Marfy Pants - A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words!
Isn't that true? After I saw the front and back of the first version of the Marfy pants, I knew it was time to step it up and get those things fixed! Digital pictures make it so easy to see the whole garment on you as someone else would. The Internet makes it easy to get fitting opinions and instructions for pattern changes from experts I'll probably never get the privilege to meet in person.
Here's the finished product, second time around. They are better, no bagging in the back and much less pulling in the front. Sorry they're a bit wrinkly and not pressed tremendously well - I was in a rush to get the pictures taken this morning before leaving for school and didn't have the pants quite ready.
I made two major changes which really made a big difference in the pants. First was to take out a fish-eye shaped dart in the back of the pants to take out the excess material under the seat. I used these directions by Debbie that I found on PatternReview.
The other major change was done on the front thigh of the pants. I had several people suggest lengthening the front crotch curve. I tried that first and ended up with more body space in the abdomen area, which I didn't need, and still the pulling in the front. What I ended up doing was adding material to the front of the thigh only, as I have a protruding front thigh. Mother-in-law thinks its because of the weight lifting (she's a gymnastics coach and has seen quite a few buff bodies with the same issue), but I think it's probably more genetic. After some digging on PatternReview, I came across these instructions, by Els, which is what I ended up doing. There's a picture, too, of the altered pattern piece which was extremely helpful.
To confirm my suspicion about the front thigh, I took a pair of scissors to the pants. I put them on, and cut the pants where they were too tight, leaving large slashes down the front. Crazy? Absolutely. The pulling was gone! The pants cost me less than $5.00 to make and were too tight and baggy to wear out anyway. Ok, that sounded weird, how can you have pants that are "tight" and "baggy"? Only on me, I guess. I then pinned in a section of scrap fabric to see how big the dart on the pattern piece really needed to be and where I should place it. I think I could have extended it a bit longer at the top than I actually did, but I'll try that for another pair. You can see the ugly fabric below, pinned in the slit.
After tracing the shape with a marker and removing the piece, here's the resulting shape of the fabric that will need to be added in the front of the thigh. Pretty dart-like, huh?:
After a bit of careful measuring, slicing and taping, I ended up with the pattern piece below. I think I should have made the curve a bit less dramatic on that outseam by reshaping a bit so it's straighter, it wouldn't add that much fullness to the leg. Again, something I'll do next time.
Overall, these are a much better fit! I'm still pretty pleased with them and will wear them after a better pressing job. I feel they need a bit more tweaking, but I'm satisfied for the moment. I learned a lot making these alterations to these pants! From now on, it's front and back pictures for fittings for me!