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Crotch fit

kayrosie | Posted in General Discussion on

Goodmorning to everybody. I have a problem.  Don’t know if it is possible or not.

I made my granddaughter a pair of really cute pants, she is is 11, wanted a zipper and waistband, well the crotch ended up being to big.  Can somebody tell me if I can do anything about it. I am bummed.  The are really cute.  They are (I know I am not spelling this right) couchos.  Darn I hope I can fix the.  She is skinny thing so she does not have a tummy or butt to take them up in that area. 


  1. user-51823 | | #1

    yes they can be fixed. there was a recent discussion about this- sorry i don't have time to search it right now but my computer is acting slow. basiclly, consider undoing the seams in hip sides up to waist and in crotch area. to find new seam lines, you will be taking up more out of the back than the front pieces. search recent discussions, possibly past 2 months, with keywords 'resizing pants" or "crotch" for some detailed info already posted."...lost in an orchestral maelstrom of lunacy...".
    do you live in the same town? it's best if you can fit them onto her body.

    Edited 2/1/2007 10:16 am ET by msm-s

  2. woodruff | | #2

    Unfortunately, to get nicely-fitting pants, you really do need your "victim's" measurements: Waist, hip, inseam and outseam for sure, but also something called the "stride." To get this one, tie a piece of elastic around her waist. Then, take a tape measure and put one end of it at the bottom of the elastic at her belly button, and run it between her legs, up to the back waist elastic. It should be held as close to her body as she wears her pants, and in general, that's closer than you'd think. A low crotch is unflattering, and it also restricts leg movement. Then, lay out your pattern pieces, and run a tape measure on edge along the front and back crotch seams. You will almost certainly have to shorten both front and back, if you're using one of the American Big Four patterns. You may not have to if you're using Burda, which generally has a better crotch curve.

    The style of your pants is probably the gaucho. Argentinian cowboys are called gauchos, and they wear tall boots with very loose, wide-legged pants.

  3. Josefly | | #3

    Hey kayrosie, how in the world do you have time to make gauchos with all the wedding sewing you're doing? Hope that's going smoothly, by the way. :>)

    As far as altering the gauchos, I hope someone can tell you exactly how to do it - all I can imagine is that you'd have to remove the waistband and cut the pants from the top, to shorten the crotch length to match your granddaughter's measurement. That would mean cutting off the top of the zipper. And it would of course affect the darts, if any, and perhaps the side seams too. The pants length would be shortened as well, since they are effectively being raised on the body. Good luck - you seem to be very quick at getting things done.

    1. kayrosie | | #7

      I am doing great on the wedding bridesmaid dresses.  I have managed to do four of them and they are ready for the final fitting, hemming and so forth.  They are the junior bridesmaid dresses and the two flower girl dresses.   The flower girl dresses were the hardest with all of that netting, the tulle, and so forth.  They are very pretty and I am anxious to try them on the girls.  Yesterday my daughter and I cut out four of the five bridesmaid dresses.  I have them all marked and ready to go.  I do not have the lining cut out yet for them.  I wanted to make sure I had enough material, as I am lining them with the same fabric.  I have to line two of the complete dresses and one top of the other one.  I am right on schedule.  I want to sew on them some this week. I probably can to two of the skirts, and possibly the tops to go with them.  They are not hard at all.  Just time to do them.  Going to baby shower this weekend though and of course, it is Super Bowl Sunday so will probably having a party somewhere for that. 

      Thank for all you info.  I am sure I will be writing again.

      I think this site has helped me with questions.  I am so glad I found it.


      1. flossie | | #8

        Kayrosie, I am so looking forward to seeing photos of the bridesmaid dresses and I am very impressed with just how much sewing you fit into your days!

        Good on you!


        1. kayrosie | | #10

          Thank you so much for your kind words. I really love to sew and actually I do it to unwind.  I am not very good about just sitting around watching tv. I like to be doing something.  So if I can sew I can have the tv on listen to it, or a movie an listen to it.  I missed my time in life I think. I would have liked to live back when you order dresses from the dressmaker and she made them to fit and designed them and all.  I would love to do that. So I do it for my daughters, granddaughters and whoever wants me to sew for them. My new daughterinlaw is way excited about me sewing. I can see I will be sewing for her and her family too. I guess it is my job.  My daughter loves to sew also.


          1. flossie | | #11

            Kayrosie  I know just what you mean  -  I hope to be able to retire next year so I will have more time to sew and perhaps take on some dressmaking to support my fabric collection! I sew for my family and their friends at present and if I can maintain my new years resolution to lose weight, I will sew for myself again. I have been making the effort to walk each day and be more conscious about what I eat - so far down two kilos since Jan 1.

            Happy sewing

            Pauline (Melbourne Australia)

            Edited 2/2/2007 5:52 pm ET by flossie

      2. Josefly | | #9

        Ditto, Pauline's message. Also, congratulations on being able to delight an 11-year-old girl. I didn't like ruffles either, as a young girl - only when I got to be in my late teens did I want to bother with them.

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    Becky-book | | #4

    There is a post that explains how to take in the inner leg seams thus raising the crotch curve.  If she is skinny and the pants were loose enough to begin with that might work on this pair them make the other poster's corrections to your pattern for next time. Sorry I don't have time to search for it right now.

    Must run,


    1. SkiNsew | | #5

      Here is some info on how to do it.  HTH


      Edited 2/2/2007 9:08 am ET by skiNsew

      1. kayrosie | | #6

        Thanks so much for your answer to the questions. I really kinda lucked out.  This pattern had an almost three inch waistband on it.  My granddaughter is 11, did not like where the waistband was supposed to fit so, she likes them to ride lower, so I removed the waistband, took some darts up in the front and back, she is so skinner, and I am taking up the side seams a little too. My other daughter fitted her with them on and with the waistband off and the crotch is okay.  This is my first attempt at making pants for her with a zipper and no elastic in them.  I figured since she was getting older I should start making them that way.  She has gotten kinda picky about her clothes.  She likes them fit tighter, and leans toward levis.  Good thing she has  younger sister  and she likes the ruffles and all the girly stuff.  I am sure she will be different when she begins to little older.  I really liked this pattern it has a little shrug that goes with it.  She actually really likes the outfit just didn't like the way it fit. 

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