Monday, October 22, 2007

Patrones pants

Today I was able to get some pictures for the Patrones pants on me, which I finished yesterday.
The PR review is here.
In general I'm quite pleased with these pants: the front is good, the pockets went in smoothly and the fabric feels very soft on my skin.

I'm not so pleased with the back. This is an issue I presumably always had with pants, but that I only became aware of because of taking pictures for my blog. I will stop making pictures from the back ;-).

Look at this picture of the back. Wrinkles, and though I have read a lot about fitting pants, I'm not sure what to do about them. Is it just taking pictures and am I being too critical or is this a problem that can be solved? If you know what could help, please let me know. I would like to make a pair of pants without these wrinkles.


  1. I am absolutely not competent enough to advise you regarding the back fit, and I'm sure other more experienced readers will help you!
    Just wanted to say that your pants look great and very professional. Hope you get good advice for the wrinkles (I'm sure you will) but they look great anyway.

  2. I agree with Isabelle! Your pants look great and very well made! As for the fitting problem I have a few books at home and will see if I can find some info on this specific problem; in the meanwhile there are two pant fitting tutorials written by Debbie Cook: . I don't know if this relates to your specific problem because fitting pants is such a challenge but it might help somehow. If I find more info about this I'll let you know!

  3. I would go to Debbie Cooks blog. She had the same problem and she has done a lot of tweeking. I am sure she would be able to help.

    Good luck

  4. From my perspective, it looks like the legs have twisted slightly off grain which is causing the wrinkles. Hopefully, Debbie's blog will be able to help you.

  5. You need more room in the rear crotch. to fix this in a finished pant you can scoop out the lower back crotch, 1/4" at a time until the wrinkles disappear In a muslin, pin out the cb until you get the wrinkles to disappear. Remove half the amount from the cb on your pattern and add it to the hip area blending into the leg before the knee point. This gives you more body space without changing the grain of the inseam which creates more problems.

  6. I have no solution, but if you find out, let us know! A friend of mine has the same problem and we've tried about ten mousslins with different solutions, but it didn'T get better, just different. :-/

  7. Sigrid,

    I'm experiencing much of the same trouble as you with pants fit in the back. After about, oh, 10 muslins, I've hit upon a combination of:

    Taking a horizontal tuck in the back pattern between the crotch and the knee, then adding that amount back to the bottom below the knee (as seen in Easy Guide to Sewing Pants by Lynn MacIntyre)

    Taking a rather small (1/2") wedge alteration in the back as well. You'll need to stretch the seam a bit from crotch to knee when you sew. For a good explanation of this, look here: