We Can Sew It – Trouser fitting has got me stumped

Well, it’s been a little while since I’ve had a chance to update, hasn’t it?

It’s also been pretty slow on the sewing front.

I finally got around to starting my Clover muslin this week and am already a little bit stumped.

So can you see those creases at the front of the trousers going towards the crotch area?

I have no idea what causes those, or how you’d sort them out!

Anyone got any ideas?

(I promise a lengthier update soon…)

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5 thoughts on “We Can Sew It – Trouser fitting has got me stumped

  1. Tasha Miller Griffith says:

    It looks to me like there’s not quite enough fabric width-wise across the belly, so it’s stretching. But at the very top of the crotch there might be a little extra fabric, either length or width-wise?

    If there’s one thing I’ve figured out, it’s that pants fitting is a journey! I can’t tell you how many times I adjusted and re-fit my last ones, but in the end it was so totally worth it. Having pants that actually fit can be a huge boost to self-esteem!

    I found Sunni’s trouser fitting sewalong at A Fashionable Stitch super helpful. The book Pants for Real People that she recommends also has a ton of examples of fit problems and solutions which I helped me out, and short section on pants fitting in my favorite drafting book also contained one key for me. You can do it! Good luck!

  2. yesilikethat says:

    That’s a tough one – trouser fitting is such an exercise in frustration sometimes. Perhaps it’s a combination of the front crotch seam being a little bit too long (take the length out of the bottom of the seam), and also needing more width across the front?

  3. Karen says:

    A little tight I think. Maybe you also need a little extra length in the front crotch at the inner leg by extending the crotch seam 1/2″ maybe. This gives more space for your body to sit between front and back centre seams ( don’t know how else to explain that….) and might prevent some of the pulling. I echoed the comment that pant fitting is a (long) journey) and I haven’t yet reached the end of mine!

  4. joellestlaurent says:

    I’d say they don’t look too bad for a first attempt! I am sorry I can’t offer you any piece of advice, I am still quite scared by all the talk about crotch length and curve to tackle pants (eh, trousers?). Good luck!

  5. ThreadTime says:

    Love this challenge you have going. Fitting is my nemesis! Just hate it.
    Have you ever taken a Craftsy.com course? There is an awesome pants fitting course that would help a lot. Sandra betzina talks you through all the things causing all the “wrinkles”.
    In your case it could be the depth of the crotch or more room at low hip/thigh.
    Craftsy has had a $19.99 sale all weekend. Well worth the cost!! Usually a $40 class.

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