Welcome to Flat-Bottom Flo, Part II. Based on the alterations I made to the fabric of my first pair of Flat-Bottom Flo pants, I made a few changes to the paper pattern. I also compared the StyleArc Flo crotch-curve to the crotch curve on the Jalie Eleonore Pants. Note: We don’t sell StyleArc patterns, but they are awesome!
In my first pair of Flat-Bottom Flo pants, I had a lot of extra fabric in the front belly area, so I shortened the crotch by 1.5″ along the lengthen/shorten line. The side seam also twisted toward the front in my first pair, so I added 1.5″ of “just in case” width to the pattern piece. I have large calves and kinda strong thighs, so there might not have been enough fabric in the front to cover them. I will likely take the width away from the back leg, but I can do that in the fabric. Always, my main concern is to have enough fabric!
I Think My Bottom is Flatter than Flo’s!
In my first pair of Flat-Bottom Flo pants, the derriere looked good, but the fabric was wrinkling behind my knees (a common issue for me). I ended up pulling the yoke up into the waistband at the side seam in the back. To replicate the pulling up of the yoke, I took a wedge out of the butt area that was 1.5″ at the side seam and zero at the crotch seam.
What Makes Flo a Flat-Bottom Pattern?
A pattern for a flat bottom is different than a pattern for an average bottom because the crotch curve is straighter. In the photo above, the ovals show the amount of space there is for a body in the crotch area. Since the back crotch is more curved in the Jalie, there is more room for a booty.
Pants are hard to fit. Finding a pants sloper that fits pretty well is one key to success. For me, a flat-bottomed sloper is a good place to start. What have you struggled with when making pants?