The written instructions below in this section are suitable only for standard figures. I am making a series of 3 videos on drafting Pants for Non-Standard Figures, the first of those videos (Part 1: Introduction & Measurements) was published on Sunday 25 May 2020. Parts 2 was published 2 June. Part 3 will be publisehed soon. You can find Part 1 in the Menu on this page, or click on these links:
I have no plans to create written downloadable instructions for the information in these videos. In the videos I will be drafting the Pants Block for 4 different figures: The Standard (Hourglass) Figure, a Triangle Figure (small waist, large bottom/hips, smaller high hip, smaller than average thighs (for the hips size) and protruding and drop bottom. (Me, my figure!). I will also be walking through drafting a block for a squarer figure (called Carol: Slender, but smaller hips for her waist than a standard figure, smaller thighs than average (for her hips) and a drop bottom. The third figure is Anne who has an apple shaped figure; the widest part of the body is the upper hips (stomach), smaller than average thighs and a flat bottom.
If you have a standard figure, the instructions in the videos may be 'too much' for you; you may get just as a good a result using the instructions below using less measurements, and without having to listen to all the explanations that relate to non-standard figures. I draft the Standard Figure in the video for comparison purposes.
Instructions: Standard Figures
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.