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halleyscomet  Friend of PR
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Date: 8/14/12 4:45 PM

I'm just finishing up some elastic waist pants that have a front, side front, side back and back with the seam down the center. To lengthen the back crotch I did Nancy Zieman's slash and spread method. When sewing all the pieces together, the length at the side seams are the same for front, side front, side back and back but the inside leg on the back doesn't match up with anything. What the heck happened? If I cut the sides to match up then the pants are too short. The only think I can think of is when I lengthened the back crotch that it also lengthened the side seam but since the pants have a side back, it didn't effect that. That's the only think I can think of! I don't think I can salvage these! I should have stuck with my other method but I had to lengthen them so much that I think it would have thrown everything off grain. 1852
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Date: 8/14/12 8:42 PM

I sometimes get this with Lutterloh patterns and make the legs extra long, just in case. I don't know what you did, but it seems to be you're thinking along the right path about the back crotch and the side seam. Where did you lengthen the back crotch? Above or below the curve? If it was above the curve, this shouldn't have happened because the curve is what hangs on your hip and if I'm getting the picture right, it's the back leg piece that's too long. But if it was at or below the curve, then there is the problem. Did you also lengthen the front crotch in the same area?

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Date: 8/14/12 9:49 PM

I'm guessing back inside seam=inseam. You said it doesn't match up w/anything. Is it too short/long?

Some pants patterns have a shorter back inseam that has to be stretched to fit the front inseam. It's usually about 1/2 inch shorter. Do the instructions say to stretch or does the back leg pattern piece say to stretch?


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