Thanks for all the nice comments on the blog and Facebook - the BG pants are definitely getting a lot of loving, and I had to make one last pair (for the moment).
Meet the Bad Girl Western Jeans.
My inspiration was this pattern (View 1), Advance 8341 from 1957.
I wanted something with a slim fit, but more authentic pockets than the original Butterick 5895 version (I still think their pocket isn't the most attractive option).
The western pockets were VERY easy to add to the pattern, and I love them.
The denim only has a small amount of stretch (less than stretch twill) and I think they hold their shape much better. (Denim came from Fabric Remnant Warehouse in Alexandria)
These pants just fit in all the right places, but it wasn't always the case.
I did warn you.
Anyway, as promised, here's what the first cut muslin of what the pants looked like in cotton stretch sateen. I'm frowning because they dip dramatically at the front (waistband not attached at this stage).
See the blue line? That's where they should be sitting.
And now the back - much more noticeable, and the sateen makes any smile lines really stand out.
Time for a Curvy Gal adjustment for booty or belly.
1. Figure out how much you need to raise the back (or front) to even it out to match where it sits on your hips. (Lets say 2 inches)
2. Draw a line across your pattern, about 4 inches down from the top (doesnt have to be exact, but around the middle is good).
3. Cut along line, from centre back seam to side seam, leaving a tiny bit attached. Hinge the top part of your pants pattern upwards, the amount you measured before (the 2 inches).
4. Fill in that new gap with paper, retrace and you have a new piece that will actually meet your waist.
Yes, it's really that easy.
I hope the booty and belly mod helps some of you! If you get stuck, let me know.