I bought this pattern in the great Colette pattern buying splurge which saw the Laurel added to my vast pattern collection (and we all know how well that turned out) For some reason I thought that pants from an indie pattern company would be easier to fit than a pattern from the big four (I have no idea why I thought this, I'm definitely not in the running for Spock's logical thinker of the year award)
I made a toile out of a faded old curtain (no pics, def not a wearable toile!) and to Colette's credit the drafting on these shorts was very good, every notch met up and they flew together in about an hour. The fit was OK on my toile but I noticed a bit of bunching and some crease lines at my crotch. Thinking I knew what I was doing I made a full inner thigh adjustment to my pattern pieces and cracked on with the next pair (also made out of an old curtain)
Note the long t shirt (which I also made) that was because I still had the crotch bunch wrinkle problem, sigh.
For the next pair I though a slightly larger full inner thigh adjustment might do the job.
Nope, pesky creases still present. I'm not glowing with rage at my rubbish shorts in this pic, honest! Florida is humid and steams up camera lenses faster than Mickey can part you with your dollars. On this version (and the ones in the future) I got rid of the side panel as I knew I would never use the pockets.
By the time it came to version three I was beyond frustrated I was still pretty sure the fault was something to do with my legs as it seemed that the fabric was getting 'stuck' above my leg muscles (quadriceps?). I turned to the Internet and found an adjustment for full FRONT thighs.
Yeah I don't have a picture of me wearing this pair. The front thigh adjustment made these incredibly 'waffy' so much so the Beau questioned whether I was wearing a skirt. This is a photo of the inside of the waistband. I was pressed for time when making all of these so I used a finishing method I had seen in some ready to wear pants. Instead of folding the facing inwards and slip stitching it down you apply bias tape to the raw edge and then stitch in the ditch from the right side to secure the facing.
By the last pair I had almost lost the will to live, a niggling question started eating away at the back of my brain... what if it's not the legs that are the problem, what if it is the crotch? I asked my trusty friend google and google responded with Anatomy of a Camel Toe Part One and Anatomy of a Camel Toe Part Two now my problem was not a camel toe but rather the camel toes evil sibling 'the wad'.
Armed with this new diagnosis I set to work on altering my pattern and scooped out that crotch curve viciously.
These shorts fit great but I picked the wrong fabric. This is quite a thin loose weave pink hounds tooth cotton which stretched to unwearable after having them on for an hour or so. boo.
You can't win them all I suppose, at least next time I go somewhere hot I will have a better idea of how to fit my shorts pattern!