I like to teach for purely selfish reasons. Helping someone conquer a sewing issue makes me happy, as happy as the first time I conquered the issue myself. It’s the same on or offline; when I read posts like the ones below, I smile all day…
As part of pants week/month, I collected blog posts I know about that feature pants I had a helped fit through the Pants Block service. If I missed your post, please feel free to link in the comments and I’ll take a thousand lashes with a wet noodle.
Liza Jane was one of my first testers, when I hadn’t yet worked out the kinks in the process. I hadn’t learned to scale the scans, so the resulting block on her end was not quite right, though at the time neither of us realized it. D’oh. It didn’t matter though, because Liza Jane kept working at tweaking with me and then turned out this gorgeous pair of hot pink linen trousers. They’re so pretty, I think I’ll have to make some for myself next summer. You can see the full post here.
This is Burda 125-10-2009, made by Marie at Quirky Threads. She and I are *almost* neighbors! (Give or take a few hours, but still, it’s exciting!) Marie and I worked together much more recently, and it was our extended conversation about back-inseam-reverse-ease (is there a proper term for this?) that set me thinking about how to best use the block for closer fitting styles. Marie did a great job on her pinstriped trousers, you can see her full post here.
K from Green Hills In April and I also worked together through the tester phase, earlier this year. She took a little break from working on the block (what? other people have real lives? ;)) but once we sorted out the fit, she made two pairs of pants. A regular long pair, and then these plus fours. I completely get it, I made myself some plus fours when I first had my block, too. K also worked out how to make a rectangular gusset for hiking shorts (Gramicci, anyone?), and she’s in the middle of messing around with stretch pants, too!
Sophie from Un Peu de Couture worked together fairly recently. She made a Burda 8488 for her first pair of pants after the block and I love what she wrote: “Typically this pattern stopped at size 44, but now I don’t care anymore..” Which means- you can use the block for patterns that aren’t necessarily in your size. Check out her sailor pants and the pretty interior details here.
But Sophie wasn’t finished yet! She turned around the next week and put together this pair of pants using Burda 01-2006-107 and a linen-lycra blend. The pattern hadn’t worked out for her in the pants, but this pair works quite well. You can see the post here.
Lee and I are both contributors to Sew Weekly, and Lee blogs over at the Slow Steady. I love her tagline, and her quirky-but-practical style. Lee worked through her fitting issues and then made the “Sitting on the Stoop” pants from Simplicity 2367 for the “Family” challenge. That post helped me re-asses how I approach alteration with the block: sometimes the simplest solution is the best. You can read the full post (including the backstory on the interesting title) here.
Lee turned right around and made 40’s style jeans, this time using Simplicity 3688. It’s a 40’s reproduction pattern and cotton linen denim- doesn’t that sound divine? I love these jeans on her. She finished them beautifully on the inside, I’m really impressed by her Riveter Jeans. You can read about them here at Sew Weekly.
These are just a few of the blocks I’ve made in the past few months. I learned quite a bit since I started playing around with the service, and I really enjoy collaborating with another sewist to achieve good fit. Thank you all for your patience and persistence, you’re really inspiring.
If you’re reading this and I missed you, I’m very *very* sorry, please let me know. If I used your photo by mistake, please let me know and I’ll fix it up post haste.
If you’re in the middle of fitting the block and you’d like to play some more, please email me and I’ll crack the whip. We will work through it together, until it’s just right! But I don’t want to spam or pester you, so please email me.
If you’d like to work together on a block so you can reliably alter commercial pants patterns, click here. The block service is $30 until midnight tonight (in the US) and then the price will go up.
If you live in Brisbane and you’d like to take a one-day workshop on pants fitting, alteration, and techniques, please visit Piece Together to register. Places are filling fast; I keep my class sizes small. (Psssst- Knits Mastery, a one-day workshop in August, is also filling up… Check it out.)
Tomorrow: Getting rid of that pesky fabric under the backside, through the thigh. The examples above show semi-fitted to loose fit, and I’m taking it to the other extreme by making some Clovers. And there will be other, quirkier Clovers after that. Settle in for LOTS of pants posts…