You see, 'pants' are what lots of us wear to work. No, I don't mean undies. I mean those long things that go from approximately your waist to the top of your foot. They are often grey or black, and are a professional item of clothing, often forming the bottom half of a suit.
'Slacks' are usually worn by the elderly, or occasionally people who just don't mind having no bum. Because that's what slacks do. They give you a slack bum. They tend to have either darts or pleats from the waistband. (side note: sometimes these things are awesome for fitting pants. And sometimes they just make them old-lady shaped).
|Yeah, this is the back. Ordinarily, I have a big round bum.|
However, I'm back to my usual problem whereby the measurements don't lead to the right size (for me). My measurements clearly indicated a size 20 curvy... I should have already been dubious. I've never been a size 20. But, trusting in the 'Amazing Fit', I plowed on.
|Nowhere on the pattern did it say 'wide leg' or 'ugly rave pants'|
- These are at least two sizes too big.
- The style was horrible on me anyway, with the waistband in a weird place and much too wide legs.
- I thought my problems with ease in 'Big 4' patterns were to do with my usual FBA. Turns out that Big 4 bottoms also don't fit.
- I am never going to be able to trust the body measurements on these patterns, and it's immensely frustrating. I don't mind adjusting, but that's nearly impossible when the whole thing is completely the wrong size.
I'm just so frustrated. From now on, any pants I make will probably be based on the Jalie jeans. I'll just add extra to the seam allowances for less stretchy fabric.
What to do next? Never buy Simplicity, McCalls, or Butterick again?? Oddly, I have less problems with Vogue. Their patterns possibly have less ridiculous ease because they are closer to RTW designs... I don't know.
I'm all for alterations. But I didn't want to redesign a pants pattern in order to get the right fit. Sigh. If I could wear skirts to work, sewing would be much simpler!