Ah...Pants. The Current Bane of My Existence. I browse others' blogs, and see lovely fitting pants, with nary a wrinkle or fold in sight. My current experience is driving me mad. Mad! I am currently working on Vogue 8157 (OOP, and no longer on their website, but I did find a copy on Ebay tonight - photograph to follow), which is described as "Close-fitting below waist pants have yokes, side front closing, mock fly zipper and length variations." I'm working on these in a lightweight wool suiting in a lovely grey colour.
Anyway...back to my (pant fitting) issues...When I cut out the pattern, I made a 1-1/2" fish eye dart just under the back crotch line to compensate for "pooling" fabric just under the buttock area. I added 3" to the length because I have long legs. I also during the sewing process decided to let out the inseam from the upper thigh to the crotch by 1/2".
After sewing said pants, and then browsing through my many many pant fitting books and a few websites, I finally locating pictures of my precise dilemma in Jan Minott's book, Pants and Skirts, Fit Your Shape (circa 1974 that I picked up at our used book store for $4.95!!). In addition to ALL the other adjustments, I also need to lengthen the back crotch and shorten the front crotch.
Is this all worth it, you ask? Tonight, I am pondering that very question. With a glass of wine. This pant fitting ordeal is definitely not an easy process.
But...yes, it will be worth it. I scan blogging land with envy, and the knowledge that I will over come this and I AM going to have a pair of perfectly fitting pants! Even if it takes me from now until...Christmas!