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Sundays with Sandra: Taking Measurements

November 11, 2012

This winter I’m sewing along with Sandra Betzina. A bunch of other talented seamsters and I have joined up to learn pant fitting techniques using Sanda Betzina’s Pant Fitting Techniques class on Craftsy. Here’s a reflection on my efforts to sew well.

It’s Sunday again and time for another weekly lesson from Sandra Betzina’s Pant Fitting Techniques class.  Week three began with a demonstration of the key measurements to take when preparing to make pants:  waist, high hip, hip, waist-to-hip, and waist-to-length.  Sandra then moved to discussing typical fitting issues by showing real people with different body types wearing what seemed to be their own store bought pants.  It was crazy to see that everyone, both large and small, had at least a little bit of fabric where it shouldn’t be.  And, now that I know a bit more about how pants are supposed to fit, I just know I’m going to find myself awkwardly staring at strangers as I mentally analyze their pants fitting issues.

This week the class also started working with the pattern.  Thankfully, mine arrived in the mail yesterday – just in time!  You’ll never believe how Sandra stores her patterns – after backing them with fusible interfacing, she rolls them around paper towel rolls!

Next, Sandra walked the class through how to grade between sizes according to the measurements taken earlier in the class. This pattern is a bit different from most Vogue patterns I own since it contains all sizes in one envelope.  If you range from a 26.5″ waist, 34.5″ hip to a 50.5″ waist, 57″ hip, then this pattern has you covered.  As Sandra explained her method of prepping the pattern, she made sure to note that we’re not yet working on figure problems.  I get the feeling I have multiple rounds of toiles ahead; my guess is the first one will come into play next week!  Join me here again next Sunday to find out.

As a reminder, I received this class for free from Craftsy in return for an honest review.  If you’re interested in taking this class yourself, follow this link for 40% off Sandra Betzina’s Pant Fitting Techniques.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 12, 2012 6:14 am

    I prefer patterns where you have all sizes in one envelope. My hips and waist mesurments differ a lot, so it makes altering easier.

    • November 12, 2012 6:23 pm

      It is really nice, isn’t it. I hadn’t seen a big 4 pattern with all sizes included like this, but then again, I don’t have an extensive collection of big 4 patterns, so there are likely more out there than I would guess.

  2. November 13, 2012 6:59 am

    Gosh! I really need to take this class! I love wearing – and making – pants so so much! I’m sure there is so much more I could learn. Now I just need to maybe pinch a few pennies together to squeeze it into the old budget! Do you know yet what kind of pants you hope to make from this class? Or is it just all about the fitting? I can imagine you in some glamorous wide leg trousers…

  3. November 14, 2012 10:15 am

    Oh Amy, you egg me on into these Craftsy classes! This sounds like a great adventure. I’d love it just for the teaching on different pant styles.

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