I have decided to tackle one of my greatest sewing challenges: A Pair of Tailored Pants. I have chosen Amazing Fit Collection, Simplicity 2860, a modern straight leg pant with a fly front and contoured waistband.Separate pattern pieces are included for figure types – Slim, Average and Curvy. Advertised features are a contoured waistband that comfortably sits ½ inch below the natural waistline, a centered seam that has enough room for movement without sagging or creeping and side seams that hang straight without pulling toward the front or back.
My tailored pants will be made with a black wool-look blend of 50% polyester, 26% rayon, 20 nylon and 4% spandex which I purchased from Hancock Fabrics.
Let me state that I only own two pair of jeans and several pair of scrub pants. I do not own a pair of dress pants! I hate shopping for pants! I often find myself near tears after taking pair after pair of pants into a store dressing room and sadly find that they are all too long, the back crotch that does not rise over my curvy derriere, or that the back crotch does rise over my curvy derriere but leaves a large gap at the back waist that is beyond simple alteration. Okay end of my whining!
Anyway my goal is a great fit for these pants! Simplicity states I should these measurements to determine my pattern size and figure type:
My True Body Measurements and Simplicity's Suggested Size/Body Type
Waist - 29 ½ (Size 16)
Hip - 37 (Size 14)
Total Crotch Length - 27 (Curvy 16)
Back Crotch Length -17 (No size they offer! Yes, my back crotch is a fitting headache!)
The finished pants should have 4” of wearing and design ease in the hip/seat/upper thigh area. So I am going to cut a muslin in a Curvy Fit Size 16 which would give me a pair of pants with a finished hip of 43 ½ and then alter. I will share-a-look at the muslin with you before using my wool-look fabric!