I’m so excited about this post!
A little while ago I was invited to join a few fellow sewing bloggers on a new and fun thing: The Fitting Experiment. A bunch of sewists of different sizes and body shapes sewing the same pattern to show you the fit across the board.
Such a great idea! I’m super happy to be able to do this with some of my favorite sewists of all time!
For this first experiment, we were lucky to be sponsored by Love Notions and chose the Sabrina Slims. Why not start with a bang by sewing some pants, right? 😉
The Sabrina Slims pattern has been around for a while and got an update not too long ago.
The main selling point of this pattern, for me, is that it can be made with both knit and stretchy wovens. I LOVE that! It also gets bonus points for the number of options it has.
Another great thing about the Sabrina is the fitting guide it comes with. It’s such a great help!
I chose to work with a stretch woven (Bengaline) and opted for the simpler silhouette with front pockets only and split hem.
Fitting pants may sound a bit daunting and intimidating at first, but once you get to know your body and learn how to identify the adjustments needed, you realize that it’s not that difficult.
Let me take you through my fitting process.
To give you an idea, and for reference, I’m 5’10” and at the time of this experiment my measurements were waist 28″ and hip 46″.
That put me on sizes 8 for waist and 16/18 for hips on the pattern size chart. I decided to go up one size for the waist, just to make sure I would be able to pull up the pants around and past my hips, something I always have to do when working with woven bottoms. I went with size 16 for the hips because I wanted the pants to be fitted.
So, besides grading between sizes, what other adjustments do I usually need to make when sewing pants?
Even though I’m tall, my legs aren’t very long. Most of my height is in the lower torso and that’s where the extra length is needed, the rise.
ROUND PUBIS ADJUSTMENT
That’s another pretty common adjustment for me. I usually combine that one with the grading and just use the scoop curve of the waist size and crotch length of the hip size.
FULL SEAT/BUTT ADJUSTMENT
Sometimes I do need to alter the pattern to accommodate the booty. But not always. This is an adjustment that I decide on only after I’ve sewn a muslin without it.
Sometimes fitting a pattern just goes like a dream. This was the case with this Sabrinas for me. I just did my regular grading process and got the fit I wanted right off the bat! FANTASTIC!
They are so comfortable! It’s like wearing dressy leggings.
I love the split hem detail!
The top I’m wearing on the photos is also from Love Notions. It’s a hacked La Bella Donna Dolman.
I cut a wider neckline, cut the sleeves between the short and 3/4 options and added a regular cuff to it.
As you know, I’m a bit off the shoulder obsessed and can’t help myself hacking a pattern. haha
A special thank you to Love Notions for sponsoring The Fitting Experiment bloggers with patterns so that we can share our thoughts with you. Love Notions has kindly provided a 20% off shop discount code for all our readers. Please use this code at checkout: FittingEXPSabrinas
In addition, Love Notions has given us TWO copies of Sabrina Slims to giveaway. For a chance to win, comment below. For more chances to win, comment on the other blogs too! You can check out their posts below:
- Diskordia’s Curvy Sewing
- SequoiaLynn Sews
- Petite Font
- Jong Design
- Jot Designs
- Stitched by Jennie