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Date: 7/8/13 4:11 PM

I have a boot cut (jean) pattern that I would like to make into straight legs.
This pattern fits me fairly well down through the thigh area where it starts the flair for the boot cut.
Would I just start to straighten the legs from the thigh area for both the inseam and out seam?

Would it help you all if I post a pic of the pattern before I make changes?

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Date: 7/8/13 6:06 PM

Posting a pic would be good.

The flair on bootcuts doesn't usually start until below the knee - not at the thigh.

I think I would only narrow one side (probably not the inseam) to start, muslin that and see how it turns out. Unless the pattern has an obvious flare out on both sides - in that case I would "narrow" by just going parallel to the grainline from about mid-thigh.

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Date: 7/8/13 6:23 PM

Unless inches of fabric are an issue, I'd do most of the modification after cutting, trying on and pinning. You are going to remove excess fabric at one or both seamlines anyway, so you could always do it after a fitting. I've even seen DIY instructions online somewhere about taking an existing pair of flare jeans and turning them into skinny jeans, so it should work.

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Date: 7/8/13 8:29 PM

I would start about 4-6 inches above the knee.
How narrow do you want to make the pants.
Measure the bottom on how far you want
It to be in .
If you have a pair of straight leg pant measure
The pant front with. Then measure the back with.
The front is a little bit narrower then the back.
With each front and back center each.
Mark on each side that is how much you will
Take in. Take a yard stick and lay it down
From the 4-6 above the knee all the way down.
Draw your line. You do have to take both sides
In to make the sides look even.

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Date: 7/9/13 10:53 PM

I agree that doing it as you are fitting is the easiest way to go about this. You need to take in both sides equally. It would help to have an idea of the width of the hem you'd like as a starting point. You should use the knee as the pivot point for the narrowing.
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Date: 7/10/13 12:46 PM

I've been busier than a cat in a flower bed this week but I'll get something laid out so I can get some numbers and a pic posted.

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Date: 7/10/13 10:25 PM

I did this recently using the Jalie jeans pattern. I made the alteration before I cut out the fabric, but it is probably wise to fit it to yourself, as has been suggested. I did it first because I was inserting a zipper into the hem of the outside seam. You can see my jeans here: My review.

In order to keep the leg balanced, you need to remove equally from both the inner and outer seams. It depends on your pattern, of course, but I only removed fabric from the knee down, which is where the flare occurred. This pattern was well fitting through the thigh and didn't need to have any fabric removed.

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Date: 7/13/13 2:40 PM

I'm sorry it took so long to get these posted.

I would like to hit a happy medium between the straight legs that I have pictured along with the bootcut pattern I'm working with.

I'm thinking maybe 2 inches in the front and 2 inches in the back (1 inch per side seam and inseam) starting at the knee area which would be the narrowest section of the legs.

Do you think that would work as a starting point?

Also, I am hoping to be doing other modifications to this pattern from the crotch area up. Should I start a new topic for each modification or just add them to this thread?




-- Edited on 7/13/13 2:43 PM --
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Date: 7/15/13 8:17 PM

I would second sfshaza's comment "In order to keep the leg balanced, you need to remove equally from both the inner and outer seams". If you don't do this your legs will twist and feel uncomfortable when you are wearing your pants.

However, I disagree with most of the posters who say start at the knee. You should start at the hem, mark in from each side the amount you need in order to narrow to your desired width then using your ruler, rule up toward the knee area but allow the adjustment to finish at the point where it naturally wants to merge with the existing seam. This will be somewhere around the knee but may not be at the same point on the inside and outside leg. It is likely the taper will finish slightly higher on one side than the other.

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Date: 7/16/13 11:57 AM

Thank you

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