My husband commented that he liked a pair of pants I was wearing recently. It figures that I didn't get a picture of them on me. They do fit well. A little too well if you know what I mean. They look great when I am standing but a little tight in the thigh when I sit. The fabric has a little stretch and a slight wrinkle appears across the top of my thigh. Also, the center back waist dips ever so slightly when I am standing and more when I am sitting. I thought I could take those apart and use them as a pattern. I can add a smidge more fabric in the thigh and center back and they would be perfect. But then I thought I can't part with them. I love the stretch tropical wool charcoal fine pinstripe fabric too much. So last night, I tried to copy them using my TNT fit muslin. I figured the pinstripe is a perfect grain line. How hard can it be to copy them? I pinned the muslin and started fussing with it. Actually, I was fighting with the stretch fabric and the muslin, trying to be patient. I really wanted to take the darned things apart, lie the pieces flat, and trace them. Then I got another idea. What if I just buy another pair? The time I will save will be worth the money. No pattern tracing, measuring, tweaking, mock-up making, mock-up tweaking, or transferring changes back to the pattern necessary. Just cut apart, and use the pieces as a pattern! BING!! Light bulb over my head... I went on line and checked the web site for the store where I bought them and they didn't have them anymore. But, there was another pair with the same cut and stretch tropical wool fabric in black! WooHoo! - and it was on sale!! I ordered two pairs - one for me to wear and one to use as a pattern. I hope they aren't too tight in the thigh. I am definitely keeping one pair to cut apart as a pattern.
A Closet Full Of Fit Muslins?
I think I need to clean out my closet! I took a look at what's in there and asked myself if each piece met my standards for fit and I was woefully surprised at how many pieces I have that don't quite pass muster. Then I got an idea! I sew!! Well fitting items that are worn out, ripped, or stained can be taken apart and used as patterns. Except, I have nothing that really fits well that is in bad shape. My closet rejects are rejects because the style doesn't flatter my figure, or the fit is a little off. Maybe I can use them as fit mock-ups and tweak the style and fit and THEN use them as patterns. Why have I not thought of this before? Now I can clean out the closet without feeling guilty about the money I have spent on what is in there.