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Adjusting trousers (pants)

Mary_Barnes | Posted in The Archives on

Can anyone give advice on taking up children’s trousers (pants) so that they don’t look odd?


  1. Elona_Masson | | #1

    Mary, do you mean shortening the pants or making
    them smaller in girth? My son was exceptionally
    tall and thin, so much so that if the pants were
    long enough in the leg, they were never small
    enough in the waist. I used to putin one or two
    very smoothly tapering darts (to avoid the bunchy
    look) on each side of the center back seam. Worked
    fine f

    1. Mary_Barnes | | #2

      *The problem is shortening the legs without the trousers ending up looking like Oxford Bags.

      1. Elona_Masson | | #3

        *Mary, right now your kid would be very fashionable with huge pant legs, if he or she is old enough for that to matter.Maybe what's going on is that the pants need to taper a bit toward the ankle to maintain the proper line. To see if that's the case,measure the original hem circumference, and compare it to what you get when you turn the pants up. If the pants turn out to need tapering, that would involve turning the pants inside-out, flattening the legs, and chalk-marking a new, tapering seamline down to the desired hemline, then "flaring" the turned-up portion a bit to match the taper above (so that it's big enough not to cause puckering when you stitch it in place). Perhaps this will help a bit with your problem

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