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narrowing the pant leg
bookwormbethie
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Date: 2/22/12 2:44 PM

Hello everyone. I've made up Simplicity 2224 -- see my review if needed -- it's a very nice pant with seaming details. There are 4 pattern pieces I believe for each pant leg + a front pockets that are sewn over each front seam. However, the pant legs are really too wide for me.

I recently made up Simplicity 2061 -- also reviewed -- and this pair fits so much better! There are 2 pattern pieces for each pant leg plus the pocket/yoke.

I'd love to use the pattern pieces from S2061 to help modify S2224 to having a much less baggy pant leg. I would prefer to leave the pattern pieces intact for S2224 when cutting out from my fabric and simply use a larger seam allowance rather than the 5/8" the pattern calls for.

Any tips on "walking" (this is a term I saw elsewhere in the forums!) pattern S2224 to make it fit more like S2061? I was thinking of laying out the front pant and side front pant pattern pieces from S2224 over the one front pant pattern piece for S2061 and see what kind of seam allowance adjustments need to be made. (Ditto for the back and side back pieces from S2224 with the back pant piece for S2061). Although this may be tricky to keep the proportions right because I'm not sure (I don't have the pattern with me) if the front and side front pattern pieces are the exact same width.

(The pockets on S2224 are NOT sewn into any sew seam allowances, but I have no idea if possibly decreasing the bagginess or wideness of the pant leg will affect pocket placement or how the pocket looks overall.)

Whew, so many words! Any advice appreciated!


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