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pants have a baggy thigh feel

blingy | Posted in Fitting on

I hope someone can help me with fitting elastic waisted pull-on pants.  I have been trying to make simple pull on pants and every pattern does the same thing.  As soon as I pull them on I feel like the front thigh area is baggy and hanging down toward my knees.  RTW does not do this so I bought a pair of cheapies, took them apart and made a pattern from them.  I tried to duplicate them as closely as possible and they do the same thing, they create that sensation of hanging fullness just above the knees.  Also, I have also made several pairs of shorts, thinking I could just add legs if it felt right.  Where the hem of the shorts touch the front of my legs I can feel the hem tighten across my leg, and these are big legged shorts!  The side seam hangs straight but when I move my leg forward, the hem feels like it is digging into my leg.   I am pretty big in the waist area and have thin thighs so the leg widths are always big.  What can I do?


  1. starzoe | | #1

    Are you being sure to cut the fabric for the pants on the straight of the goods? This is always important but more so with pants.

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    Becky-book | | #2

    I feel your pain!!
    I am trying to help a friend make a pattern from a favorite garment. She is very large. One thing I noticed is that her waist is tipped down in front. She pushed the elastic waist down about 3 inches!! and the result was baggy fullness at the front of her thigh and a hem line that dipped. Her side seams were not straight. Check your waist... level or tilted, make SURE your side seams are really straight, make sure you are cutting on the same grain line as the RTW you are trying to copy.
    Hope this helps a little, wish I could see what you have going on!

    1. denise | | #3

      this also happened to me so i decided to learn how to perfect my zips and did a course , the latest pair i made have a side zip and they worked well i bought a marfy pattern and made it in muslin first, they sad very nicely on the hips.

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    Becky-book | | #4

    If you find that your waist is lower in front, you will need to remove some (tissue from pattern) from the front pieces until the pants hang as if the waist was level.

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