This is quite a long post with some very dodgy photos and way too many of my bum – you have been warned!
Well, these have been a very long time in the blogging. Once again (as always) photographs were the stumbling block. Someone recently (sorry but can’t remember who) mentioned that they often like garments better after having seen the pics and blogged them. I’m afraid that I am completely the opposite. The pants to follow are a very good example. I made them, wore them, was quite happy with them and then I saw the photos and went “Oh, they don’t look like they fit nearly as well as they feel like they fit”. I think that this is exacerbated by the fact that I have never seen close up views of me in RTW pants. And these makes certainly fit better than any RTW that I’ve had recently.
But on to the Barbs. I got this pattern free and you can too by signing up for their newsletter here.
According to their size charts I am between 16 and 18 in the hips but a 20 in the waist. Fortunately for this promo you receive the size requested plus one size either side. I ordered the size 18 and received 16, 18 and 20.
So I made a first hopefully wearable muslin using a size 16 for the back and size 18 for the front. FYI I have comparatively small hips and a very flat bum. I used some very bright red cotton spandex. Which is fabulous fabric by the way, although very bright as you can see.
So this is the back of the size 16 with no alterations. As you can see, there is clearly too much fabric at the top of the thighs. The front in an 18 was also too big. I have taken these apart to recut in a smaller size.
I then made another pair using size 16 both back and front using fairly light stretch denim. I made a flat bottom adjustment using Style Arc’s tutorial. I also took 1 cm out of the front crotch depth based one the many tutorials I found. I really can’t remember which one I finally used.
Sorry, it’s hard to see details with dark colours but obviously they still need to have more fabric removed under my bum. And there’s still too much fabric in the crotch as well. However, these are in high wardrobe rotation and are very comfortable. And are usually only seen with a shirt out over them like this.