Sewing Patterns, Pattern Review, Sewing Classes, Sewing Machines and Sewing Machine Reviews!
Platinum Sponsor: Stylish Fabric
Over 20,000 of high quality reorderable fabric

[SIGNUP - FREE Membership & 1 FREE Sewing Lesson ]
[Sewing Classes|Shopping Bag Your Shopping Bag|Login|Help]
Sewing Review and Pattern Reviews Sewing Knowledge Base Sewing Patterns Sewing Classes & Sewing Lessons Sewing Machine & Embroidery Machinery Sewing Message Boards Sewing merchants Blog Help/FAQ About Pattern Review
Enter your e-mail address:




Advanced Search
Tags
New to PR?
Sewing Machines
Compare Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine & Serger Reviews
Embroidery Machines
Sewing Reviews
Sewing Patterns
Review Gallery
Sewing Books
Sewing Supplies
Sewing Websites
Sewing Stores
Sewing Class Reviews
Sewing Expo Reviews
Sewing Tips & Techniques
Sewing Podcasts
NEW!Fabric Glossary
Sewing Review Requests Add a Review Request
Your Account
Edit Profile
My Page
Favorites
Wish List
Pattern Catalog
Notifications
Friends of PR
Join Friends of PR
Find a member
Deal Corner
Photo Album
Calendar
Chat Room
Chat Schedule
Chat Transcripts
Sewing Classifieds
Add a Classified
Sewing Contests
enter contest
contest report
contest gallery
Favorite Links
reviews with comments
merchant gallery
article archive
newsletter archive
Craft Resources
contact info
shipping rates
returns & refunds
testimonials

Platinum Sponsor - Stylish Fabric
Stylish Fabric
You are not logged in. Login here.



Message Board > Fitting Woes > Taking in RTW Pants ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
Taking in RTW Pants
Do it or just live w/ it?
DonnaH
star
DonnaH
Intermediate
TX
Member since 10/1/03
Posts: 1033
Login to reply to this post

Date: 10/4/12 3:01 PM

I have a pair of nice black dress pants that mostly fit me. In fact if I wear them w/ a tunic, there's no problem. They are loose, but tapered slightly. The waist has elastic, but mostly just to perfect the fit - no gathers, just darts and a side zip. Made from a drapey polyester, w/out much stretch.

The problem is with (I think) the side seams. when worm w/ a shorter (or tucked in) top, they give me extra "saddlebags"! Right about even w/ the crotch, and for a few inches lower, the side seams stand away from my body before falling normally again. Not quite as dramatic as old fashioned riding breeches, but that's the impression I get looking in the mirror, lol.




Should I try to take in the side seams at this point? Or would that mess with how the rest of the fabric drapes?
-- Edited on 10/4/12 3:02 PM --

cinca
cinca
Member since 4/27/11
Posts: 441
Login to reply to this post

In reply to DonnaH <<


Date: 10/4/12 7:09 PM

I will venture a suggestion...if the bagginess starts at the crotch level, there are probably no pockets to worry about, so maybe just turn them inside out, lay them very flat on a table and hold a ruler along the seam.

See if you can determine if the extra fabric is located at the side seam, by straightening the leg along the grain, and check to see if the seam is curved.

If you can take that extra fabric out without disturbing the fit across the front at the bottom of the rise, then go ahead and baste the side seam where is looks roomy, and try them on.

If you decide it is an improvement, you will want to make your altered seam match the rest of the seam allowance by trimming and finishing the altered section. That should help the side seam retain it's drape

Don't worry, you will get many more great suggestions.


-- Edited on 10/4/12 7:10 PM --

DonnaH
star
DonnaH
Intermediate
TX
Member since 10/1/03
Posts: 1033
Login to reply to this post

In reply to cinca <<


Date: 10/8/12 5:23 PM

Quote: cinca
If you can take that extra fabric out without disturbing the fit across the front at the bottom of the rise....

That is the big question! LOL

I'm pretty sure the seam is curved - I can't think how it would poof like it does otherwise. Guess I need to just lay it out flat, and chalk a straight line to cut it off.

Thanks.
B

B
Intermediate
MN USA
Member since 12/5/03
Posts: 670
Login to reply to this post

Date: 10/9/12 0:32 AM

I am thinking you might want a smaller curve, but not necessarily a straight line, to follow the lines of your hips. For instance, I have a new ruler called Styling Design Ruler by Dritz which has a French curve as well as a hip curve. I would try to line up the upper and lower points with the ruler and follow the gentle curve on the ruler. I think I used to just draw a slightly curved line when I needed to.

------
Janome serger 634D, Brother PC6000, Singer 500A, Kenmore Mini-Ultra, vintage Bernina 600, White Rotary treadle, New Homestead A VS treadle

Imzadi
Imzadi
Intermediate
NY USA
Member since 4/12/04
Posts: 8
Login to reply to this post

thumbsup 1 member likes this.
Date: 10/27/12 2:16 AM

What B said. I an just getting back to sewing with a new-to-me machine. I used to alter ready to wear all the time, way before re-fashioning or reconstructing was "In." Just do a lot of pinning and machine basting with a wide stitch along the sides, tapering in and out on a curve till you move in as far as you can without distorting the grain or the fit. Try it on a lot. You can always rip it out if it doesn't work. But, even taken in a little can make quite a difference in appearance. Remember to press the sides well. And resew any topstitching.



-- Edited on 10/27/12 2:52 AM --

Sew4Fun
starstarstarstar
Sew4Fun
Advanced
AUSTRALIA
Member since 6/23/04
Posts: 4868
Login to reply to this post

In reply to DonnaH <<
thumbsup 2 members like this.


Date: 10/27/12 2:40 AM

I take in my RTW pants through the thigh area all the time. I find a lot of pants have too much fabric in this area for me. On some pants I only take in the back leg and leave the front, because I have front muscular thighs. On others I take in both front & back side seams.

All I do is first unpick the side seam on one leg, from lower hip (which is above crotch level but below any pockets) to the knee. Then get the pins out and start pinning to see what works best. Once I'm happy I re-sew the new side seam, then cut off any excess seam allowance and finish the edges. It's amazing how much difference even a mere 1/4" can make.

It's super easy and doesn't take long. If for some reason taking in the side seams doesn't work or it messes with the fit in other areas then I resew the original side seam and nothing is lost. HTH

Edited to add: The reason I uinpick the side seam first is so the new pinned/basted seam can lay flat. If you don't unpick it's hard to get an idea of how the altered pants will really fit. They pull and bunch too much when the side seam is bulky and lumpy.

-- Edited on 10/27/12 2:51 AM --

------
Belinda. Melbourne, Australia
http://sew-4-fun.blogspot.com/

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Fitting Woes >> Taking in RTW Pants

Merchants on PR
Patterns from the Past
vintage sewing patterns
Deals!
Elliott Berman Textiles
Fabrics for Greater Ideas
Deals!
Sewn Square One
Patterns for Your Style.
Web site
Gwyn Hug
Fabric Shopping Help!
Deals!
Lanetzliving Vintage Sewing Patterns
Vintage Sewing Patterns
Deals!

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.
Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Online Sewing Classes
Break your Serger Out of the Box
Fee: $29.00
(Regular $49.00)
Break your Serger Out of the Box

Online Sewing Classes
Altering Jackets
Fee: $19.99
(Regular $59.00)
Altering Jackets

Burda 7942
photo
Review by lamstu on 9/2/09
Read Review

Salme Kimono Sleeve Dress Digital Pattern
Salme Kimono Sleeve Dress Digital Pattern

Details
Price: $7.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Maria Denmark Pernille Pencil Dress Digital Pattern Size C
Maria Denmark Pernille Pencil Dress Digital Pattern Size C

Details
Price: $10.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Simplicity 5144
photo
Review by mamakooz on 7/15/04
Read Review

The Whimsy Bag
The Whimsy Bag

Details
Price: $7.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Sewing Workshop Daily News Bag Pattern
Sewing Workshop Daily News Bag Pattern

Details
Price: $12.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Vogue 8346 Pattern ( Size 12-14-16 )
Vogue 8346 Pattern ( Size 12-14-16 )

Details
Price: $27.50
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Vogue 1362 Pattern ( Size 14-16-18-20-22 )
Vogue 1362 Pattern ( Size 14-16-18-20-22 )

Details
Price: $32.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Subscribe to PR Message Board Feed Subscribe to the PR Message Board Feed Add to My Yahoo! Subscribe at NewsGator Online Subscribe at Bloglines Add to MyMSN