StyleArc Flat-Bottom Flo Pants: Starting Over
Because fitting pants is complex, I started over with my StyleArc Flat-Bottom Flo Pants. I bought a new paper pattern from StyleArc, and I sewed a new muslin. Then I raised the waistband one inch (for muffin-top coverage) and sewed another muslin. Based on the second new muslin, I made changes to the paper pattern. Pants fitting is not intuitive for me, so I had to be crazy-methodical, which is not my nature!
The Magic of Changing the Crotch Curve
Today, I’m just going to talk about lowering the back crotch-curve. I’m 53-years-old, and despite always exercising, my butt has migrated south. And, I’m not alone. In her Palmer/Pletsch pants-fitting class, Pati Palmer has everyone “scoop out” the crotch curve in the back before the first tissue fitting.
The first photo below shows what “scooping out,” or “lowering” the back-crotch curve looks like on the pattern piece (I’ll talk about the other alterations on the piece next time). The next two photos show what a huge difference a little scooping makes. Looking at the first photo of my butt, my instinct would be to take in the legs at the sides. However, the second photo shows that by merely scooping out the back crotch, the extra fabric seems to disappear. Magic!
What pants alterations do you always make? What have been your pants-making aha-moments?