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Sundays with Sandra: Pant Fit and Patterns

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.

Class two in Sandra Betzina’s online Pant Fitting Techniques class from Craftsy focused on Pant Fit and Patterns.  I learned that Sandra prefers pants to be drafted with a European crotch.  She explained that Burda and her line of pants from Vogue are drafted with this fit, so I’ll get to experience it first hand thanks to the pants pattern that’s coming in the mail as part of the class.  This pants pattern, Vogue V2948, also has princess seams to help with fit.  I’m excited to eventually see what it’s all about – but there is still a lot to learn before beginning with the pattern and a toile.

For example, Sandra explained how pant rises differ between various types of pants.  The course materials show explicitly the differences between jeans, trousers, knit pants, and leggings.  I guess you can’t just turn trousers into jeans by making them out of denim.  You can do it if you really love the fit of the trousers, but they’ll essentially still be trousers.

The class ended with Sandra showing off a bunch of different pant examples.  It was amazing how many little lessons she packed into what was essentially a show-and-tell, such as the effect of material choice or pleat placement.  I’ve already watched the video twice to try to take it all in!

Next week we’re taking measurements.  If you want to join in, you can get a 40% discount on the class through any of the Pant Fitting Techniques links on this page.  Otherwise, if you sign up for Craftsy, you can keep your eye out for the even bigger discounts they occasionally have online and over email.  Happy sewing!

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.

10 thoughts on “Sundays with Sandra: Pant Fit and Patterns

  1. Wow – I might have to sign up for this class… I LOVE pants! So it only seems correct I should learn more about them, right? Right! (totally justifying me spending money I don’t have and investing time I don’t have on another Craftsy course… sigh… internet, you’ll be the death of me…)
    Also, can’t wait to find out what a European crotch is…

    1. I think this class will teach me quite a bit about pants fitting. But, from what I can tell, you’ve already learned quite a lot!

  2. Amy, just wondering…. it must be your goal to make me spend money! LOL!! Ok, I’ll be serious now. I just put in an order to Stitch Nerd for a couple of hams… and now I’m seriously considering this class. Sigh.. I’m telling myself these are Christmas presents for me, does that work?

  3. Oh yes, rises on pants definitely have different shapes depending on the silhouette. When I was in technical design, I worked on pajama pants. Because the fit of pajama pants are loose, their rises reflected this too.

  4. I’m with Sallie, I can’t wait to find out what a European crotch is. I was about to google it and then realized that would be a stunningly bad decision. I don’t even want to think about what those search results would look like!

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