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Fitting pants to a flat bottom

pjrsews | Posted in Fitting on

I am new to this discussion thing and hope I can figure it out. I am a fairly experienced sewer, but am tearing my hair out about getting pants to fit (aka flat seat).  I read some old posts, one of which mentioned an attachment with a diagram, but I can’t seem to get to it.  I would welcome any suggestions on either pants fitting or how to get to attachments.  Thanks.  pam


  1. rjf | | #1

    Do you know the number of the message that has the attachment?        rjf

    1. pjrsews | | #2


      The number of the post was 1385.10.  The jpg file was also referenced in 1385.12.



      1. rjf | | #4

        Well, I thought I could get to those messages by their numbers but no such luck!  But in reading the message from teaf, I thought of another approach.  If the pants are zippered in the front, sometimes a 2-piece waist band works better.  You sew it on before sewing the back seat seam.  You can adjust as teaf suggested but you can also taper the waist band towards the top when you sew the back seam which helps the fit.  rjf

  2. Teaf | | #3

    As an experienced sewer with the same problem, I've tried many of the published methods of altering pants, but I can almost always solve the problem much easier by simply attaching the waistband slightly lower across the back.

    Just before attaching the waistband, I try on the pants and tug upwards on the center back until they drape neatly, then I mark the new waistline seam.

    On some patterns, my waist seam is 1/2 to 1 inch lower in the back, and that single adjustment also helps the side seams fall straight and keeps the front from bunching into horizontal folds.

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