Let me introduce you to my newest garment: my black-on-black pants. These pants are the culmination of my efforts in Sandra Betzina’s Pant Fitting Techniques class class on Craftsy. The pattern is Vogue V2948, a princess-seamed basic pant pattern that either zips at the side or back. I chose to use a black wool crepe from Mood that is described as “an absolute staple for three-season wear”, which makes it a very worthy fabric for all of the time I put into the class!
As you know, I’ve spent a decent amount of time these last couple of months going through Sandra’s class. I made myself a goal of a video a week in order to keep things manageable and not get too overwhelmed by everything coming at me at once. And, if you’ve kept up with my reviews, you know that the class starts by you guessing what kind of fitting issues you have, moves through how to address all of those fitting issues, and culminates in a muslin and final tweaking in the pattern. I would have liked to have added another muslin step in there, right after the guessing of fitting issues and before the addressing of issues. That way you get a real benefit from not only evaluating what you know your issues likely are but also seeing them in action on the pattern early on. When I finally tried on my muslin towards the end of the class, I found even after my tweaks to the pattern, the front still needed a little extra length in the crotch. But, look at them now!
I think Sandra would be proud of how well they hang from the waistband.
Now, what about the back? You might remember that’s where I had the most problems in the muslin, even after my weeks and weeks of working with the pattern for the class. My original muslin had drag lines all over the bum, and everything sort of twisted down my leg from there. After rewatching a couple of Sanrda’s lessons and polling all of you, I figured out I needed a small tweak to the crotch length, a shifting of fabric through a wedge method, and a sway-back adjustment. The result:
Okay, you might be wondering if the black is hiding some flaws, so I’ll brave a close up.
Though to a perfectionist everything can always be refined, I think the improvements are quite dramatic!
Okay, let me take a minute to say just how hard it is to feature something that is black in photos. Like these pants, for example. If I was slightly in the shade, the pants lost all dimension.
Yet, when I moved to the sun, you could see every little crinkle in them.
So, you don’t get many photos. But, the pants that those crinkles belong to are well loved. And, that’s all that matters, right?
It feels so good to finish yet another Craftsy class. How good does it feel? As good as the lazy man’s .gif below.
Now to apply what I’ve learned to other pants patterns and slowly take over the world of pants… Muahahahaha!