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Trouser pattern cut without seam allowances
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Date: 3/4/13 4:22 PM

Yup, I've managed to forget that my favourite trouser pattern doesn't have seam allowances on it, and cut it out in fabric without them. No matter how close to the edges I skimp when sewing up the front and back, it's not big enough.

I have managed to do this before... and saved the trousers with an extra strip of fabric running down the outside of the leg on each side, cut on the bias and then topstitched on either side to make it look like I meant to do that. They were some lightweight, solid-coloured sports sort of trousers so it didn't really matter that there was a seam halfway up the outside strip.

This time it's in quite a crisp-looking, herringbone suiting sort of fabric, where the bodges will have to be epic to avoid looking like bodges. The market stall I bought the fabric from has run out now and I haven't got enough to recut. I'd maybe the try the leg strip bodge but seams halfway up them doesn't seem good, and I haven't got enough for continuous strips, either. Maybe I could use some sort of other fabric, but it's a really distinctive fine grey herringbone with a subtle metallic thread in it, and I'm not sure what could go with it without spoiling it... Any other ideas for rescues? I really liked the fabric, and I'm kicking myself about this one.

(And yes I have written NO SEAM ALLOWANCES all over the pattern pieces now.)

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Date: 3/4/13 5:15 PM

Not sure how epic you're planning but I do like you bias idea.

Perhaps you could get a contrast or complementary fabrics bearing print and scale in mind. You could recut the waistband in the new fabric too...then it might help your fudge's credibility.

Not sure if it would work with your fabric, but velvet accents are always nice on smart clothing.

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Date: 3/5/13 8:19 AM

What about tuxedo style satin stripes?

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Date: 3/5/13 3:48 PM

I write in big red letters ADD SAS!!! on patterns without sas.
The biggest issue will be length, especially in the crotch.
You can face the hem, so that's not too bad, and add as someone else mentioned, add a contrast panel to the side, but that crotch depths is going to be a problem. You can sew it deeper, but that shortens the whole pant leg, so unless these pants are long you will not be able to salvage them as pants.
You could add a contrast to the hem as well though. Or cut across the leg at tow points and add panels there to make it look purposeful.

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Date: 3/5/13 4:28 PM

I don't think length will be an issue, actually - I always just cut the legs too long and work out the hems later. And this pattern also has a deep waistband on it, which I haven't cut yet, so I can make that a bit longer too. (The main reason I make trousers is that I'm a 36 leg and have trouble buying them, so I always tend to overdo the length just because I can!)

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Date: 3/5/13 4:30 PM

I do like something like that as an idea - they're going to go from being smart office trousers to being too glam for the office, at this rate, but that might be the best way to fail!

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