The “Orange Clover” Pants | Sarah Gabbart
Fabric: Wool gabardine in burnt orange ($35.99 a yard on sale at a local shop – 50% off; total for 2 1/4 yards, $17.00! <= holla!)
Pattern: Colette Clover
Year: c. 2011
Notions: invisible zipper
Time to complete: 2 hours
First worn: October 2011
Wear again? Yes
So we meet again Clover pants! You thought you came out on top with your frown lines and weird waistband, but this time I brought a secret weapon – Colette's Pattern Fitting Cheatsheet!
With the help of this gem of a fitting resource, I was able to slash and spread the pattern to make room for my super round butt. They call it a Full Butt Adjustment, but I call it a saving grace for these pants. I simply found the problem I was having on the cheat sheet and boom – a solution in there!
The making of the newly amended pattern back was easy – I traced the original pattern onto tracing paper, transferred the lines on the cheatsheet illustration, slashed and spread, taped that sucker back down and retraced it. Now I have a fully adjusted pattern piece to make these pants anytime I wish!
The results: waaaaayyyy better fit! In the previous pants, the crotch had tons of lines and the waistband drooped in the back. Now that my bubble butt has enough room, the pants shape over and around the backside, like they should!
Are the pants perfect? Not yet. Still a few adjustments to be made in the thigh area (to get rid of the new crotch lines created by the changed fit), but I am so happy with these current changes and how much they affect the fit of the pants for the better. Can't wait to make another pair!
*Please excuse the photos this week – I didn't have time to put proper effort into them because of some family stuff, but I hope to get some good ones next week!