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Date: 4/26/13 9:43 AM

I initially cut NL6189 out of a printed "denim" linen-look fabric from Hancock. I love the print and like the pants. I muslined before hand...but didn't realize there was so much stretch in the fabric. I've also since dropped almost a full pants size.

So...I am wondering if I can dismantle them and recut the pattern pieces in a smaller size - from the existing pants.

Is this possible? Too much trouble??

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Date: 4/26/13 9:52 AM

I say do it if you like the fabric that much and don't mind investing the time. Can't see any reason why it wouldn't work.

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Date: 4/26/13 9:52 AM

Depends--try them on inside out first and pin where you want to take in. There may be just a few places to unpick the seams and you can get away with it. Unfortunately, those pesky little SeamRippers will always be a Necessary Notion!
Actually, not a bad thing to try these days tho, as re-purposing garments is big, especially since you may find quality-brands or vintage to restyle.

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Date: 4/26/13 11:26 AM

Thanks!!

Gramma b, the only reason I'm thinking of picking it apart vs just altering is that the rise is way too high. Like, I can easily pinch out an extra inch of fabric which, I'd have to undo the waistband right? From there I figured that's the bulk of the work...compared to unpicking the side seams.

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Date: 4/26/13 12:07 PM

Take a look at the pattern pieces again before you do anything. Sometimes the cutting lines for certain parts overlap (as opposed to just nesting by size)--the curve will start with the size XL on the outside, but end with it on the inside, if that makes sense. You may have to fudge certain bits where the smaller size doesn't simply fit inside the larger.
(Says the person who always has to go back later and recut smaller necklines and sleeves.)

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Date: 4/26/13 1:41 PM

Oooooh. You're right. I forgot about that.

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Date: 4/26/13 1:55 PM

Maybe not. You can always use fabric for something else, but if trying to recut something in a way smaller size, where you get into trouble and run out of fabric, and are missing some fabric you might need, is often the shape of a pattern piece for the smaller size, actually needs more fabric there just in one place. Like in the crotch curve of a pair of pants or the armhole curve of something with a arm hole in it. Probably the only way to know, is just to lay it out and see.

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Date: 4/26/13 2:08 PM

Yeah. Shoot. I'll lay them out and see. If not I'll make tiny pants for my friend's one year old :)

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Date: 4/26/13 2:21 PM

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I can easily pinch out an extra inch of fabric which, I'd have to undo the waistband right?

Not necessarily, but it depends. If they were my pants here's what I'd try first (I'm assuming it's the front length only that you think needs shortened by about 1 inch). As suggested earlier, try the pants on inside out. Pin the side seams (take in) to where you want them. Take off. Open up the inseam(s) of your pants (maybe for about 12-15 inches on both sides). Pin those inseams back together overlapping the front crotch only (taking in) the 1 inch you think needs shortened. Doing it this way eliminates taking off the waistband. Try back on, being very careful of those pins in the inner leg area. You could also use safety pins instead of straight pins. You wouldn't be shortening the legs......just the front length from the waist to crotch. If you like what you see "sew baste" your side and inseam seams and remove pins. Turn right side out and try on. Hopefully, you'll like what you see. If not, after checking the patterns pieces, maybe you'll want to take them apart and re-cut.



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Date: 4/26/13 2:34 PM

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[quote] I can easily pinch out an extra inch of fabric which, I'd have to undo the waistband right?

Not necessarily, but it depends. If they were my pants here's what I'd try first (I'm assuming it's the front length only that you think needs shortened by about 1 inch). As suggested earlier, try the pants on inside out. Pin the side seams (take in) to where you want them. Take off. Open up the inseam(s) of your pants (maybe for about 12-15 inches on both sides). Pin those inseams back together overlapping the front crotch only (taking in) the 1 inch you think needs shortened. Doing it this way eliminates taking off the waistband. Try back on, being very careful of those pins in the inner leg area. You could also use safety pins instead of straight pins. You wouldn't be shortening the legs......just the front length from the waist to crotch. If you like what you see "sew baste" your side and inseam seams and remove pins. Turn right side out and try on. Hopefully, you'll like what you see. If not, after checking the patterns pieces, maybe you'll want to take them apart and re-cut.







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I will try it this weekend. THANKS!

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