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Burdastyle 8/2013 #118: Trouser Fitting Practice

One of my Resewlutions for 2014 was to expand my repertoire of trouser patterns from the one or two patterns that I know I can make fit to add some variation to my trouser wardrobe.
So I started with Burdastyle 8/2013 # 118:


Following my measurements I cut a size 42 (in RTW I wear a size 40) and my first impression was that the leg came up far to wide. It did not result in a bootcut but rather in a wide leg from the top. No big deal, it was very easy to take in the legs along the seams. One thing I really don’t like is the placement of the welt pockets. On me, at least, they come up way too high, so next time I will move them down by a few centimetres.

Otherwise I actually got a decent enough fit on the first attempt. There seems to be some slight fullness in the crotch:


I bought the excellent Sewing Pants that Fit and I wonder if what I need to do is shorten the front crotch:

P1070898The extra fabric on my trousers isn’t as much as pictures in the book, so that might easy to rectify.

The side seams look fine to me:

P1070895It arrives on the floor nicely perpendicular, cross-secting the ankle, so I think I can leave this as it is.

The back view still puzzles me though:

P1070896Do those creases at the upper thigh tell me the seat wants more room? So I would need to adjust for protruding seat:

P1070900Or to they mean I need to let out the back inseam so as to give more room for the thigh? Haven’t quite worked that one out yet.

Otherwise I am encouraged by this first attempt. I am not crazy about the fabric, so this will be a wearable muslin at best, but I have some nice navy wool suiting waiting for the adapted version.

In other sewing news I finished my Georgia dress:

IMG_6790I am planning on wearing this tomorrow, winter or not, so hopefully I will have some good pictures. I can tell you that much: I love love love the dress!