First- I want to thank all of the intrepid testers who helped me develop the Pants Block service. You ventured with me into the great unknown, you did great work, you asked thoughtful (sometimes hard!) questions and helped me understand how to draft and fit custom pants blocks through the internet. It’s possible! Thank you for your patience and perseverance, I could not have figured this out without you!
I wasn’t sure if or how this would work via the internet when I asked for testers. I just had an idea based on stuff I’ve done in “real life,” and longed to try it out every time I read a blog post about pants fitting difficulties. It is possible. When I look at photos of wrinkly muslins sent in by testers my fingers itch to reach through the screen and pin and tweak, but I am learning the best ways to describe necessary alterations.
I think the best way to convey alteration information (by far) is through diagrams. I do not like terms like “full butt” or “deep crotch” and besides names like that don’t tell the whole story, so I use my own original diagrams and terms like “Alteration A,” “Alteration B,” and “Alteration C.” If necessary, I’ll add more but those three tend to cover the bases. Also, know that your pants block is not a size. It is yours, and arrives with your name on it.
The method I use works well to create a good solid base to work from, and I know which alteration diagrams apply to which wrinkles. I do not pretend to know everything, but I work hard and learn quickly. If a problem arises I’ve never seen before, I will tell you then do some research and we can work through it.
If we need to work on simple alterations (no slash-and-spread or anything too involved, mostly moving seamlines) we can do it at your own pace.
Once the pattern fits, I have a basic tutorial which will demonstrate how to use your pants block to alter a commercial pants pattern. The tutorial and my alteration diagrams are password protected for now, but that may change in the future. From there, you can go on and use your block to help you reliably fit pants for as long as your body is the same shape.
Should you change shape and require a new block, I will provide you with one for half price.
A related housekeeping issue: Lately the volume of emails for the Consulting Dressmaker have increased from a dribble to a stream. That’s awesome! I love helping sort out sewing and fitting issues, and getting to know those of you who email me. It’s fascinating.
However, I think I need to set a “work week” for the Consulting Dressmaker. Her (my? I’m sure my misuse of pronouns is unhealthy..) office hours are Thursdays for Skype consultations, which can be arranged through my scheduler. However, The Consulting Dressmaker is perfectly happy to answer all fitting and sewing advice related problems via email Wednesdays through Saturdays.
Sometimes I need to sleep on a problem before I know how to help, and if I don’t know I will tell you. At any rate, the policy is that I will at least acknowledge your email within 12 hours and answer fully during my work week. I put a lot of consideration into your issues, but I also have to manage the work/life balance of a working mother with a young family.
I have a pressing question. English is a very funny language spoken by many people all over the earth. Is “Pants Block” a little giggle-worthy to those of a slightly more Commonwealth persuasion? Is “Trousers Block” better? Or do we like “Pants/Trousers” because even though it’s cumbersome, it gets the point across?
If you’d like to make a perfectly fitting pair of pants, head over to the Pants Block page, have a look and fill in the form. Half price for the first 10 clients! That’s only $15 for a custom draft and fitting guidance.
Coming this week- Filling in My Knowledge Gaps: Lace; Silk Fabric Care Tips (with a story), The Quilter takes on Megan’s Dress, and a clean and pretty version of the BCT (with new size 30!).
Edited to add: We reached 10! Thanks for signing up!