Black-on-Black Pants

Black Wool Crepe Pants

Let me introduce you to my newest garment: my black-on-black pants. These pants are the culmination of my efforts in Sandra Betzina’s Pant Fitting Techniques class on Craftsy. The pattern is Vogue V2948, a princess-seamed basic pant pattern that either zips at the side or back. I chose to use a black wool crepe from Mood that is described as “an absolute staple for three-season wear”, which makes it a very worthy fabric for all of the time I put into the class!

I’ve spent a decent amount of time these last couple of months going through Sandra’s class. I make myself a goal of a video a week in order to keep things manageable and not get too overwhelmed by everything coming at me at once. The class starts by you guessing what kind of fitting issues you have, moves through how to address all of those fitting issues, and culminates in a muslin and final tweaking in the pattern. I would have liked to have added another muslin step in there, right after the guessing of fitting issues and before the addressing of issues. That way you get a real benefit from not only evaluating what you know your issues likely are but also seeing them in action on the pattern early on. I found even

Black Wool Crepe Pants

I think Sandra would be proud of how well they hang from the waistband.

Now, what about the back? That’s where I had the most problems in the muslin, even after my weeks and weeks of working with the pattern for the class. My original muslin had drag lines all over the bum, and everything sort of twisted down my leg from there. After rewatching a couple of Sanrda’s lessons and polling my blog readers, I figured out I needed a small tweak to the crotch length, a shifting of fabric through a wedge method, and a sway-back adjustment. The result:

Black Wool Crepe Pants

Okay, you might be wondering if the black is hiding some flaws, so I’ll brave a close up.

Black Wool Crepe Pants

Though to a perfectionist everything can always be refined, I think the improvements are quite dramatic!

Okay, let me take a minute to say just how hard it is to feature something that is black in photos. Like these pants, for example. If I was slightly in the shade, the pants lost all dimension.

Black Wool Crepe Pants

Yet, when I moved to the sun, you could see every little crinkle in them.

Black Wool Crepe Pants

So, you don’t get many photos. But, the pants that those crinkles belong to are well loved. And, that’s all that matters, right?

It feels so good to finish

Black Wool Crepe Pants

Now to apply what I’ve learned to other pants patterns and slowly take over the world of pants… Muahahahaha!

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  • Lori
    February 25, 2013

    Great looking pants, your hard work paid off.

    • Amy
      February 25, 2013

      Thanks! It’s fun to know a bit better about how to manipulate fabric when it comes to pants.

  • Cissie
    February 25, 2013

    Great fit on those pants! That is my goal for 2013 and I am working my way through the class. You should probably make a second pair — cause you’re going to wear these out!!

    • Amy
      February 25, 2013

      I’m definitely going to make more pants this year – at least I hope to. But, I’m a bigger fan of pants with fly fronts, so I’m going to try out a few other patterns I have in my stash before returning to this one. Hopefully I can use what I’ve learned here to help me out there though!

  • Carolyn
    February 26, 2013

    Now that’s a good “butt” fit! You did good and achieved a great fitting pair of pants! Dontcha just love working with wool crepe. It is one of my favs!

    • Amy
      February 28, 2013

      I knew you’d appreciate the fit! And, yes, it was my first time working with wool crepe, and I can definitely see why everyone raves about it. I’ll definitely be scouring Mood for more wool crepe next fall.

  • Kay
    February 26, 2013

    They look great. I am still trying to “perfect” my Thurlow pants.

    • Amy
      February 28, 2013

      Oh! I was hoping those would fit almost perfectly straight out of the envelope. A class like the one I just took might help. Otherwise, the online sewing community was incredibly helpful helping me tweak my muslin as well.

  • Amanda S.
    March 1, 2013

    Great job on your pants. That is the one thing I DO NOT like to make. Every so often I think I need to master my fears, so I spend 2 weeks making pants muslins. They never look good. Why do I torture myself? Oh yeah, because what I really want is a plaid pantsuit, and you can’t have a pantsuit without making the pants for it. I love your joyful photo shoot!

  • Ginger
    March 6, 2013

    These look great! They fit you beautifully! Great job, girl– totally worth all the time you spent working on the fit!