch length, for instance, and get good results?
    Thanks!

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