I made a test garment for a pair of pants yesterday. It was a Sandy Betzina (Vogue 7179) and had very detailed instructions (I really liked the pattern and feel like I want to make multiple pairs of this style of pants for work.) However, the pattern alteration instructions focussed more on making the pattern bigger. I needed to make the waist smaller. Being new to sewing I was scared of permanently messing up my pattern and went ahead and made the pants up to a certain point; then I tucked in the side seams. (I did this knowing that the princess seams were in there so you could make more subtle changes. But I got confused because a previous step had me sewing a narrow strip of selvage across the waistline and it seemed involved to pull that out. Should I have?) It looks okay to the casual observer, but I know where those tucks are and see them when I look at the pants. (I guess that’s why I made my first pair from bargain fabric from Wal-Mart.) So here are my questions:
1. If the pattern fits me at a larger size for the hips and at a smaller size for the waist, what’s the most subtle way of changing the pattern so that there’s not an abrupt change in the seams as there are in my current pair of pants? (e.g. pattern with 8-10-12 sizing)
2. What would you guys have done?
3. I keep reading about slopers in the magazine and on this forum. What are they and how do I get/make/use one?
Also, I do want to make these pants in nicer fabric than I made my test pants out of. I noticed in the Power Sewing book that she made this pattern out of Silk Duponi (sp?) and the pattern envelope says gabardine, novelty stretch wovens and denim. What are the rules for knowing when you can do a fabric that’s not recommended on the pattern envelope?
Everyone on this forum is always very helpful. I’m looking forward to reading what you have to say.