I have begun making the Clover pants pattern from Colette Patterns. So far, I am pleased with my progress (even though I just wish I could call in “sick” one day so that I could just stay home and sew). I found a fairly good quality rayon/poly/lycra blend suiting fabric at my local Hancock’s for 50% off (score!), so I decided to skip making a separate muslin of the pattern. I bought the amount called for by the pattern, but I ended up with about 3/4 of a yard more than I needed. So even if I really botch something, I may have enough to re-cut a piece. Here is my cutting layout for a size 6 with 60 inch wide fabric (just in case you’d like to save yourself some money or fabric when you make Clover).
Instead of making a muslin, I decided that I would take my chances, baste the seams and make any adjustments after that. They fit surprisingly well, but there are a few wrinkles here and there. I have been pondering the Colette Patterns fitting cheat sheet and trying to figure out which issues apply to me, based on the photos I took of my first fitting. What do you think?
I think the front of the pants fit quite well. I don’t see too many wrinkles there. The wrinkles under my derriere seem to be the cause of my fit issues. The problem is, I’m not quite sure which adjustment I need to make. My guess right now is to do a swayback adjustment. I have never done one, but it seems to be a pretty common fit issue. I am going to see what I can do without re-cutting the piece, but for my 2nd pair I’ll probably do the real adjustment to the pattern pieces. Even if I can’t get rid of all the wrinkles on the back, I think I’ll be pretty happy with the fit as long as the waistband is comfortable. Any advice you have about fitting pants or diagnosing fit issues with pants would be greatly appreciated!