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Left back pant leg wider than right back

fearyenot | Posted in Fitting on


I’ve recently used a not so very old issue of Threads Magazine to make a hip mold using duck tape, cotton tubing and automotive pinstriping.  Wow!  The right and left front are quite different–one dart needed on the left, two needed on the right.  The left and right backs are just as unique.  Although the fit is fabulous, I need some advice please!  I’ve found the left back, measuring along the crotch line from side seam to the inseam, is about 1″ wider than the right back at the same position.  So, using a commercial pattern as a guide to provide the look I want for the pant legs, my left back pant leg is 1″ wider at about the hip line all the way down to the hem than the right back.  This issue has not occurred with the right and left front pieces.  What advice is available? 

I’ve given thought to this and am concluding there’s some tie here as to why I feel store bought pants feel like they’re twisted on me!  Must be the lumbar scoliosis!

Please respond!


Anne Audette


  1. bea | | #1

    Congratulations!  You have done alot of work and seem to be doing a great job.  I know you shoulldn't change the left front or you will twist again, since you need the width at the seat, you can't remove any fabric higher than mid thigh.  Your only option would be to follow the seam line from mid thigh and reducing the left back leg

    as gradually as possible, on both sides.  Or you might try folding in two or three darts

    at the bottom of your pattern.  Once again these must be very gradual or you will have dart points, these you could end higher than with trimming the sides.


    1. fearyenot | | #2

      Hi Bea:

      Thanks for your response.  I'm going to chew on what you suggested.  This detailed drafting and alterations is new to me and many times I just need to think about it besides getting up in the middle of the night, look at what I'm doing, and then go back to bed.

      Well, the pants have been constructed with the left leg as is.  I have more fitting/alteration questions which I will post separately!

      Thanks again.


      1. bea | | #3


        You could try opening the seams of the left leg to mid tight and try easing some fabric out of the back. If it is going to keep you up at night. Good Luck. 

        1. fearyenot | | #4

          Hi Bea:

          Have made a lot of progress on the pants besides doing a lot of painting (inside and outside doors and their frames), so I'm back to fine tuning the pants. 

          Thanks for your encouragement!


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