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kayrosie | Posted in General Discussion on

When I make pants for my daughter they fit everywhere but in the back.  When she sits down the waistband goes way down also.  What am I doing wrong. I have adjusted the crotch and then it is to big. 


  1. mem | | #1

    you need to lengthen specifically in the center back seam . You can do this by scooping out the back crotch seam or you can open up the back seam and add in horizontally from center back to the side seam but NOT in the side seam .Mmake up a muslin and try scooping first It really depends on how much the differnce is between where the pants are now and where you want them to be . She probaly has a nice pert butt and maybe her butt cheeks need a bit more length to accomodate them .

    1. kayrosie | | #2

      Okay I must be dense sorry. Scopping out the crotch. What do you mean by that.


      1. mem | | #3

        You arent dense at all it a perfectly reasonable question. There was an artcle about scooping in Threads article last year some time I think . Basically if you cut away some of the seam allowance on the back crotch curve you are in effect lengthening that curve and you are also increasing the amount of space inside the pants which can accomodate the butt.You need to experiment with how much you scoop out . I would start with 1/2 an inch or even less and do it on the curve . if you take alot out of the whole back crotch seam you may need to take the side seams in a bit . You really need to think about having a hollow vessle ( the tops of the pants) and scooping out to make it bigger . Make up the pattern you have but dont put on the waist band and the tie elastic around the waist and get you daughter to sit and stand up etc .Scoop out bit by bit so that the waist comes up to the elastic . I hope that helps!

      2. diday | | #4

        Here's an online publication that might help. http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/pubs/_c/C-227.html

        1. gracec | | #5

          The article is excellent! I can't wait to try the decreased buttocks.
          Oops, I'm giving away my age.

          1. kayrosie | | #6

            Article was good.  I am still not sure it is what I am looking for though. I will try.  If I use a yoke on her pants they fit much better so I am thinking I will just fine a good pattern with yoke and make them.  I usually stick to making skirts for her anyway since she can not wear pants to work. She either has to wear skirts or dresses.



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