It’s been almost a year since I decided I wanted to try a pair of pants. I’m not going to lie to any pants-sewing virgins out there: fitting is frustrating. After – no lie – 3 weeks of fiddling with muslins, I believe I have a respectable fit. I present you with the final muslin (made from a random almost-one-yard scrap of black stretchy-wool):
The pattern is Burda 4-2011-116A, size 40:
The original straight size 40 had a lot of pulling at the crotch which I couldn’t solve even after playing around with the crotch and inseam. Finally, I tried the pin-fitting method in Pants for Real People; when the crotch was loose and un-pinned, the pulling disappeared. The pants did not feel tight in the low hip area at all, but alas they were, for as you can see from the photos above, the pulling disappeared after adding about 1/4 inch from the low to high hip.
So next up: I might try to bang out a few pair, assembly line-style. Palmer/Pletsch states that 2 pair of pants can be made in 4 hours. Them’s fighin words, don’t you think? (asewnwardrobe)