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amapola | Posted in Patterns on

I have a simplicity pattern #8480. I think I bought it in the 80’s or so. Finally I have the time to sew the tap shorts but the problem is that I am a size 14 on top and a 16 on the bottom now. Would it throw off kilter if I added two inches on the side seams to make it a 16? I goggled simplicity but they did not have the pattern. Any help is really appreciated. Amapola

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  1. jjgg | | #1

    adding 2 inches on the side seams may or may not help. Make it up in muslin with extra large seam allowances - on all seams - and fit from there.

  2. Palady | | #2

    As jigg posted just adding to the side seams can be limiting.  Generally an equal amount has to be addes to all the seams.  So to add 2", you'd need to add 1/2" to the side and center seams.  If there a 4 seams that is.

    Doing a muslin is well suggested and one you should seriously consider.

    nepa

  3. gowngirl | | #3

    Hmmmm.... Simplicity has used that number a few times now, so good thing you referenced the tap pants! This is so easy to do...Since the pants are an elastic waist, definitely add 1/2" to the side seam of the front and back pants pattern, all the way up to the waist. This will add the additional 2" total that you need to make it a size larger. Even if your waist is smaller (size 14), you'll not experience any grief at all with a casing (which is probably what the instructions call for anyway). Many times a muslin is useful, but your change is not drastic enough to warrant it this time. Happy Sewing!laura
    http://www.gownsbylaura.com

    1. amapola | | #4

      Thank you everyone. You have helped me tremendously. The muslin is beginning to fit. I just have to do a few changes and ready for the real thing. You are all wonderful in answering questions. Amapola

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