I thought I’d sit down and whip up a muslin of the Bella pants finally, and everything was going great until I tried to attach the yoke pieces to the rest of the pants. I found I had at least FIVE extra inches of yoke in the back. This seems pretty ridiculous, and I can’t figure out how I managed it. I double checked the pattern pieces, I checked that my side seams were aligned, and I still can’t figure out how there could be so much extra length in the yoke compared to the rest of the pants.

Has anyone else had this problem? Am I going crazy? I’m sewing a size 46.

I will probably abandon this pattern, because even if I slashed five inches off the yoke there are many other fit issues. I’m a pear (44" on the hips, 29" in the waist), and the fit was really terrible when I pulled them on. The crotch depth was much too shallow for me, the side seams were too far to the back, the pockets looked a mess. What a bummer. I’m not a novice sewer – I followed the directions carefully and I just don’t understand how things could go so wrong. Is this just a bad pattern for my measurements? There are so many cute successful versions posted by other people. Is this just a difficult pattern that needs lots of adjustments?

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    Mar 6, 2013, 04.00 AMby ellipech

    i just read your post ( i know you wrote it 2 yrs ago… but who knows you migt still be interested ti give them another go,haha).i just finished my muslin and started on the “real” fabric an hour ago, i am petite sized so had to grade everything down from a 34 to 32, but the fit is great and no issues with the pattern. are you sure you didnt accidently resize it when printing (made it smaller or somethig)?thats the only reason i can think of, other than that you shouldnt really have any problems with the pattern… however the pants might not be the best fit for you (as you mentioned), i have a rather boyish figure and find that they fit really well. i hope this helps (or at least stimulates you to give them another try,haha) elli

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