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Message Board > Fitting Woes > how to alter crotch depth in rtw pants ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 11/16/08 11:12 PM

I was desperate ( no time to sew at all) and got a couple of rtw pants that are an inch too long in the front stride. I could not get them smaller as they came with jackets that were the right size. Can I take them up in the crotch area somehow or must I take the band off ( no small task)? I am thinking I read somewhere that people who do alterations do them in the crotch area but can't remember how they did this. I will also need to hem them so any effect on the length won't matter. I would appreciate any advice on this.

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Date: 11/16/08 11:20 PM

I have this problem with some RTW too and have posted this technique before. Rip out the crotch seam about 2-3 inches on each side of the inseam, then rip out the inseam for about 6 inches. Resew the inseam so that it is wider at the crotch seam and blends in with the original inseam at the lower end of the area you ripped out. Then resew the crotch seam and it will be closer to the body there. The amount you will add to the inseam will vary for each pair of pants. I baste the inseam and crotch seam and try them on before the final sewing. HTH.

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Date: 11/17/08 7:51 AM

Thank you , this sounds lots easier than taking the waistband off as there is lots of stitching there. I may try taking a little more from the front inseam if that seems like it may work when I get them pulled apart. They are a little big as well. I am sorry I missed this-thanks for repeating this for me.

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Date: 11/17/08 10:21 AM

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I am sorry I missed this-thanks for repeating this for me.

Oh, I'm sorry! I didn't intend to make you feel like you should know it's been posted previously.

And I think your idea of taking a bit more off the front seam is worth investigating. I guess that's why they invented basting?

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Date: 11/17/08 2:02 PM

"To shorten the crotch and leave the leg size intact, turn the slacks inside out and sew the inner leg seams deeper into the crotch area.

Start about 7" down the inseam then gradually taper the seam up into the crotch, taking out about 1/8".

Try on and sit to see if this is comfortable before you trim away the excess seam.

If you need to take up the crotch more, do another 1/8" seam, and so on, until you get a comfortable fit."

This is from Jan Saunders' Wardrobe Quick-Fixes

I have had this book in my personal library for many years and it has saved the day more than once.

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Date: 11/20/08 7:38 AM

No problem , I need to spend more time this winter reading and reading on here. There is so much help available on here. I have very little sewing time presently due to my daughter's being on bedrest for the past 6 weeks and still counting. She is doing well but I am never at home to thread a machine anymore. Thanks so much.

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Date: 11/20/08 7:41 AM

Your post is timely as I need to attempt this morning to fix the pants to the suit. Hopefully the advice on this post, I can fix them without messing with the band. They are not bad in back but the front stride could be up to my bra. I need them to weqr for a baby shower tomorrow. I will have a look at the book - sounds like something that would come in handy. Thanks.

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