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Suggestions on pants that still work with half a mile taken out of the length!
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Date: 4/22/12 11:44 PM

I am 5'2, and am on the hunt for a pants pattern.

I have looked through dozens and dozens of pants reviews, but every time I think I've found someone who looks a similar shape to me, I then discover they've added 4" to their length!

For reference, I am a size 18 in (Big 4) pants sizing, or a M/L in Kwik Sew, have a butt, and prefer a below waist height waistband. I tend to suit a bootcut or wide leg style, and look silly in skinny leg pants. My ideal inseam is about 29-30"

Any suggestions for pants patterns that still look right with a gazillion inches taken off the length?

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Date: 4/23/12 0:19 AM

Hi Wenznz.
I'm slightly shorter and there's no way pants are ever made for my height. Last year I spent some time getting pants to fit right.
I had lots of help from my sewing buddies and I was able to get help from a great teacher (Angie).
I enjoyed the fit of Burda pants 7746.
The McCalls pants 2874 was how I learnt my basic adjustments and proportions.
These are just my learnings. I hope you enjoy your pants journey.

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Date: 4/23/12 10:25 AM

wenznz - I am 5'2" with short legs (maybe a 27" inseam? I just hemmed pants the other day, but can't remember ) I haven't made pants in a long time, but I have fabric that is calling out to be made into a pair of nice, dressy trouser-leg pants, so I hope to do some soon.

I think the important clue is to alter the pattern in several places going down the leg. If you just chop off the bottom of the leg, you won't get the shape the designer intended. If there is a alteration line above the knee and one below the knee, you should be able to preserve the correct shaping. And you might think of adding one or more lines yourself if there is a lot of shaping so that each alteration is smaller and easier to redraw the lines.

Good luck and let us know how it goes!

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Date: 4/23/12 2:51 PM

Hi wenznz,

I am 5'1" and a size 12-14 in the Big 4 pants patterns. I am a proportioned petite with an hourglass shape. I have had good luck with the Clover pants pattern, and with the Soho pants. Do you know those 2 patterns? I have also had good luck with S5921. The Simplicity has no waistband and wide legs.

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I just finished some Soho pants in a chocolate Ponte di Roma knit. I used a flat elastic waistband and no zipper. They look pretty good They hang from my hips and have some width.

The Clovers I have made are not nearly as tight as shown on the link above. Mine are actually a little baggy, but they are straight leg pants.

I have started marking my knee on the patterns, and then altering above and below the knee if necessary. This is in addition to all the minute alterations for the crotch area!!

Good luck!

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Date: 4/23/12 7:32 PM

Ladies, thank you for the suggestions

Velosewer - I think I probably have the 'Burda butt', so am pleased for another good suggestion to try.

Tourist - I was aware of the multiple shorten lines on most patterns, but hadn't thought to add extra to keep the leg shape. Will definitely keep that in mind.

Marec - I have the Clover pattern, but had been put off by how fitted they look in the photos and in other reviews. I'm pleased to know your experience was different.
I hadn't considered the Soho pants because I thought they looked quite high waisted, but again good to know different.

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Date: 4/24/12 6:49 AM

I've spent this last year getting pants to work for me. I started out with Burda's petite patterns from the magazine since they are drafted for a 5'3" person. In reality, once I got a length I liked (when I take out length, I do so in 2 or 3 places which cuts down on distortion), I found it's not much different than taking out length on tops. It's just one of those alterations that I make. I actually look forward to it because it takes quite a lot less yardage to make a pair of pants for me than a taller person. :)

I would definitely recommend Burda in general though. They fit really great right out of the gate which is encouraging if you haven't fit pants before. Good luck!

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Date: 4/24/12 3:40 PM

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I have the Clover pattern, but had been put off by how fitted they look in the photos and in other reviews. I'm pleased to know your experience was different. I hadn't considered the Soho pants because I thought they looked quite high waisted, but again good to know different.


OMG, they are so tight in the photo! Rockabilly pants, which are just fine...but that's not my style. So, I just fitted my waist to thigh. As for the Soho pants, they really sit at the natural waist. I don't wear my blouses in so the height isn't an issue for me. I highly recommend the pattern for both woven and knit pants.

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Date: 4/25/12 7:15 PM

I think Elizabeth made this is onto it regarding taking out the length in a few spot to leave the design lines intact.

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Date: 4/26/12 12:08 PM

I've worked with KwikSew 3625 and have shorter legs (27" inseam)

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Date: 4/26/12 5:53 PM

The thing to remember is that you can't just cut off at the hem. If you need to shorten more than 2" fold out above and below the knee. Or if you are short from waist to crotch you can fold out a tuck above the crotch. Really full pants are probably not going to be flattering on you and capris are probably not your best friend.

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