So yeah. I didn’t really like any of these photos. I am not proud of my hips and bottom, and it feels weird to type “bottom”, but this is about pants fitting and might as well start with my short drama.
For some reason, I am insistent on using the Prefontaine Short pattern. These are my third pair, after a muslin. While I am getting a better fit with each pair, I am not where I want to be with well fitting shorts. Here is an onslaught of mediocre photos to help discuss these fitting issues.
Point 1. Flat front, elastic back creates bags/folds under my belly. (I don’t mind how it looks here too bad, fresh from the dryer not worn very long.)
Point 2. Big booty creates copious fabric that hangs out from my bottom.
Point 3. Side lumpy curves plus belly creates sags and folds of waistline, dragging waistline down.
Point 4. Even wearing a shirt over the shorts well, it just makes it worse. This looks like I am wearing a weird pleated tennis skirt.
Point 5. Sway back is ok, front belly is not ok, folds unpleasant.
Stop taking photos already!
Frustrations: I just don’t think I can use this pattern to get a look I like. Flat front, elastic back feels fine to run around in, but just isn’t working visually for me. I am also frustrated with sizing. I know exactly how big I measure and by this patterns “guide” I should be an 18 but I am more like a 12 waist 16 hip after sewing it up. Why do even the indie designers build in so much give? No actually needs that many inches of extra room. *These are designed for running I understand, and I plan to use mine gardening and biking and chasing my toddler.
Fixes: My plan moving forward is to try another pattern that has a zipper (in my stash is McCall’s 6756 ) or maybe a pull on pant (The StyleArc Barb). Maybe I will never like a pull on elastic waist for my style, but I do like how they feel. I dress for comfort and style. How can I integrate function into fashion? Is it a technical sewing skill I lack, the “right” pattern? How do you get TNT patterns? I still feel like I don’t any. Maybe it’s more ego+pride and my perspective needs work. Or as a friend suggested, maybe I should invest in a wardrobe that I love in ready to wear clothes so the pressure of sewing is removed.
Still seeking answers,
PS: Previous “fitting figures” is the beginning, this is the middle. Soon I will hopefully find an “end.”