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Date: 4/7/13 2:09 AM

I cut NL 6189 and really love the way they came out (review).

I lengthened the leg but it's not "right". I just pinned a hem tonight and tried them on with shoes. They don't sit/hang quite right. Is there a special technique to getting the line of the leg correct when adjusting a pattern from capri/cropped length to full length?
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Singer Talent 3321 | Kenmore 1503 | Brother 1034D

My Big 4 Sizing: Medium | Tops 14/16 | Pants 18 | Skirts 16/18.

My Measurements: 36 HB | 39.5 FB | 34 W | 44 Hip

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Date: 4/7/13 8:06 AM

Lay them out on a full-length pair of pants you like.
You will see they are tapered at the calf for the capri style. You might try a muslin first of this pattern, if you like the fit, by tracing from the thigh down on a favorite pair of long pants and adding seam allowances, also note that the back piece of pants is often wider than the front piece to hang right.

If you look on a multi pants/shorts pattern, you will see that the cutting line for shorts widens out at the hem, the reason why you can't usually cut off pants for shorts-length. Patterns for slouchy PJ pants are about the only ones with totally straight legs. You might just pick up a pants pattern on sale, measure the bottom width of your preferred pants, straight/flared/bootcut--then check the pattern envelopes for the same width.

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Date: 4/8/13 1:20 PM

After you've taped some paper to the bottom of your pattern mark the "crease line" which will be parallel to the grainline (or might BE the grainline). The crease line should end up exactly halfway between outseam and inseam lines. When you draft your long pants the amount needs to stay the same on both sides. And, yes the back is wider than the front.

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