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LENA
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Date: 11/5/07 1:21 PM

My pants pull above the knees. It drags from the side towards the part just above the knee in the front.
The pants look great when Iím standing still, but it pulls when walking. Itís very uncomfortable so I need a solution.
Iíve felt this in all different types of pants from slim jeans to wide trousers, so I donít think it has anything to do with the width of the pants leg.
I donít think it has to do with the length of the crotch because it feels right. The crotch don't hang down towards the knees.
In books Iíve looked in they only write about pants pulling in the front crotch or the upper part of the thighs.
Iíve tried many different solutions, but nothing helps. Iíve added and taken off extra length to the front crotch and back crotch in different combinations. Added or taken in the side seam and the in seam of the leg.
Have I missed the right combination of changes or is it something very different?

I would be very thankful for any help. It's a big problem that I canít solve.
THANK YOU!

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Date: 11/5/07 5:58 PM

I wonder if it has something to do with the angle of your leg?

Can you post a photo and show us where it pulls?

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Date: 11/6/07 6:30 AM

How about taking a tuck across the front between the knee and crotch level?

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Date: 11/7/07 12:15 PM

Quote: LENA
My pants pull above the knees. It drags from the side towards the part just above the knee in the front.

The pants look great when Iím standing still, but it pulls when walking. Itís very uncomfortable so I need a solution.



Maybe you need to add width to the front of your pant legs above the knee. Is your leg relatively thick above the knee? (compared to the rest of you)

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Date: 11/7/07 12:42 PM

My first thought was that it had to be a grain problem, but since this is consistently a problem for you, that can't be it. Do you have enough ease on the outer, upper thigh?

Charity

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Date: 11/7/07 12:48 PM

Still mulling this over...

I looked at your profile and noticed you listed your body type as "pear." Do you think your body width below the waist is mostly across the rear from hip bone to hip bone or in the width of the thighs? Are your side seams falling where they should down the center of your outside leg or are they pulling to the front or back?

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Date: 11/7/07 3:30 PM

I'm afraid you're going to have to post a picture of your legs in the pants . Can you take a photo with a pair of pants that has some texture or a print so the grain shows?

It really sounds like the pants are trying to twist on you because the grain was cut wrong. Since this happens all the time, it may be that there is something about your figure or your stance that is duplicating this behavior.

But, I think the lack of responses here (among the large number of people interested in fitting pants) indicates that there's no way for us to tell without seeing it.

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Date: 11/8/07 3:14 AM

May I jump in here with what sounds like the same problem. Like Lena I find this same problem with all pants. I get bunching across the top of the front thighs (could be prominent tummy causing this) and uncomfortable pulling above the knee when taking a stride. When standing still the pants look pretty well perfect the same as Lena said.

The problem, it seems to me, is coming from the back of the pant leg. I had these wool pants made for me by a reputable dressmaker (we are not the only ones who do not understand why a problem occurs).

My feeling is that it may have something to do with a combination of a forward-sitting pelvis and a flat derriere in the first place, as fabric must be taken from the back of the pant at thigh level in order to correct bagging there. I also have high hip fluff so this may be playing a role as well.

I haven't sewn pants since the days when they were pleated in front and I suspect the pleats hid a problem that is now revealed by a flat fronted pant. A wider leg would no doubt cure the problem but I don't like wide legs in pants.

You can see here what I'm talking about. If I were to lift my leg higher there would be wrinkling all along the front thigh. It's as if there is not enough fabric at the front and so it must be forcibly borrowed from the back leg but surely there must be a way around this.

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Date: 11/8/07 11:18 AM

My pants often pull in the front thigh when I walk. This pull is symmetric - it just feels tight. It's caused by large thighs, especially ones that are large in front. Pleated pants have more room in front and are one solution. Or there are other alterations for large thighs in FFRP, etc. els has posted an alteration somewhere - I'll post a link if I can find it.

Pants that pull from the hip to the inner thigh can be caused by large inner thighs, or knock knees. (I have both! ) Sandra Betzina has an alteration for knock knees in Fast Fit. Or you can try Debbie Cook's method here.

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Here it isHere it is!
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Date: 11/8/07 9:16 PM

Irene, thank you for that link. I'm hoping it holds a solution for me.

My thighs are actually quite thin (at least one pattern size smaller than the pelvic area) butnow that I study them, the tops of the thighs do look like they jut forward a little. It is now obvious to me why I get bunching across the area where leg joins trunk, compounded by a prominent tummy.

I will allow a little more front thigh room when I have time to make pants again to see if it helps with the pulling above the knees.

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