Jul 14 2018
Some time ago I wrote about how took apart an old (15 years +) pair of well fitting jeans to make a pattern. It took me a long time and had no directions. I made notes as I put it together. There were many times when I almost gave up in despair. However, I persevered with difficulty and ended up with a perfectly fitting pair. I subsequently bought a pattern mainly for the directions especially the fly. When I compared my pattern to the purchased pattern, I found a big difference especially in the crotch curve. Had I used a commercial pattern, the jeans would not have fit properly. I also found the ones I made are much more professional in the details. I have bought more fabric and will tackle the jeans in different colours.
If a commercial pattern fits your body, use it. But if not, it is well worth the effort to pick apart an old garment.