Pants adjustment

A few years ago, we travelled to Vietnam and I had some tailored pants made for me.
I am now able to fit into the pants, but they were baggy on the waist as well as wide in the leg. I don’t have time to make a new pair but the pants have a handy adjustment on the centre back waist that you can see below.
The pants look ok from the front.
From the back, there’s lots of room in the back leg, so until I’ll need to take some of the volume out of the back leg.
9 May update: Since making these pants, I’ve also realised that my front waist is lower than the pants. I think I’ll become an expert altering soon. Or, is a high waistline back in?

In knots – Butterick 5283

This pattern is doing my head in.

I made this top last week with spotted fabric and sleeveless. This time I’ve used a comfortable knit that has one way stretch and good memory. I’ve also only cut out one front piece, so this is not self faced. That saved me a bit of fabric but also made the top hang nicely without making me feel chunky.

I traced off the original outline under the chest and then dropped it by 3inches. The pencil on the pattern shows you how far I’ve moved the piece down.

The front now is looks very gathered because of the knot so I can live with it. As the sleeveless version hangs over the shoulders, I had to take 4cm off the shoulder seams to bring the sleeves back to my shoulders instead of down my arms. Did you notice that the twist is on the same side as the pattern drawing?

I took out the centre back fold so the back fits better. There’s still some work to do here as my right hips is higher than my left hip. This pattern could be another top that gets lengthened into a dress soon.

PS. The skirt is one that I made 4 years ago and I work it to work last week. It still fits, but it didn’t look like me so I’ve added a trim to make it fit into my current wardrobe look.