I decided to take Maimu’s suggestion from my previous post comments and draw some lines on my pattern pieces corresponding to the lines on the self-drafted pattern paper. This is a good idea.
The photo above shows how I did it – I just used a permanent marker on Swedish Tracing Paper with the muslin pattern piece underneath it. Since the tracing paper is so thin, the marker bleeds through the tracing paper to the fabric below. I did try Wax-Free Tracing Paper first, but the lines weren’t very dark in that tracing and I didn’t think they would show up in the photo.
If anyone has better ideas of how to trace lines onto fabric, let me know.
I am holding this at the navel (aka bellybutton) level which is where the pants are supposed to start at… the natural waist. When you make real clothing you would cut this down to whatever style is used for the jeans or whatever you are making. The idea here is to make a sort of “generic” pants that can be customized once you get the fitting correct. This is called a sloper.
There is not supposed to be a zipper or anything. This is just for fitting. However, there are definitely some problems with the fit as you can see in the next photo…
Here you can see that the front crotch seam seems to be far too big. The back is sticking out too, but that is because I haven’t put darts in yet. I think that part will be okay with darts in the back.
Although the back lines looks okay to me, I don’t think top of the inseam is supposed to be pressed against my body like that. I think I need some adjustments there. The crotch needs to come lower in my opinion…
Above I am bending my knee to show where the knee line is on the fabric. It is shifted to the side a bit, but I think the height is correct when my leg is straight.
As you can see I still need a lot of work on my fitting, but at least I am learning a lot from all my mistakes.
In case you are wondering, yes, I used my 63-year old Singer 66-16 for all the sewing here. This is the first time I ever used it on a real project and it is working great.