Pants: To Crease or Not To Crease? …
I love to watch the TV fashion shows (Style with Else Klensch, Video Fashion, and Fashion File). I have noticed that some hate couture pants no longer have the traditional creases down the front. I know that the pajamas-type pants are usually made without creases, but the styles that I am seeing are the more traditional pants. Does anyone have any criteria/opinions as to how to decide when to crease or not?
I don't really think there is a definite rule about creases in pants - only the personal preference of the wearer. It used to be said that tailored pants required creases, whereas softer (e.g. pyjama) or casual (e.g. jeans) did not get a crease. I've seen designers and manufacturers doing everything this year.
There are no hard-and-fast rules on length either. Fashion suggests that this year's length is from anywhere below the knee to an inch above the ankle (to balance shorter blouse sleeve lengths), but I suspect we'll see a lot of those being made into shorts next summer.
When I do custom pant-making for a client, I make a recommendation on what I believe looks flattering on them, then I back off and let them make up their own mind. Then I make a note of their preference on their measurement sheet and keep it on file for next project. The next time I make that type of garment for them, I ask if they still prefer that style, or whether they would like to try something new.
*Thanks, Karen. When I started noticing the difference in creases, I thought perhaps I had missed some "rule".If anyone else has an opinion or a reference on this issue, I'd appreciation hearing your feedback as well.
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