Thanks so much for all the compliments on this top from yesterday's posting. I'd prefer a longer top with the pants but wearing this shorter one allowed you to see both it and the pants without showing off my bare stomach. I'm so glad I was open to the possibility. These are fun.
There is - apparently - a vast difference between RTW skinny pants and custom fit skinny pants. These don't look half bad and they are very comfortable. YES YES.
In her book Pants for Real People, Pati Palmer talks about a high front low back crotch shape which is what I have and the shape that Burda with its European cut seems to be drafted for. You can see above that not only does the crotch line angle down but it's much longer in the back. The only changes I made were to square out the corners and eliminate 1/2" of hip depth based on my measurements.
I ended up taking out the seams and allowing more fabric through the back calf to prevent bunching up. For next time, I've curved the seam lines of the back piece outward 1/2" each side at calf height easing back into the seam line above and below. LOL - now that I've made one successful pair of skinny pants I want some more and especially a pair in denim.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - Marcy was right
This need to be right has put a huge burden on me, one that I never deserved to have to carry. Part of it, I know, is cultural - in this age of information at a moment's notice, we've come to expect people to have answers - the right answers - at the drop of a hat. I feel very fortunate that over the last decade or so I've been able to leave the need to be right behind me and move on with my life with a more healthy perspective. I'm now willing not just to admit that I'm wrong, but also to stick my neck out with ideas or thoughts that may be wrong. The possibility of being wrong no longer threatens my emotional well-being; if I'm wrong, I'm wrong, and I learn from that.
- Tom Walsh