Trouser pattern

I have been working on a trouser pattern for a customer with a non-standard body shape – basically ordinary trousers don’t fit, so I drafted a pattern from scratch using her body measurements and this book.
I then checked the finished block against the great article in Threads, January 2006 about body space and trouser fitting, and it seems to have worked. I don’t know why more professional dressmakers don’t just draft patterns from scratch, it seems to me a whole lot easier than adapting patterns that are made for shapes that no real women actually have! At least for simple shapes like trousers. Its a lot more fun too. I may change my mind entirely on this once I have tried fitting the toile of course…

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