The Fitting Experiment – Sabrina Slims

The Fitting Experiment – Episode 1
 
Background: I am hanging out with some new bloggers friends and we are calling our adventure, The Fitting Experiment. Our goal is to test out patterns that are drafted with a large size range to determine if the pattern has a great fit across the board. We are looking at comparing the fit across the size chart, construction techniques and directions, included options, and anything else the bloggers want to chat about. With some friends, we began this group because there is so much talk about size inclusiveness and why it is important. I was getting some strong feelings towards the entire topic and as a larger size person, I know it is more difficult for me to find a pattern drafted in my size compared to someone who is a size medium, but honestly everyone struggles. If a pattern companies “Block” isn’t suited to your body it won’t matter what size it comes in.  Through this experiment, maybe you will learn a little bit about fitting patterns to your shape. One of the best things about sewing is knowing how to correct these issues and get a great fit. Our hope is that you can see and maybe learn how to better fit your handmade clothing.
Sabrina Slims and Laundry Day Tee (6)
 
The Mission: This is our first run, a test drive if you will. we have been delayed for a knee injury and the flu so far, but we made it! I suggested the Love Notions Sabrina Slims while it was still in the size expansion phase. Since the re release, it has become a great seller and loads of folks are sewing up some awesome pants! First off, I want to mention we have 8 bloggers who have sewn and reviewed the Sabrina Slims and we are all different sizes and shapes! The fun thing about that we are all so different- short, tall, thick, thin, and we are doing exactly what we love! The only rule for the experiment is to sew the pattern up and blog about it. We quickly had our bloggers on deck. Love Notions was super generous and provided all the bloggers with the pattern, plus two extras to give away to our readers. As an extra bonus, they gave us a discount code to share with our readers to get the pattern for themselves!
Sabrina Slims and Laundry Day Tee (3)
 
The Experiment: I keep talking about my mission to get great fitting pants and I am soooo close! So I am sharing my 3rd pair of Sabrina Sleeves with you today. I made two pair in testing and improved on the fit with each try out. I will tell you a secret, LN’s wrote a pants fitting guide that is truly amazing! Even the seasoned sewists have commented on how extensive it is. This pair of trousers is made with Liverpool. I love Liverpool fabric for my “dressier” garments. I like that they hold their shape and is so comfortable. So between my first 2 pair, both made in Ponte, and my third pair in Liverpool I am loving the process. Here are those 3 photos side by side.
 
As you can see each pair has been slimmed down slightly through the seat, hip and thigh areas and the fit is getting better. I think my next pair I will add about 1/2 inch to the calf area to reduce the pull lines I am seeing there. Other adjustments I made –
Full Belly Adjustment 100% needed as my belly size doesn’t match my booty size.
Smoothed down the curve of the hip. I don’t have womanly hip curves at all.
Shorted length above the knee and below the knee. Removed 1 inch from the rise.
The Results:
Sabrina Slims and Laundry Day Tee (2)
These pants are about to become a staple in my wardrobe! They are so comfy! I even added butt pockets! For me, pockets are life. If I love a pattern, I will sew all the pockets.  I paired my Sabrina Slims with a Love Notions Laundry Day Tee…in the tank version! I blogged about it here.
Sabrina Slims and Laundry Day Tee (1)
 
 

A special thank you to Love Notions for sponsoring The Fitting Experiment bloggers with patterns so that we can share our thoughts with you. Love Notions has kindly provided a 20% off shop discount code for all our readers. Please use this code at checkout: FittingEXPSabrinas

In addition, Love Notions has given us TWO copies of Sabrina Slims to giveaway. For a chance to win, comment below. For more chances to win, comment on the other blogs too! You can check out their posts below:

 

If you love the Sabrina Slims pattern and can’t wait to see if you are a winner, Use the code above and click here.

Here are all the options that come with the pattern!

  • Cigarette slims pants pattern
  • Pattern pieces for 2 different pant styles: solid front and back or seamed front and back as well as 2 maternity waistband options and three hem styles: plain, zippered and split hem
  • 2 pages of slims pants inspiration photos from pattern testers.
  • Cutting guide and the ability to print just your desired size(s) with the Adobe layers feature and a print chart to print the needed pattern pieces.
  • 14 pages of bright and clear step by step color illustrations and photos.
  • Downloadable fitting workbook designed specifically for the Sabrina Slims
  • Large format file for copy shop printing
  • Projector file for those using a projector in their sewing
  • Glossary of needed sewing terms.
  • Troubleshooting guide.

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Author: SequoiaLynnSews

I am a single dog mom of two and we happily reside in a small house in Ohio. We spend our days playing fetch, digging holes in the garden, and sewing, lots of sewing. We have high hopes of moving to the mountains someday. The dogs don’t really know that yet, but they will understand. I shamelessly hoard fabric and feel slightly sorry for whoever has to sort my stash when I am gone. I am employed full time in a industry that requires little of my creativity, but basically lets me wear whatever I want. So it works out. I can usually be found behind one of my sewing machine avoiding human contact. I test a lot of clothing patterns and therefore always have a new outfit to share. You have most likely found my blog through some sort of sewing outlet and will quickly realize that I am sewing for a plus size body. For reference, I am 5'1 and wear a range from a 2-5x. Sizes change with every designer and you can't trust ready to wear sizing when you are making your own clothing. Your tape measure will become one of your most used tools and if you misplace them like I do, you should pick up several. I will be sharing the good, the bad, and the A-MA-ZING with you… So stay tuned. I will also try to teach you a few of my tricks along the way. People always tells me they want to learn how to sew. My best advice is you have to start. Just do it! You are going to mess up, you will break needles, you will ruin the pretty fabric, you will stab your fingers, but you will learn. You will make something and you will wear it. Someone will say, “I like your shirt.” and you will smile and say, “Thanks, I made it.” You will race home and make something else. Pretty soon you have made more good things than bad and you will feel proud of yourself and you should. I will be proud of you too. :) Ok, that is enough rambling, I have sewing to do. :) SequoiaLynn

50 thoughts on “The Fitting Experiment – Sabrina Slims”

  1. Thank you for doing this! I love the idea. It’s so helpful to know if a pattern is drafted for your body size. It’s one of the reasons I’ve been scared to try pants ( other than sweats)

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  2. I’ve been watching this pattern, I think it should be my next purchase! I’ve got a large belly combined with what I call a “grandpa frog butt” lol… Not much hip and zero booty. I like that there’s a mod for the belly, did not know that!

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  3. Thank you for this. My first two pairs of Sabrinas turned out so badly, that I literally wadded them both up and stuffed them under my bed!!! But I know that while still a poor fit (my family literally told me not to wear them out of the house ever), the second pair was a better fit than the first (the first was such a bad fit that my husband begged me not to wear them at home even!).

    I’m going to try again. And again. I have an inspiration photo of pants I want to recreate in olive green (my new “neutral” I’m adding to put more color into my wardrobe) and I have some more stretch denim washed and ready for go three.

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  4. I am a beginner sewer and this post us great. It helps to see the process of finding the best fit for your own body shape. I always thought that sewing a garment was quick and easy but there’s a lot of work that goes into creating beautiful things.

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  5. I love The Fitting Experiment. It is nice to see how the same pattern can be made for different bodies. I was a bit afraid of the Sabrina Slims because I didn’t think it would look that great on my body, but after reading through all the blogs, the fear is gone and I will give it a try.

    Nice pants and your top is awesome.

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  6. I think this is a great idea! So many ways to make a pair of pants perfect. I need to get over my fear of wasting fabric and just give it a try! Thanks for showing me this is totally do-able!

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  7. I love this and I’m gonna check it that pants fitting guide! I too have issues with pants. Thank you for being a part of this and sharing with us. Love the fabric on your to also!

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  8. What a great pattern and how amazing it is to be sure that it fits us ladies with these delicious curves thanks for everything you do cant wait to try them

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  9. I have never even attempted any kind of pants, I love your blogs. This is great that you collaborated with other blog sewists..that’s super awesome. Love this idea and cant wait to see what else you all sew up love notions style 😉

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  10. Thank you for describing what a great value this pattern provides. That’s a lot of stuff to help make great pants!

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  11. I think I need to buy this patten now, love the experiment! Can’t wait to see more patterns sewn 🙂

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  12. Thanks for all the details on your fitting process. I might even get the courage to give these a try myself!

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  13. Great fit on your 3rd ones n thank you for showing us 1 n 2 ‘s fittings… that’s so helpful to see the progress… I never thought this pattern would be for me but you have inspired me to save up n get this pattern soon… thank you !!!

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  14. Thank you for your encouraging post… I have been avoiding sewing pants due to the many fit adjustments required, but if you can stick with it & make 3 pairs (each better than the last) then hopefully a good fitting pair of pants will be achievable for me as well, & I can avoid getting too discouraged 🙂

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  15. Thank you for sharing your experience with sewing the Sabrina Slims! Pants are a challenge. I had decided not to get the Sabrina Slims because of my fitting issues. With all of you sharing your experiences I going to have to reconsider my decision. Thanks

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  16. This experiment is a great idea! I’m loving reading how each of you got along! Thank you for all the information and wisdom! Ps I so need the sabrina slims in my life!

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  17. Thank you for sharing everything about making pants. I have been hesitant to try making a pair because of the fit. It seems like this pattern has so much helpful information and support I should be able to end up with a pair of pants that will fit great

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  18. I have already purchased the pattern, but haven’t sewn it up yet. I appreciate the project you all have planned, I hope you keep going on many other patterns!
    I think my body is closest to yours, would you consider sharing your measurements or the size/s you started with before adjustments?
    Also is there anyway we could see a picture of the front waist-belly-crotch area without the tunic top covering it?
    I appreciate your comments on fabric choice as well. I hate sewing up a possibly misfitting muslin from a semi-expensive fabric, but it is important for getting the best fit in your final fabric! Your fit looks great, so it appears to have been worth the 2 previous ponte muslins!

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