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How to Get Your Pants to Fit Better at the Back Leg

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While working at a menswear shop in the Atlanta area in the 1980s, I learned many techniques for altering ready-to-wear garments, including one for removing excess fabric from the back trouser legs. I continue to use this knowledge today when altering ladies’ clothing. If poorly fitting pants are an issue with your ready-to-wear or me-made clothing, consider this way to get your pants to fit at the back leg and below the seat.

In some cases, you can pinch out the excess along the back crease of the pants legs. If no crease is present,  just pinch out the desired amount below the seat at the center of the leg.
1. Place a pin vertically, as shown.

Pin placed vertically on back leg of women's gray menswear-look trousers

 

Close-up of pin in gray women's pants

2. Measure from the pin to the fold with a seam gauge or other device. Keep in mind that this amount needs to be doubled, as there is the same amount of fabric…

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  1. OzAnnie | | #1

    Sorry but I don't see any of the photos to which this article refers....

    1. ThreadsMagazineWeb | | #3

      Hi Annie, we apologize for the confusion. We had some technical difficulties and are rectifying them now. The full post will be made available soon - with pictures! Thank you for your understanding and patience! - Threads web team

  2. user-7641816 | | #2

    Me neither - it would be much easier if they were included :-)

    1. ThreadsMagazineWeb | | #4

      Hi there, you're right and we apologize for the confusion! We had some technical difficulties and are rectifying them now. The full post will be made available soon - with pictures! Thank you for your understanding and patience! - Threads web team

  3. mkk5000 | | #5

    Thank you! This was very helpful!

  4. KimberlyKra | | #6

    Thank you very much! I’ve often wondered how to eliminate the bagging at the back of pants. I can’t wait to try this weekend. I love seeing alteration tutorials, good ones are very hard to find.

  5. OzAnnie | | #7

    Thank you for adding the photos.
    As I see it, this alteration will decrease the back crotch length which may cause other problems.
    Definitely worth knowing though. Thank you.

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    pamhoward | | #8

    Hi OzAnnie,
    This alteration is very effective for those who need their pants adjusted due to excess fabric below the seat and at the upper thigh, and won’t necessarily cause additional problems. You may find it to be a technique that you can use along with other needed adjustments during your usual fitting process. Occasionally (but rarely), we would also need to do a side seam adjustment on customers who were very slim. Maybe I will do a post on that adjustment in the near future!
    Thanks so much,
    Pam

  7. OzAnnie | | #9

    Thank you Pam. This technique is definitely something I will add to my toolbox. Still trying to achieve the "perfect fitting pants".

    Cheers,
    Annette (OzAnnie)

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    Liza115 | | #10

    Brilliant! Thank you Pam. I always learn so much from you. Now that Bluprint is gone, I hope there is another way to see you "in action" so to speak. It would be great if Threads Online would take up the baton and offer full length classes from sewing professionals like you.

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