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Date: 6/15/13 7:39 PM

I haven't made pants in a long time, and I thought i'd try the StyleArc Linda pant. It came in the mail yesterday, and by 11 am today I have the main body done (not yet the waistband), on an old piece of cotton/lycra twill, for hopefully wearable muslin. I made one major alteration, which was to increase the waist measurement, since I bought by the hip measurement. (All the increase on the back pieces are at the side seams, but in the front i split the increase between side seam and center seam). It felt really good for a first try (although without the 2 inch waistband, it's kind of short on top!), but as I move i detect the same issue I've felt on other patterns, though not as much here. When i lift my leg with knee bent, it tugs at the front thigh (in fact, that motion makes the top of this unfinished back go down, as to be indecent). I've never noticed this on RTW. I tried scooping out a bit more crotch in the back using basting, but that made things worse (mostly I went straight to serving, which was bold of me). I think i can make this one wearable, but i want to fix it since i might be using this pattern a LOT. I will try putting a couple of pictures up. Thanks for any advice
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Date: 6/16/13 0:13 AM

Email StyleArc and ask if you can send pictures and perhaps they can help you with this. I have heard they are excellent at helping their customers. Good Luck!

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Date: 6/16/13 6:49 AM

kathy, I used the size appropriate for my hip measurment, and enlarged the waist in front by slashing the front pattern piece from the waist edge to the knee, along what would be the crease line. I spread the pattern at the waist, but left the knee area alone. That long dart-shaped addition gave me more width at the waist and abdomen (where I need it, darnit) and a little more over the front thigh. I added the remainder of the waist enlargement at the sideseam, as you did. Although your pants look really good from here, maybe you'd be happier with a slightly roomier front thigh. Since the leg-lift action pulls the back of the pants down (I think that's pretty normal), you might add a wider seam allowance to the top of your next pair, and see if a little additional CB length is more comfortable for you - but I wouldn't make that final decision until you've added the waistband to this pair. The back on mine seems perfect for me, but I have to drop the waist seam in the front in order to have the waistband hit me at the most comfortable level.

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Date: 6/16/13 1:59 PM

Yes Karla, now that the waistband is on it seems just fine. Especially since it's stretchy. I will add to height of back seam in back & take away in front, next time

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Date: 6/21/13 9:46 AM

My experience has been that if it's pulling on the front thigh, it is usually a combination of too short a back crotch length and too long a front crotch length.
Try pinching up the fabric with your fingers at the top of your thigh (thus raising the fabric a bit on your leg) and try walking around. If it works, then you need to shorten your front crotch length. If pants pull down at CB when you walk, I'd be trying to lengthen the back crotch curve.
Good luck.

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