Pattern critique: Easy. I did view A. I would say a beginner should give this pattern a try, you get practice working with darts, zipper or buttons & cuffs. If you have fit issues with slim pants, you could practice fitting on these simple pants, as I did.
Fabric: Cotton/spandex sateen from Joann. $8.99 yd. This fabric is poor quality, but it's comfortable and I like the drape. The color bleeds & fades horribly after just a few washes. I did find some cute buttons in Joann's tho.
Modifications: My iron sucks so I didnt bother with creasing. I made a muslin of view C from (some poor & crappy) stretch denim about 2 years ago so I had an idea of what needed to be done fit-wise:
- The previous muslin I made was in a size 12, but I went up to a 14 so I could have some (modesty) ease in the leg and seat of these slim fitting pants. I should have left the waist at a 12 or at least between 12/14. My pants were stretched out in the waist and falling down by mid day. I think that was due to the fabric. I'm hoping these will shrink some in the wash. (didn't pre-wash this time)
- These are very low rise. Crack is wack so I added an inch to the front and back rise (there is a cutting line for this). It hit me right below the navel (this morning).
- When I added the inch to the rise I ended up with bagging in the front, I didnt find this out until the end. So I had to add front darts after the fact. This caused the waistband seam to have little ridges at the top tip of the dart because I already had the facing attached and the understitching done - I refused to rip it out. I'll have to trim the waist & facing down and add front dart markings to my pattern piece for the next go round.
- I added an extra button on each side of the waist to offset the goofy looking front darts. It's OK for these, but not for my next pair.
- I like a 32 inch inseam so I added 2 inches to the leg length (using the leg length cutting line)
Results: I will consider this a wearable muslin. since I made my new pattern mods I will try one more muslin of the mid thigh to waist area for fit perfection with some scrap fabric then go ahead and make this in a nice quality super dark blue stretch denim, I may recycle these buttons, unless I find some cuter ones :)
Thanks for the inspiration Christina!
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