Usually, I don't make a toile (muslin) unless it is a fitted jacket or a particularly complicated design - I go straight to fabric, cut large, sew or tack (baste), try on, pin out the extra, re-sew and cut off the excess. Done! This means however, that every time I make something I have to go through the whole rigamarole again. I am resigned to the fact that when I make trousers (pants) this is my tried and tested procedure for perfect fit.
The fit of the boyfriend jeans was so far out that I thought it was time to act like a grown-up and do it right. Take it from one who has learned from her own mistakes......If you intend to make a lot of jeans or trousers, whether it's this pattern or not, this is time well spent. Gosh I sound like a proper adult! Now listen children.......
As usual, I cut a 14 in the intended fabric, a pin stripe denim. Made up as per the instructions - which I will tell you to change in a future post - tried on and pinned out all the extra fabric, cut off and sewed again, only this time I collected all the cut off bits and placed them on top of the original paper pattern pieces.
I shaded in the difference. Just look at what I cut off the back - how uneven it is, especially at the point of the crotch. The front is not too bad, more of an even 'taking in' but again the point of the crotch is waaay too deep for my shape.
I also had to remove about 2" from the yoke and waistband at centre back to avoid gaping when sitting and to adjust for my big bum (sway back I believe is the euphemism).
The boyfriend jean style has front and back legs cut with a straight edge on the outside seams - which makes for easy positioning on the fabric as you don't have to measure straight of grains, just place the seam allowance on the selvedge. This straight edge creates the relaxed look of the jeans as opposed to girly jeans that are all curvy to fit bum, hips and thighs. (I had to research this BTW, you'd think I knew what I was talking about here). I kept this straight line as my basis for fitting, so all alterations were made in the centre back seam and the crotch line.
I had a piece of black cotton in the stash and as I don't wear black, I could make use of it for this fitting exercise and not feel guilty about keeping it in the fabric box without a use.
OK OK stashes have their purposes.
I tried my best to lighten these pics so that you can see the different fits.
Loose bum fit
New front and back pattern pieces - perfect bum fit.
You don't have to go all the way making full length trousers at this point - shorts will do. Just as long as you get below the crotch. With this new bum pattern I am now free to change the leg style too - I can add curves for thighs and boot-cut style if I want. If you can read the above writing, to get a looser fit I just cut wider on the outside straight edge, anything from 0.5cm and I have tested up to 2cm (1").
Does anyone who knows about these things see a problem here?
Can it really be that easy that I just cut a little wider at the edges for a looser fit?
My intention from now on is to place my perfect bum pattern on top of the actual pattern piece and grade into the leg so that I can have different leg lengths and styles using this home-made method.
My first bum pattern is actually quite fitted, which I thought I'd keep for future use, so I figured out a new jeans style called - Loose Bum Style! This, I think, is the Boyfriend look. See the picture - to get a looser fit, lose some fabric. It's counterintuitive (I've been waiting ages to get that word in a post), but it works. Cut away more fabric for a bigger size.
So the black cotton stash is now used up. I have one new jeans front pattern piece and two new jeans backs and from these two pieces I can make at least three different fits with endless leg variations.
Cutting out the pockets for the Hot Patterns pattern
Hope this helps. Thanks for reading. Ruth