Today I want to bring my blog up to date - I have two unblogged garments. They are both quite simple garments, and the pants and skirt are both using patterns I have tried before.
The pants were made from Butterick 6331.
I have already written a post about the making of these trousers, which you can find here., so I shan't talk more about this here.
What I do want to talk about is the dreaded issue of fitting pants. Some people have bottoms that seem to be the right shape for whatever pattern it is that has been chosen.
I am not one of those people, and I suspect many of you are not in the pants patterns fit me category either.
I think most patterns are drafted for more generous bottoms than I have. Perhaps with slighter larger and curvier bottoms, hips and thighs. Incidentally, I just read the other day that standard measurements were set years ago using a small sample (25,000) of white, lower middle class women. I am not sure what country, but am assuming this was the U.S. This is hardly a representative sample statistically (and I am not going to go into the rules that govern what a representative sample is, but take it from me, this cannot be a generalisable sample, so it is not really an accurate model for all female shapes globally).
Now, I do not come from that group (family history, so I am probably not even an outlier in this group. So I can take it that these standards are not going to work for me. Take a look at my rear end in these trousers. Strangely, these turned out not to fit as well as my earlier pair - it may have been the different fabric:
But this is nowhere near as bad as a RTW pants usually are on me:
Now, I think you would agree, that really is a sad look! The moral here of course, is that if you are having trouble with the fit of your pants, especially in the area of self criticism, a more balanced perspective may be needed.
Anyway, what I am gradually learning is that I have a small tail, and I don't think anyone really designs for those. These pants were an Australian brand, again, catering to the more pear shaped figure.
The French, though, in some RTW brands I have browsed, do have two styles of pants or skirt - those that are more like the dimensions of the Big 4 patterns (bigger hip to waist ratio) and some designed for the straighter waist to hip ratio and flatter thighs and bottom.
I had enough fabric leftover (well, I made sure of it, I got cunning and did contrast waistbands in the on both pants and skirt, and could just about eke out the two garments....).
There isn't much to say about this skirt, except that it is the skirt shape that has evolved and morphed over time. I used to have just as much trouble with straight skirts as I did with pants, but I seem to have mastered a reasonable okay fit with this straight skirt. I added side pockets - this is a simple thing to do.
That's it for now, my blog is not up to date. Now I have to start thinking about warmer clothes, with our short winter just around the corner.
Bye for now