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Adventures With Flat-Bottom Flo Part 2

Style Arc Flat-Bottom Flo Pant Cover Art
Style Arc Flat-Bottom Flo Pant Cover Art
Flat-Bottom Flo Front Alterations
I pinched out 1.5″ from the front crotch on the front pattern piece, and added 1.5″ to the front side seam.
Flat-Bottom Flo Back Alteration
I ended up pulling up the yoke at the side back in my first pair of Flo’s, so I took a wedge out of the paper pattern at the lengthen/shorten line.
Flat-Bottom Flo vs. Jalie Eleanore
Comparing Flo to Jalie’s Eleanore pattern. The blue oval is the amount of belly and butt that will fit in Eleanore. The red is the amount of belly and butt that will fit in Flo.

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!

Front-Pattern-Piece Changes

 

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?

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