Wrinkles

Sigh……

These are all images I gathered from around the web. The first two are from Oprah.com where they were actually discussing “Khaki Pants for Every Body Type.” The third is an image that popped up on my blog reader from Erica B’s DIY Style in which she so well points out the question of why we bother with pant alterations (which can be rather involved, if you know what I mean) when we have such great examples of poor fitting pants on the red carpet.


And why do we? Thoughts on this? Would you wear these pants? Do you consider these examples to be poor fitting? I must say that even if “whiskers” are the style that is the very first place my eye is drawn. And is that really a good thing since its right in the crotch area? I mean, we need to learn how to flatter the crotch with pants, but I dare say probably not draw attention to it. After going through painstaking efforts to fix your pant muslins (I’ve read some of you are on muslin #5!) how do you feel about this?

xoxo,

Sunni

  • Ashley - Yuck, I hate the dreaded crotch wrinkle! It’s completely unflattering and was a huge problem for me with the muslin for the second pattern I chose (which I’ll upload to flicker soon). It’s completely unflattering, drawing attention to the crotch and upper thighs.
    This is my main reason to wanted to learn to sew pants; I think it may be less time consuming to perfect a pants pattern than to always be on the hunt for well fitting dress pants! I would never ever wear these.
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  • Jen - OMG! I am way behind on this sew-along, but the pics you just posted remind me of what my muslin is currently doing. The “whiskers” are making me crazy! For me, I believe this whiskering is the result of my pear-shaped waist/ hip area (waist fits fine, hips are pushing it. . .) So I am torn on whether to let out the sides near my hips, or mess with the crotch seams. But to answer your question – yes, I think these look poor fitting. I see this type of fit on women every day . . . perhaps it is the result of wearing rtw pants that do not accommodate the unique body shapes that many of us have.
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  • Mia - This may sound scary, but I always thought whiskers were pretty unavoidable until I started reading your pant alteration posts! I’ve apparently never owned a pair of pants that fit properly. I can’t wait to make my own and banish whiskers from my pant wardrobe forever!
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  • oonaballoona - my husband hates. HATES. those whiskers. i have a full seat so it’s almost unavoidable in RTW. this is a great example of how we’ll accept those flaws in RTW but stuff our own mistakes deep into the recesses of our closets before wearing them!
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  • Erica B. - Five muslins? Wow… I am NOT that committed! LOL I would probably just either roll with what the second one gave me and nip/tuck as much as possible OR just wear skirts and dresses.
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  • Janice - That’s the difference between sewing your own clothes and wearing RTW. I personally think it’s worth it to fit pants — although I might go one step further and just draft a pants block to fit my measurements rather than go through many muslins…
    I also think we tend to be more critical of the things we make rather than the things we buy because we feel we have more control over every step of the process.
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  • susan - I would NEVER wear pants like that! Oh, the shame! They are better than the more-awful CT. My husband explained what that was to me and asked how women could stand it. I have no idea how anyone could stand it. (If you don’t know what it is, I’m not sure I should explain –it’s a bit rude).
    While I’m not part of the sew-along I want to say Thank You for all the work you’ve done. I’ve been reading all the fitting posts twice!
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  • Andrea - Well, it depends on your body and shape. I find it pretty much impossible to make pants fit me perfectly all over and I even tried with a professional tailor during eight weeks. And we had to admit that it wasn’t possible: it is either perfect for my flat behind or perfect for the front with a bit of tummy and strong thighs. As soon as we tried to get them both right it ended up in an extremely uncomfortable feeling …
    And those whiskers: after sitting in the office for ten hours you will get them anyway even if the pants were perfectly fitted. For me the contrary is much worse: a crotch with too much room – something like this: http://www.michou-loves-vintage.de/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/2fa9cf6d-1d5e-1e08-f6bb-5e27cc1f94e2.jpg
    Now no whiskers but doesn’t she look deformed? And the need to look at this part is the same.
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  • Rebecca - But surely even with well fitting pants they crease to form whiskers when you sit down, so they only look whisker free straight from the ironing basket?! Especially skinny fit. Out of paranoia I just checked my trousers and although there is no taughtness or pulling in the crotch area of my pants they have whiskers because I have been sitting at my desk in them for two days at work. Granted, those three don’t look good. I was reading Erica’s blog the other day and Halle’s pants are v-e-r-y tight.
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  • ban clothing - Whisker always make me think ‘wow, those pants are too tight’. Then I conclude that people are wearing too small pants because they don’t want to go up from a size 0. When pants whisker in the crotch I think it makes people look wider than if they wore one size up.
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  • Dei - I try to wear things that fit and whiskers are a sure sign something’s pulling somewhere. I don’t mind wrinkles from wear, but Halle’s are just poor fitting. Specifically is you have more junk in your trunk, the crotch depth get’s thrown off and voila, whiskers!
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  • Something in the Way She Sews - I don’t think the wrinkled look is at all good, but I think the problem is that people don’t realise that it’s there. I think wrinkles are far more obvious in photos (particularly with flash) so when people glance in the mirror to check the fit, they just don’t notice them.
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  • Brooke - Really?
    Seriously, the wrinkles are a problem?
    I agree with the posters who’ve said you’re going to get wrinkles if you sit down in your pants for any length of time. I also agree with the person who said we as sewists might be more critical of what we make because we have more control over the process. (To whom I say, honey, let your freak flag fly. Be imperfect. Perfection is the voice of the oppressor!)
    As to people looking “deformed” because they have too much length in the crotch or bad because there are wrinkles over their lower stomach… I can’t say I agree. They’re just wrinkles. And let’s face it, we’re not coat hangers. We’re trying to fit the human body, which is imperfect, which moves and stretches.
    And wrinkles.
    I’m not trying to be a troll here; I’m a big Cupcake Goddess fan and I don’t want to start any sh*t. I just don’t get what the big deal is all about. Yes, there are wrinkles there in the crotchal zone. If someone’s eye is drawn there, that’s that guy’s problem. He should get his mind out of the gutter. All of these women look lovely, as far as I’m concerned.
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  • welovesewing - Even if pants fit perfectly when you are standing straight, chances are that you will get whiskers/wrinkles if you are posing in any other position especially if one leg is in the air. I live in the Philippines and after I have sat down for any length of time, any pair of pants i will have wrinkles hot pressed in due to perspiration and body warmth. That said, Halle Berry’s pants do look too tight. I would personally never buy/sew a pair of pants which does not fit properly in the front. It’s much harder to say the same as before the digital camera, it was really hard to see what you really looked like from behind without using 3 full length mirrors! Now all you need to do is take a good friend and camera with you!
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  • Sharon - I think I am the 5 Mulsin person, but it isn’t as bad as you think. Each time I did 1 alteration I made this a Muslin set e.g. Muslin 2 was the tuck out of the crotch depth, Muslin 3 the reduction of the inseam etc, so I could see what was happening with each change, a bit time consuming but found it very interesting and learnt that you need to persevere. All the gory details are on my blog if you want to know more.
    I definately don’t like whiskers and will not wear trousers with them as I dislike that attention.
    The wear wrinkles are different to whiskers, and I don’t mind those as they tend to be (for me) across my tummy and not at the crotch.
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  • livebird - I didn’t see the wrinkles, I was too busy thinking, BLEUCCCH, KHAKI.
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  • G h a i n s o m - I’d totally wear any of these and I don’t perceive them as ill-fitted. You will get wrinkles in any garment as you move (the crotch on pants, the same area on skirt, sometimes also the butt on skirts or the back on tops even if you don’t have a sway back). I’m fine with it.
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  • Kristin P. - My mom didn’t let me out of the house when my pants looked like that. I can recall one specific set of trousers that I loved so very much. I came down from my room in them, and the very first thing my mother noticed was how they didn’t fit (whiskers were present), and she expressed her disgust for my attempt to get away with wearing them looking like that.
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  • Terri B - I came to this site looking for answers to this very problem. It seems that every pant I try on these days has this problem, even if they otherwise fit well. It’s extremely frustrating. I wonder if the quality of the workmanship in pants in general has gone downhill. Now I’m off to return a pair of Theory pants I thought was high on the whisker scale and which you have all confirmed. Thanks!ReplyCancel