I need to alter a sewing pattern. it is for a traditional style pair of jeans. (Kwik Sew #2123.) I need to remove 1″ from the waist all the way around. On any other pants pattern I would just take it out at the side seams dividing it down to 1/4″ inch off of each piece. However, there are front pockets that join into the side seams and I don’t want to interfere with them because the pocket openings on each side of the front would end up smaller across
the front. Plus there is front pocket lining and front pocket insert piece as well.
The only other time I did a pair of pants with a waistband, it happened to fit perfectly… Now that’s luck. This time, it needs some help though.
I did think that maybe I could fold out 1/4″ along the top in the middle of the front piece tissue and also in the middle of the back yoke piece tissue. That would total an inch when X by 4. Would this be the correct way to handle it?
The other thing I think I could think is to go ahead and take it out on the side seam and move the pocket opening over 1/4″ toward the center front to keep the pocket the same size?
Or should I just run an ease line to fit the pants to the waistband? After all it would be just 1/4 inch on each panel to ease in.
I know how to do all the other changes to the pattern, but I just want to be sure I handle the waist properly.
Any help is appreciated,
Edited 4/15/2007 4:26 am ET by surya