Edit: The photos for the original post weren’t that great, and the post was pretty weak. I love these Plus Fours and wear them All. The. Time. I picked out my favorite shots of the plus fours from the past year to share here.
These were the first pants I made after learning to draft custom blocks, and I haven’t had fitting issues since.
For the Plus-Fours, I cut the facing pieces from scrap haircloth sans seam allowances, hoping it would work nicely for a long time. It feels lovely to wear, just the right level of support. I bias-bound the bottom edge of the facing using a decorative stitch because I felt too lazy to make my straight stitch catch the binding neatly. (Hindsight note- Haircloth is ok, but I don’t love the way it washes. Makes sense, really. I use a medium weight woven fusible for waist facings these days.)
See how the bottom back fullness tends to twist? When I gathered the lower edge, I divided the cuff in half and placed the inseam at the halfway mark. A vague thought ran through my mind that I should work out the proportions more artfully, but I dismissed it.
Just as I pictured- flowing and cool, but fitted. Not like these: