Pants Fitting Resources – Sew My Style 2019

Hey y’all. I fully intended on posting this much earlier in the month, but April really escaped me. Even if you’ve already made your pants for this month, I hope you find these resources helpful!

This month has been all about making pants, and if you’re anything like me you may be looking for resources to make the entire process easier. That’s where I come in. I’m no fitting expert, but i do enjoy gathering information about the many adjustments that will make your pants fit exactly the way you want them to.

Let’s take a look at the patterns for this month. We have the Hepburn pant from Wardrobe By Me and the Chi Town Chinos by Alina Design Co. The website describes the Hepburn pant as high rise pant with features including: welt pockets, zipper fly, side pockets, a contoured waistband and two options for leg width. This pattern goes up to a 41 inch waist and 50 inch hip.

In contrast, the Chi Town Chinos pattern includes relaxed fit shorts, a skirt, and several pocket options. There are two expansion packs that have pieces for more fitted knee length shorts, welt pockets, and full length pants. This pattern goes up to a 36.5 inch waist and 46.5 inch hip.

Although pants can seem scary, having some resources to refer to can make all the difference. After all, its just another garment!

I am including resources that I think will help sewists that have questions about fitting and common adjustments. Some of these will be picture focused while others will include videos. Try them out and let me know what you learned!

Measuring Your Body

Let’s start with a resource about measuring your body. Accurate measurements really are the base for choosing the right size and ultimately fitting your garment. There are videos as well as images in this post that will help you measure your body in preparation for making your pants.

Fitting Pants: The Tummy Adjustment

This resource was very interesting to me because this is an adjustment I’ve been interesting in learning. I haven’t made this adjustment yet, but I definitely will be trying it soon. This video has information about this particular adjustment.

Closet Case Pants Fitting Guide

This is a widely shared guide about common fit adjustments. While it is geared towards jeans making, it can be used for pants fitting other styles. There are pictures and recommendations for various adjustments.

Grading Sizes

This post discusses grading between sizes. This is particularly useful if your waist and hip measurements span across more than one size. Grading between sizes can be tricky and there are helpful hints here that can be used for a variety of garments.

How To Fit Pants When Sewing – Pants Fitting Issues

This is a visual guide that talks about different pants fitting issues. It started as a facebook live video and offers pictures of fitting issues along with the corresponding adjustments to fix them.

Pants Fitting Guide

This post shows additional fitting adjustments for pants. It has pictures of the issues along with corrections to be made. It even talks about crotch curve adjustments, which can be intimidating.

I hope you find these resources helpful and reference them often. Is there a pants fitting post that you enjoy? Share it in the comments below!

Styling The Como

Hey y’all! It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you…without a dope blog to step to…

This month’s theme for #SewMyStyle2019 is the cardigan. We have two awesome options: The Como cardigan from Style Arc and the Blackwood cardigan from Helen’s Closet. Paulette and I are making the Como while Jess and Mac are making the Blackwood.

I don’t really own any oversized cardigans, so I decided to take a step back to come up with styling options before I went to the sewing machine. I’ve been trying to make garments that fit into my current wardrobe or stretch current items into multiple seasons. I sketched three outfits that could work with my Como cardigan.

Outfit #1:

I paired my mustard crop sweatshirt with some wide leg pants for a bit of a 70s vibe. It’s still a bit cool here, so having a sweatshirt under a cardigan allows me to layer comfortably. I also want to see how an oversized cardigan could pair with wide leg pants without feeling too much like pajamas.

Outfit #2:

This is a v-neck sleeveless tank that is in the sewing queue paired with some leggings. I envision wearing this during the spring when the temperature inside my building won’t let me be great. It’ll be a little piece of winter that can still be worn as the seasons transition. I really wanted to try a bright color with a jewel tone because that’s very much outside of my comfort zone.

Outfit #3:

Here we have a salmon shift dress that I’ve been meaning to make for ages. I don’t wear a lot of dresses that stop above my knee, but adding the cardigan makes the outfit more my style. I thought it would be nice to play with the oversized cardigan next to a more fitted dress to balance things out.

Overall, I am very excited to try out these three styles in the near future. I’m adjusting to a different climate and I have a feeling that spring in the Northeast will be cooler than I’m used to. I’m looking forward to using the Como cardigan to extend my wardrobe into spring. How are you going to style your cardigan? Let me know!