Monday, January 28, 2008

Absolutely FED UP!

That's right. I sewed up my third pants muslin and am absolutely fed up with it. I'm going to put it in a storage pile destined for the trash some day. The pattern fits great from the hipline up because that was custom made with duct tape for my body. From the hip down it's McCall's Perfect Jean, except it's not perfect on my body. I'm getting very disgusted with the crotch curve, which has been tweaked countless times.

So I've decided to go straight to a Burda jeans pattern 7863, which I think might be better drafted to my body type. It has a nice, shallow somewhat straight front crotch curve with a deeper back crotch curve. It has to be better than what I'm working with. I've never used Burda patterns before, but bought a few last October including the jeans pattern. So, Burda, here I come! I'll just cut some extra wide seam allowances for fit insurance.

Normally I'd just keep plugging away but I'm just so tired of this muslin. There comes a point where one realizes that it's time to move on and I'm there. So adios Perfect Jean. You're not so perfect for me. Movin' on to my first Burda pattern.

8 comments:

Robin said...

I found your blog through Patternreview. Coming out of lurk-dom to say that I also have that McCall's Perfect Jean pattern and it doesn't sound like it's going to be a good fit for me either.

I'm fairly new to sewing, so I haven't made fitted pants yet or plotted out my crotch curve or anything, but I am curvy from the waist to hip and have been told Burda would be a good fit for me despite not having tried their patterns.

I've recently discovered that I'm 2" narrower across the hip in the front than in the back. Is that the same as having a flat front curve and a deeper back curve? I guess I just have to map it out and see. This is my second semester in a fashion design/sewing program that I'm doing part-time at my local community college, so we will be doing pants (and a muslin first) toward the end of the semester.

Love all your reviews on Patternreview and you are on my list of favorite reviewers! My id is RobinMCPA on there but I've only done a few reviews, about a year ago. I need to get back there and do some more again!

Just wanted to say I really like your blog and that I'm sure you'll find the perfect pattern - Burda sounds like the trick!

Kat said...

Hi Robin! Thank you for such a kind comment :) . It made my day after bemoaning my tossed muslin with a good case of the grumps. I can't wait to just start working on my minidress and jacket. Once they are finished being cut out, then I will trace my Burda pattern.

Your college program sounds GREAT! I can't wait to read more about it on your blog. Problem is, I can't find your blog. Please post your blog link when you get the chance!!!

Robin said...

Sure - it is http://yarncrawl.typepad.com. I'm never sure what shows up in Blogger when I comment! Glad I checked the box to get follow up comments!

Kat said...

Thank you!!! Now I can visit your blog :) .

Robin said...

Sounds great - usually I post about sewing on Tuesdays, after my class on Monday nights, but as I have two knitting FOs to show I will probably do my sewing post on Thursday. But you're welcome to come by anytime! (I just didn't know if you had any interest in knitting or not.)

Connie Bontje said...

Kathy - you really should try Vogue 2921 - I think you saw my pants in New York City. They have a seam up the back leg and a pocket that never gapes. (Darn - I just checked and it is out of print already.)
Off to look at Robins blog now...

Kat said...

Hi Connie! Yes, I saw those pants! Darn--out of print :( . But if you have other pants patterns that you absolutely love, let me know. I probably should use the SB Vogue pattern in my stash. I had it tweaked perfectly except for the saggy butt. Other than that, the front and back crotch were nice and comfortable.

Cennetta said...

Hi Kat, Have you considered using the pattern/muslin of your perfect fitting jean as a guide? On top of some pattern drafting paper, place one pattern on top of the other. Copy the the preferred crotch and style lines onto the drafting paper to create a new pattern that includes to new style and the perfect fit. This is just a suggestion.