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Date: 5/25/12 1:16 PM

I'm almost done with pattern 6403 McCalls. I had to add 1.25" to the rise which made them fit great in the back, but the front is too high. I have the zipper in , the side seams sewn - pretty much all but the waistband. Can I simply trim the waist down about 1/2 - 3/4" from side seam to side seam tapering down and THRU the zipper and then back up to the side seam. then attach the waistband?

If this worksm then how should I cut the next pair? I would need the back and front to match at the side seams while keeping the higher back and the lower front. I"m not sure how to accomplish this.

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Date: 5/25/12 1:49 PM

I would baste the waistband on the pants first before trimming down the front. You are not lowering the waistband that much. Pin the waistand where you want it then baste. Try on the pants. If the band is where you want it, then sew with regular stitches, then trim away pants part.

For your future pants draw a horizontal straight line across the torso of the pants above the curve. If you are lowering the center front area, put a mark below this line the amount you want to lower it. Slice the horizontal line from the center front over to the side seam but not completely through it. Lower the top portion of the pattern to the mark you made and tape. This alteration removes the extra material in the center front. You are 'darting' out the extra material.

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Date: 5/25/12 2:34 PM

Since you have already made the pants, you can't do much more than you've already described. I've done a tutorial for a tilted waist skirt that had jean pockets and I think you might find it helpful.

Tilted Waist Alteration.

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Date: 5/25/12 10:00 PM

This pattern has front pockets which are exposed kinda like jeans pockets. how do I incorporate those? at least cutting it when I was done - made it easy. I just cut all the way across the zipper and the pockets. worked out really well! since I usd a rather heavy twill, almost like a denim - I had to skip the belt carriers. I couldn't get them to work out because the fabric was too 'sturdy'.

thanks for the advice! My next pair will be linen and easier to work with.

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