I know this is not the most flattering photo, who wants to see a photo of my larger than average arse! However, I thought, in the interests of fitting, I would show you what I have done. As you can see there are some lines down the legs which disappeared a bit when I attached the waist band and I managed to improve the fit on the second pair.
As I have a rounded bum, I had to add in some extra fabric to accommodate the curve. There are two ways to do this and I have tried both. I previously made some wide leg summer trousers and added a triangular wedge into the top part of the pattern.
This is a good way of adding extra space to the curve but it displaces the grain line and the waist band edge which you need to be careful about when drawing back onto the pattern. I always used this method, until I recently found this method:
I cut inside the seam allowance, along the stitching line and pivoted the pattern to create space. At the waist band I cut the thin seam allowance strip away from the main pattern and moved it out, adding a 1/2″ which created an extra 1″ to the seat area (fabric is folded, so 2 pieces cut). Then I just straightened the line of the new pattern edge up to the top of the waist band.
I also added 3cm to the length of the rise from crotch to waist as I am a bit taller than average and I didn’t want to be constantly hoicking them up, nothing worse than bum cleavage!
The fabric I used was a black stretch denim with 2% lycra bought from Fabric Land in Salisbury, when visiting my parents. I used an overlock stitch on my Pfaff sewing machine for the side seams
and a triple stretch straight stitch especially for the trouser crotch seam – I love my Pfaff! As these are jeggings and not jeans, it was an easy waistband with 2″ elastic. I made two bands of elastic and attached the first to the waist and then the second one on top so that the fabric edge is enclosed. I just used a zigzag stitch and stretched the elastic out as I sewed.
All in all, I am pleased with how they turned out and I have already worn them a few times and they are soooo comfy. I will definitely be making more! The only thing I would say with Style Arc patterns is that the instructions are a bit skimpy so you probably need to have had some sewing experience before tackling one of their patterns. Also, when you order on line you need to give the size you want and they just send you that size so it’s harder to grade between sizes. However, their patterns are very contemporary and have a stylish look and I am a big fan of them!
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