I started a conversation re the “Perfectly Fit Pants” article in the new July issue in another sewing forum and it’s led to many comments and questions which I thought I’d share.
I’ve so far only sewn simple pants and have never tried to alter any to this point, but I was quite interested in the instructions given. I’m a beg-interm/inter-interm sewer, who does best when someone actually shows me what to do rather than me trying to read and interpret. The technical info provided in Threads’ articles is often very tantalizing but also quite difficult for me to follow–even with photos.
This time, I thought I was getting it until the very end when the article finished off by simply instruction the reader to, “adjust your pattern accordingly.” How?? I asked this in the other forum, “sewingworld.com,” under the “Patterns, fitting and alterations” section, and it spurred lots of comments (in case you want to jump over and check out the discussion).
Apparently, several members, much more advanced that I am, found the article to be confusing, and they also didn’t know how to transfer the altered markings over to the original pattern. I feel like I got ditched at the most crucial point–after you’ve tweaked the sample pants, how do you then go about marking the changes on your original pattern?
Do you originally baste your sample pant and then take it apart and lay it out flat on your pattern paper? I don’t think so since the last sentence says, “And be sure to store your test pants in a safe place; if you ever lose or gain weight, it will be ready to fit again.”
Maybe you lay the sample pants down and just draw a revised outline (like shorten the original layout)? But then, what do you do about revising dart placement?
I think the idea of altering from the waist down makes sense, but I feel like simply telling us to just adjust our pattern equals leaving many of us less advanced sewers in the lurch.
Forum members from Sewingworld suggested I jump to this forum, get some answers and report back to them. I’m glad they asked me to post this comment since I now found out about and joined this group. 🙂