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Date: 3/24/13 5:16 PM

I am currently working on a pair of pants from Vogue 2907. The pants fit great from the top of the waistband to the full hip area. The problem is that they are too big from the hip down. I would like to reduce the width from that point down, but when I tried to taper from that point downward, it left a wierd "bubble where I started the taper. And the result just emphasises my saddlebags.

Is there a way to alter the pattern so the waist and hip area fit the same, but the legs have less fullnes to them? I thought about taking them in down the length of the inseam, but that would alter the crotch curve.

Here is a picture of them on me. Thanks for any help or guidance.


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Date: 3/24/13 6:43 PM

You can take a vertical tuck all the way down the back of the leg and then add back to the waist and side seams. Also, pin up your hems. Once you get them up off the floor, it might change the hang of the pants and you can get a better idea of where you need to alter

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Date: 3/24/13 6:57 PM

I'm with JTink--Pin up the hems first to see how the legs are going to hang. It looks to me like you need to remove about 1/2" from your pantlegs at the bottom, but to be sure, measure the circumference of the leg on a pair of pants you love (it will probably be about 11-14") and compare that with these. Divide by 4 (the number of seams) and make a mark out from your side seam and inner leg seams this amount. Then take a long ruler, such as a yard stick and lay that along the side seam, starting at where you made the mark, and tapering it to nothing just below your hip. Draw a chalkline. Repeat with the inside legs.

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Date: 3/25/13 4:20 PM

I agree with the above comments. Taper the seams, the "bubble" you mentioned may just be because you didn't taper them off gently, if you make a radical taper it could cause the seam to form a lump, from where you start it, hope that makes sense. I would also follow Mrs Fairchillds advice about taking in on all the seams.

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Date: 3/26/13 1:32 AM

Lisa, They look great so far and will only look better with the hem up and some fullness reduced. I have the exact same issue with pants! I hope you post another pic so we can all see the change. Nice work!

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Date: 3/27/13 8:51 AM

Quote: Lisabeans

Is there a way to alter the pattern so the waist and hip area fit the same, but the legs have less fullnes to them? I thought about taking them in down the length of the inseam, but that would alter the crotch curve.

I've taken in pants at the back inseam only before, I think for some Vogue jeans I made. It does shorten the crotch curve horizontally but not in a bad way, it just means that the pants hug the underside of your butt a little more.

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Date: 3/27/13 10:38 AM

Great fit in the torso! These are fairly wide legged pants so that is part of the problem. I don't know how tall you are but this pattern has a distinct bell-bottom vibe and if you are shorter than 5'6" or so, that design element will hit you in a funny place. So you may need to remove width horizontally and vertically to achieve the 'look' you want. Good luck!

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Date: 3/29/13 1:59 PM

Thanks, everyone, for your helpful suggestions. Here's what I am trying: I found a tutorial on the Collette Patterns blog for a "Thin Leg" adjustment. Basiscally, it is a pivot and slide method where you slash the pattern up each side of the leg pieces and overlap them to take them in. I think the overall result iwill be much like JTink's suggestion.

I also plan to take Clothingengineer's suggestion of taking in the back leg insem only.

I also agree that they were too long, which affected how they drape.

Thanks again for all the help. I will keep you posted with the progress!

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