I am moving along at a snail’s pace with my pants drafting project. I made three muslins and compared my pattern to several commercial patterns to get a better feel for the what and why of shapes and lines in trousers. I have looked at my rear view in the mirror more than is humanly tolerable and all other views possible. Checkig the fit is what is keeping the process slow, it is mind warping to fit oneself. (I’m going to confess…I like sewing for others better than for myself.)
Anyway, I made a test pair out of some black drapey stuff from my stash and I like them enought that I think I am going to go ahead and finish them. I want to line them and I am wondering about the various methods of cutting and making the lining. Classic Tailoring Techniques makes the lining with a one inch longer waist and gathers the fabric rather than darts it. Seems like a lot of wadded fabric somehow. ??? Connie Long in Easy Guide to Sewing Linings only raises the crotch curve a tad but does not give any extra in the side seams which classic does. Any thoughts on this? Any favorite pants lining methods out there?
I don’t own any lined pants to compare with and don’t even have an old pattern with lining to look at either. My career wardrobe is gym wear! And dress up used to be ballroom dancing stuff. I have trouser ignorance, I need some help!