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DonnaH
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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?
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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.


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Date: 10/8/12 5:23 PM

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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.

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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.

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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.



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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 --

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