I still need to find a suitable pattern for making a pair of formal trousers for doing jobs like visiting the accountant. I have lost my mojo about this job, but it's come back again. I decide to try Butterick5687.
I do think the crotch shape is important, so I laid the shape that works for me over the crotch shape denoted by the pattern, and altered to suit me - that was the hope, anyway.
I only took about an hour and a half from starting the tracing to finishing the muslin - time well spent, and I'm certainly getting quicker (this job used to take me all afternoon, or lots of bits of evenings).
I was please with the results - I'll do the dreaded back view first:
I really did not agonise about fit here, other than the crotch curve. That is not too bad. I did not do any alterations for my baggy back leg problem - but I have found the results are not so bad as some patterns I have used. I can easily tweak this. The waist is about right - I always add extra at the centre back in case I lower the crotch - I have learnt this lesson the hard way. You can always take fabric away, but you can't add it back.
I have pinned one leg in a bit to see what I think about a narrower leg.
The front view also works - I haven't added a waistband yet, so the pant is slipping down on the right hand side as you look at the photo.
Again, I had absolutely no problems with the fit of this pattern. I will add slanted pockets if I make this pattern up to give my front the illusion of shape.
And, I am happy with the side view as well - the pinned side is showing here:
I also found the crotch depth and shape to be perfect - and perfectly comfortable. This pant is a winner for me and I will be making the shorter length, full width, as a pair of summer pants. I have some cotton drill that is in the stash, ready and waiting to become a wearable muslin. These will also test the width of the pant on me.
Sarah Liz is smiling :)
I hope you are too - good luck with your sewing as well...