Making the Pants Block

Important Note;  I am in the process of re-writing the pants block instructions using another method.  If you have a fairly standard figure the current instructions may work well for you; if you have a non-standard figure they will probably require a lot of fitting at the toile stage.  My new instructions will work better for all figure types, and will include some videos to supplement the written instrucitons.   Sign up for my newsletter to be notified of when I add new content.

This is one of the pages with preliminary information for creating the Pants Block, with an example of the finished pants block.  See the menu for other preliminary pages and for the link to the step-by-step instructions.

Darts

The Pants Front has one dart and the Pants Back has two darts.

The placement and length of the darts are a starting point.  You need to make a toile and adjust the dart placements and lengths to suit your body.

Ease

The Pants Block has 2 inches ease in the hip, and 1-inch ease in the waist.

The hip ease is distributed unevenly; one-third of the two inches is allocated to the front hip arc and two-thirds allocated to the back hip arc.

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Example - Finished Pants Block

This first image is what the block looks like at the end of the step-by-step instructions, using the measurements specified on the Preliminary Tab.  The shape of yours may end up looking quite different.

The measurements used are 'standard' measurements.


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Comparison - My Pants Block

This is what my block, using my personal measurements, looks like.   This is to show you that if the shape of your block ends up looking quite different to the one I am making, it doesn't matter (as long as you are using your correct measurements, of course!).  This is the point of making your own block: it will reflect what your body looks like.


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U are just awesome. Really waiting for the trouser pattern

Charlie
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Hi there (Guest)

Thank you for your kind words.

I’m really sorry, but I am very behind on all the articles I have been meaning to write for my website. At the moment, (for a week or two), I have no access to Illustrator, the software I use...

Hi there (Guest)

Thank you for your kind words.

I’m really sorry, but I am very behind on all the articles I have been meaning to write for my website. At the moment, (for a week or two), I have no access to Illustrator, the software I use to create graphics, due to computer issues.

I have a few other things to do before I get back to writing the new Pants Block Instructions, when I do get my computer back.

One of the things on my list is to set up an email subscription list, so I can send out an email (to anyone interested) when I have added new content. In that (weekly/fortnightly) email I will also have a list of upcoming articles. Anyone subscribed to the list can let me know if there is anything in particular they are interested in... on the list or not on the list... and I will take that into account. (E.g. If a few people are interested in something that’s way down on the list, I’ll bump it up).

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Maria

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Hello Maria. Hooe you are fine. I check this page almost everyday waiting for the updated pants block instructions. I trust your blocks so much that I've refused to draft or make a trouser. Please please will it be OK to ask when the the...

Hello Maria. Hooe you are fine. I check this page almost everyday waiting for the updated pants block instructions. I trust your blocks so much that I've refused to draft or make a trouser. Please please will it be OK to ask when the the instructions will be ready. Thanks so much

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Hi Charlie

I'm really sorry about the delay. I would love to work on my website full-time, but I don't have that luxury (yet?)... If in future I can earn some money from my website, then I can spend a lot more time on it and get a lot more...

Hi Charlie

I'm really sorry about the delay. I would love to work on my website full-time, but I don't have that luxury (yet?)... If in future I can earn some money from my website, then I can spend a lot more time on it and get a lot more content up.

At the moment I am spending all the time I do have available on the Pants Block instructions. It has been really challenging trying to work out clear and linear instructions that will cover all body types. In the end I've decided that I have to make a few videos to supplement the written instructions. I have just purchased the camcorder and am in the process of sewing up numerous toiles to use in the explanations. I am going to start the filming next week, but I am sure I will have to do a lot of film editing, and that will take time.... I also have to finish writing the step-by-step instructions with graphics.

Bottom line is I can't tell you exactly how long this is all going to take. I will definitely let you know when it's all up.....

Can I ask you for some information?
1) Have you tried other block making instructions for pants in the past?
2) What problems did you have and do you know why? (e.g. You have a fitting issue that is obvious, like a large or flat bottom OR it fitted badly but you just couldn't figure out why).

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Thanks soo much for your prompt response. I really appreciate all I have learnt from your website. I understand how challenging it must be for you.
I have tried winifred aldrich classic pant pattern and it doesn't work for all body types. My...

Thanks soo much for your prompt response. I really appreciate all I have learnt from your website. I understand how challenging it must be for you.
I have tried winifred aldrich classic pant pattern and it doesn't work for all body types. My sister has large thighs and her thighs couldn't just pass thru. It worked for other body types though.
I haven't tried the one you have on this website yet becausse I was waiting for the update. I may just give it a try soon and let you know the outcome. Thanks again

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Hello again Charlie

I had a look at Aldrich Classic Tailored Trouser Block (5th Edition) and compared it to the current instructions that are on my website for a standard figure, looking at the amount of room at the thigh. (The top of the thigh...

Hello again Charlie

I had a look at Aldrich Classic Tailored Trouser Block (5th Edition) and compared it to the current instructions that are on my website for a standard figure, looking at the amount of room at the thigh. (The top of the thigh is at the crotch depth).

The system on my website will give you a bit more room in the thigh. To give an example: If you drafted a block for a person with a hip of 100cm using:
- Aldrich's system, and
- the system on my website for standard figures
that person with 100cm hip would have 2.5cm more room in the thigh using the instructions on my website. (I don't say 'My System' because it's a generic system. The system I am working on at the moment will be My System).

(To give specifics: Aldrich: For hip of 100cm, Front Extension = 6.75cm Back Extension = 10.125cm. Total = 16.875cm. With the current system on my website it would be 6.375cm Front Extension and 12.75cm Back Extension. Total = 19.125. The difference is 2.25cm more in the thigh area.)

BUT...if your sister has thighs that are disproportionately large for her hips, this still may not be enough for her.

If you could get your sister to measure around the top of the thigh - i.e. right at the crotch area, and send me that measurement AS WELL AS her hip measurement (whatever you are using as the width of the block), I will tell you whether the current instructions on my website will work for her or not. Well ... at least as far as the thigh is concerned. (There may be other issues!).


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Maria

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