I have been working away on the Eureka Pant in between life events. I have to admit that I don’t have a lot of patience for pant fitting, so I’m trying to walk away for a few days if it really starts to stress me out. : ) Now, I will bring you up to date.
I’m beginning with the back, according to instructions. Here is a picture of the back of the first mock-up:
This is a pretty good fit, but after wearing it, looking at the picture, and walking and sitting a bit, I notice that the HBL (horizontal balance line) dips down slightly, mainly the first and second ones. If I pull it up to make the line straight, it feels tight in the crotch. The instructions say that, if this happens, either go up a size or go to the next larger back, which is back number 2. I decide that the overall fit is pretty good, so I use the larger back. Here is the result:
Oh dear, what happened to my almost perfect fit??? I guess back 2 is not the answer. So, now I decide to go with plan b, which is to use the original back (back 1) and make a slight adjustment to it. Here is the suggested adjustment:
After you do this adjustment, you have to realign the HBLs. I spread that wedge 3/8 inch. Here is the result:
Okay, here is where I get confused. Obviously, I have added too large of a wedge to the back crotch, but the HBL is still dipping. ARGH! So, instead of going back to the wedge adjustment and making it smaller, I decide to abandon the wedge adjustment altogether and move to the next possible adjustment. On reflection, I’m still not sure why I have made this decision, but I plunge forward anyway.
Now this next adjustment is only supposed to be used if the two back horizontal lines are bowing out. I’m at the point where I can easily see anything I want to see, so I say to myself, “Heck, yes, I can see the lines bowing!” If you can’t, I completely understand. The adjustment is to scoop out the back crotch slightly. I ask my friends at ASG if this sounds good, and they concur. Scooping it is. Here is the result:
I have more length in the back crotch now, but also, I still have wrinkles under the behind. I only scooped 1/4″. My gut is telling me I should go back to the wedge adjustment and just add 1/4″ (before the scoop-out).
I keep going back to the first picture and thinking it looks pretty good. Maybe I’m just imagining that the back crotch is too short – and that the HBL lines are dipping.
Can you see why this process could drive one to drink rather heavily?