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Front of pants and inseam alteration

Michelle_Wardlow | Posted in Fitting on

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I am in the middle of making some pants. The back fits fine. It has elastic in the back and a center back zipper which appear okay. I put the zipper in by hand. The pants also have side pockets. The pants are too big in the stomach and the inseam is too long. I increased my four front darts in the front up but it didn’t solve my problem. I am thinking about increasing the center front seam from 5/8 say to 1 1/4. If I do this will it decrease the amount of fabric in the stomach and at the same time raise the inseam where it does not hang down so far? This is my first pair of pants and I used a McCall’s women’s petite pattern but am still having problems. Any suggestions? I love sewing but find fitting and tearins seams out so frustrating. It seems as if nothing ever fits me right.

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  1. Elona_Masson | | #1

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    Michelle, first I would suggest you try a Burda pattern. Their crotch curve is much more lifelike than that of any of the "Big Four" pattern companies, and the size range and options in each envelope are unbeatable. Second, get Singer's book, "Sewing Pants That Fit" (www.amazon.com is a source) and Sandra Betzina's great pants video (at http://www.sandrabetzina.com). Third, go over to http://www.sewingworld.com, where there are great discussions of pants-fitting under the "Patterns and Fitting" topic. And finally, there's a good pants-fitting discussion right next to your message at this site.

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