A perfectly fitted pants pattern can become the most valuable tool in your studio, for once the curves are correctly shaped, the resulting sloper can be used to create any style of pant at all. From conservative business basics to flowing, sheer evening pants, from skinny ankle pants to full, pleated trousers and in any length from the floor to capris to shorts, the designs all start with the same basic fit: the curves from the waistline to mid-thigh.
To achieve proper fit and allow for movement, the curves of the lower body (in three dimensions) have to be accurately translated onto paper (in two dimensions), and evaluated in a precise order and with proper consideration for what each measurement tells us. Explore these measurements and define which part of the pattern each applies to as you gather the knowledge to create your own personal pants sloper. All three parts of the series are necessary, as the measurements cannot work independently of each other. They work as a team, creating a shape on paper that will mimic your own best pants shape for your body. When you sign up for all three parts of this series, go home with your own detailed measurements, a personal sloper pattern, Cynthia's Pants Fitting and Pants Tweaking DVDs and a roll of pattern paper so you can continue to create pants at home.
Part I of the three-part series focuses on the major curves: measuring and interpreting back to the paper pattern your crotch length and depth, and your hip curve.
Part II moves on to the knee intersection, overall length and waist shape, once again measuring accurately and transferring information back to the paper pattern.
Part III completes the process with back waist and hip, then front waist and hip measurements and pattern adjustments.
During each part of the series, Cynthia demonstrates measuring, then shows where and how the measurement comes into play on the paper pattern. Her guidance continues as you make the adjustments needed for your pattern. As you progress through the series, your best shape will appear on paper, as you learn to translate body measurements to pattern dimensions. You’ll leave with a sloper pattern you can use for basic pants, or as a base to design skinny or flared styles, shaped waistlines, added pleats and so on.