This is the second pair of pants I have ever made (here is the first).
Well, I take that back . . . I made a few pairs of bloomers many years ago which count as bifurcated garments, I suppose.
Ridiculous, right? Or maybe not . . . I have a pair of jeans somewhere, but I have not worn them in many, many years. And they did not get a whole lot of wear, even back then. So why spend my precious sewing time making something I will never wear?
Well, I have finally figured out one of the reasons I dislike wearing pants. Off the rack trousers are rarely comfortable. I hate waistbands that dig into my hips. And I am quite confident I am not the only female who has extra squishy bits several inches below my waistband . . . google "muffin top" if you have any doubts. On second thought, don't . . . it isn't a pretty sight. Why, why, why is this considered an appropriate fit, and why is it impossible to find a pair of pants that sits at the waist??!
But there is another issue . . . not only do I have a long torso from under-bust to waist, but my waist to hip measurement is also longer than the standard. It took a few years of sewing straight skirts to realize I needed to add some length to the top of the skirt pieces in order to get the hip curve to sit in the proper place for my figure.
This alteration is also necessary (perhaps even more so) for a pair of pants.
And because I have been tempted each time I see a new version of Wearing History's Smooth Sailing Trousers, I thought it was time to make myself another pair of pants.
So I started over . . . and while I was at it, added one inch of extra length by slashing through the hip area. After consulting a couple of fitting resources, I also added to the crotch length by extending the interior seamline. I would not have come up with that alteration on my own - hooray for learning new things!
I pinked the seams and added a lining.
And here is another reason I finally got around to making myself a pair of pants . . . an excuse to wear these shoes!