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Incorporate a Slimming Panel to Your Pants or Skirt

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One of my customers brought me some clothes to alter, and I noticed there was a panel sewn onto the pants front below the contoured waistband. It was made of power net, and I thought: “What a cool way to incorporate a slimming element into a garment.”

I took a picture of the original pants and figured out what the manufacturer had done. Many of you may have already seen this in some of your ready-to-wear garments. For those of you who haven’t, take a look. Note that on the leopard-print inspiration pants, the power net panel was attached as the garment was being made.

Ready-to-wear pants with power net panel

However, I was able to add it to a pair of yoga-style pants after they were purchased.

If you are adding a panel as you are making the garment, you machine-baste it to the pants or skirt front at the center front, sides, and…

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  1. user-6894301 | | #1

    Great idea- I’m going to try soon!

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    pamhoward | | #2

    Take care, Pam

  3. KHD | | #3

    How does this help if the lycra is the same size as the garment? Shouldn't there be some negative ease to help pull in the tummy?

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      pamhoward | | #4

      Hi, You don’t want to use more negative ease since the garment itself has negative ease. You can use a compression net fabric for the panel.

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