QUOTE(fredatemespleen @ Jul 20 2009, 10:11 PM)
ooo i love the spiderman dress. and the floral dress. but especially the shorts!
i sew too but i cant read patterns at all and i've tried making pants/shorts so many times. they always end up too small in one spot and its like impossible to fix. so... you have any tips? :3
I don't like patterns, they're lame. I've never used them, either.. (I can read em, but I'm too lazy
I dunno what you're talking about (which part you're having a problem with), and since this isn't a sewing forum, I can't really check to see what you've done beforehand (ya know, experience-wise??) so I'm just gonna tell you how straight up, kay? There's two (or three!) ways to do it:This is how I did it, because I didn't have my model with me to do it the "professional way" (more math-y I suppose)
If you look at your regular shorts, you'll notice that the back panel is a bit bigger than the front panel.
Take your hip measurement (widest part of your butt/hips) and divide by two. Take one OR two inches off one number and add it to the other, so it's not even. The smaller one is the front and the larger one is the back.
(EX: Measurement: 38, divided by two: 19" = Front: 18" Back: 20" OR Front: 17" Back: 21")
Take your waist measurement (where-ever you want the shorts/pants to sit) and do the same.
The crotch for a size 2-8 should be at LEAST 8.5 inches. This is called the rise; you want the curve to be a little deep; I think it's best for it to be deeper than you think, because if it's too loose, then you can still fix it.
The back of the crotch should be more curved, and should be 2" bigger/more curved than the front. This is the norm, it can change depending on how much of a booty you have.***The crotch area is what makes things bigger and smaller from the waist to the hips...This means you shouldn't have to dart. It's definitely better to have the waist larger than smaller. The crotch area is also responsible for the puckering at the crotch, if that's what's too small. This means your need a deeper curve.This is the way most professionals do it; best way, obviously, for fitting (more measuring)
Look for where the largest part of your hips/butt is.
Measure JUST the front from hip-to-hip. That's your front measurement.
Measure JUST the back from hip-to-hip (same start/stop point). That's your back measurement.
Measure from the top (where you want your shorts to end) to the bottom of your crotch (do NOT curve it around your crotch, just measure it straight up and down! since it's the professional way, well...it's just weird to measure directly on crotch
Take that measurement, add two inches. That's your rise.
Add another two inches, and that's the back side of the crotch. (Again, two inches is the norm)***Make sure the curves look like it's actually curving. A slight curve would be too tight for your crotch/booty. The back end would look more like a boxier curve than the front, to accommodate the butt! Also, on some shorts, the back is actually higher on the waist than the front, you could mess around with that, too!The lazy way; this hasn't worked well for me, for some reason
Take out your old shorts, and measure them.***Waistbands suck. It's better to have the shorts/pants higher, that way you can cut it down. Once you have a good reliable pattern (that you made yourself, yay!) then you can start folding the pattern over for the waistband.Zipper time!
Zippers are tough. I have yet to put it on the crotch area (see how I used buttons?)
I've put a zipper on the side seam, but like my friend said "might not be sexy for boys"
Usually, the opening at the crotch is 4-5"
I've noticed some people using an exposed zipper (since hiding it is what makes it tough)
I've also noticed some people using a corset-crotch (I kinda like it!)
Here are examples of what I'm talking about!
I hope it helped