Sunday, April 26, 2015


Going to participate in the Me Made May 2015. There was a link that was listed on the

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Minor crotch fix...

Ok...from what I feel the crotch needs to be moved up/shorten. I ripped out the waistband and zipper. I scooped out about an inch or so starting from the center back about an inch from the crotch and went up in the center front about 1.5". So when I looked and felt, it's the crotch that is too low. I've made changes to this tracing, but too beat to cut out. I want to make sure that I adjust the crotch before I cut the next tester. Geez, I've never said crotch so many times before. Thanks for looking. If you have any suggestions they will be appreciated. It looks lumpy on the sides, but I will wear my shaper and I will pull them up like Fred Sanford...

FAIL!!! and my big ideas. From my so called fixes for the pants pattern was a total failure...oh well.

I did cut out a new pattern with the following alterations. I lowered the center back and center front. I still need to do more. I did the Nancy Z pivot and slide method to add more room in the thigh...FAIL.

I seem to have problem with the Connie Crawford pattern line for pants. Seems like the side seams are really "bowed out" from the hip line to the knee. They remind you of clown pants. So with my pivot and slide and they way the pattern is made gave me a hideous look.

I was able to take off about 1.5” in that area. So that fixed the side seams in that area. But there was a hanging crotch issue that I had to deal with. The pivot and slide method gave me too much room in the thigh and added more room in the crotch. That made the front look flat, like a skirt. I took off 1-1/8” from the inseam in the front and back tapering about 5-6” down. That helped, but I still had this hanging crotch.

I will give this pattern one more chance. I will true the side seams. From looking at the pattern even without my alteration it was bowed out.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

My quest…pants that fit!!!

I am on a mission to sew a pair of pants that fit me. I’ve made them in the past but since my weight gain it’s been a bit harder to fit.

I own several books and DVDs on pattern fitting for pant, but never seriously read any of them. I also have pants drafting kits.

So I’ve decided to work on B6071 by Connie Crawford. I’ve used B5222, but quickly gave up.

Let me get started…I cut the 1X that is according to my hip measurements.

Alterations I made:
1. lowered the center back seam by 1”;
2. lowered the center front by 1”;
3. added 1” to length;
4. added 3” to the front at the thigh down to the knee.

I will do muslin for one side only to check for fit.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Here is McCall's 2111 that I am loving right now...

Here is an oldie, buy goody. I've made two already, one with a matching tank/cami. I am going to make about 5 more. I really love this! It's easy to throw on and go. We have a casual dress code now at work. So jeans and this and I am out the door.

My version is more fitted. I went with the stretch of the fabric and the printed finished measurements found on the pattern piece. I cut the size 20 and added to the hips. It has a fly-away feel when you get to the bottom. I don't know if that's a term, but it fits with what I am trying to say. Happy sewing...