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clairezbo | Posted in General Discussion on

I have taken a pair of pants that fit me very well, and measured the crotch. I then took the pattern I am working on and applied the measurements. The front needed to be shortened, but the back was fine. Now my questions is do I just shorten the back of the pants in length to match the new crotch alteration????? I hope i have made y self clear. I shortened the front crotch 1″. So i figured the back of the pants will be 1″ longer than the front????????????

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  1. ValerieJ | | #1

    What you want to do is shorten at the center front and then taper up to the side seams. The side seams need to match, otherwise you'll be shortening all the way around and the center back will be too short.

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    Becky-book | | #2

    I am not sure, from your description, where you removed the 1 inch.  The crotch length is measured from waist front to waist back (between the legs) Crotch depth is measured from the waist straight down to a line perpendicular to the deepest point of the crotch curve.  Is it your length or depth that is wrong?

    Becky

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      clairezbo | | #3

      well, this is what i did. I measured the front crotch seam on a pair of store bought pants, then the back crotch seam. Then  measured the crotch seam on the pattern i was working on. The front seam on the pattern was 1 " longer than the store bought pants. The back seam was the same on the store bought as the pattern. I shortnend the pattern to match the store bought pants only on the front. so naturally the back of the pants when i cut them out were longer than the front. DUH!!!!! Was i stupid or what, If i sew for 100 years, i will allways find another mistake!!!!. Good thing it was a pair of p j's so I just shortened them to clam diggers, and all is well.  i guess i will next time tapper , so the crotch measure is what i want and tapper to the side seam????????

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        Becky-book | | #4

        I hope they still fit (with an inch missing from the back).  If they feel snug, you can "scoop" the crotch seam a little lower to avoid the "wedgies" feeling! HA!

        Becky

  3. SewNancy | | #5

    The side seams need to match. So, if you only need to shorten the front crotch you can use a dart like slit that is the amount at center front and goes down to zero by the side seam. But, do you mean crotch depth or length? Where is it shorter than your rtw pants? If it is at the crotch hook, then you really need less body room. Then I would add to the cf down to the curve and remove the same amount from the upper hip side seams to keep the ease the same. All additions or subtractions at the side seams need to finish before you get to the knee. hem and knee need to be balanced or the pants will twist.

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      clairezbo | | #6

      well, that makes sense. but you got it backwards. the ready to wear pants crotch front depth was shorter than the pattern. But if I just reverse what you said, it should work. I made the pattern 2 " shorter in the crotch depth. so if i understand you, Iwould then slit the pattern and spread it open the 2 " on the side seam, at the hip, so it matches the back?????

      1. SewNancy | | #7

        Yes, but make a muslin before you cut good fabric.

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          clairezbo | | #8

          you girls never let me down!!!!!! I'll let you know how i make out.

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