Trousers can be tricky, as we all know. Most of us have spent many frustrating trips to the fitting room in the stores to either leave empty handed, or with something not quite right, but ok for now. Fortunately, I have found a style/brand of store bought jeans that I love (and wear, pretty much exclusively in the colder months!). But when it come to trousers, I haven’t had much luck. This winter, I’ve been eyeing up the exciting patterned trousers appearing everywhere, and decided to take the plunge - with plaid.
Enter the plaid pants!
Last year I made a pair of skinny jeans with the help of Winifred Aldrich’s Metric Pattern Cutting for Women's Wear. They somehow didn't get a post of their own, but I was pretty happy with the fit. If you are at all interested in pattern drafting, I cannot recommend this book enough.
|Pockets for work keys!|
Here's a little figure analysis: Looong through the rise, low-ish bum, slim thighs, and, according to almost every pattern and rtw garment out there, larger than average waist. As I’m typing this, it sounds like I’m describing a rectangle! I do have curves in there somewhere, they are just not quite rtw trouser friendly. All this means is than my usual struggles in the trouser department involve a too short rise, and that by the time I size up to fit my hip-bones/waist, the bum & thighs are just a pool of excess fabric.
But no longer. When drafting to your own measurements, you are fitting your specific shape right of the bat. There will still be tweaking and adjusting, of course, but I find it easier to see where I'm going when I'm not struggling to add inches to the rise. All that chopping and changing drives me bonkers!
They are a bit more tapered than I was going for (partly due to having to adjust the grainline after I had cut them out - yikes!) and waistband is a bit high, even for me, but entirely wearable. I do not feel like they are going to slide off, and there is absolutely no danger of plumber bum, so that’s a win right there.
|Smooth back view!|
|Side view with slight model face.|