I present to you exhibits A and B…
(For the record I would never wear either pair with a plain ill fitting t-shirt tucked all the way in, I just wanted to be able to focus on the pants). Exhibit A is a pair of pants I got at The Gap a couple of years ago, exhibit B is a pair of pants I just made for myself with my self drafted jeans pattern I did last year. I was not trying to do a straight replica of the Gap pants, obviously they are more of a trouser cut while the ones I made are more of a jean cut. I think that both pair of pants look good, actually as I look at them side by side I realize I need to find a way to make some perfect fitting trouser style pants because I do like the look of them. However, I HATE the Gap pants and I LOVE the home made ones. It is not just because I made them, but because they fit perfectly and are comfortable and still look good. The Gap pants….. well to put it bluntly they give me a major wedgie. This is partly why they are, or were, bad for my self esteem. You see when I bought these pants a couple of years ago I was 10 pounds heavier. The pants fit over the hips and in the waist, but they were always riding up. So whenever I wore them I was constantly thinking that I had a HUGE butt and needed to lose 10 pounds so my pants would fit. So last year I lost 10 pounds and did my pants fit? NO, now they are too lose in the waist and hips and they STILL give me the terribly uncomfortable wedgie.
So the moral of the story is that if store bought clothing doesn’t fit perfectly don’t think there is something wrong with your body. Every body is different and there is no way store bought clothing is going to fit every woman. So if you don’t sew make sure you try on A LOT of clothing until you find what works for you.
So sewing continues to help my self esteem, in a really big way this time. This is my second pair of pants and I love them but I am also kind of annoyed by them because now I don’t think I will ever buy pants again and buying is so much quicker than making. I just remind myself that a well made well fitting pair of pants will last me years and is worth the time it takes to make them. Oh and did I mention that since I got this fabric at a thrift store these pants cost me 2 dollars for all materials? How much did your last pair of pants cost?