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Date: 10/26/13 10:50 PM

Hi all!

Well, I made a whopper of a mistake this time!

I am making a pair of jean shorts for my boyfriend and he is a size 38 waist. So when I cut the pattern, I cut a 38. Of course if I'd stopped to think about it and read the back of the envelope properly, I would have seen that a 38 waist is a pattern size 42... basically I cut the pants about 4 inches too small and I didn't realize this until they are already almost completely finished!!

SOOO.. now I have a very nicely made (first ever) pair of shorts with a perfect waistband, zipper fly front, etc. and they are too small. So my idea is to insert a panel on either side to make them bigger.

My question is... what is the best way to do this? I will have to cut the whole side open from waistband to hem-line and insert at least 2" on each side. Is it as simple as just inserting a panel or are there other things I need to consider?? I don't want to mess them up even further so I thought I'd ask you all for help before I attempt this fix.

Sorry so long winded!! Thanks in advance for any help!!!

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Date: 10/26/13 11:06 PM

What a bummer to discover this after a well done job! Unfortunately, it wouldn't just be the width of the legs, also the crutch will be too shallow with that many sizes difference. You would have to put in panels both at the inside of the legs and on the outside of hips and legs. That might end up looking funny. I suggest you give the pants away to someone with the right size and make a new pair for your husband.

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Date: 10/27/13 1:09 AM

Don't give 'em away too quick. Try to add the 2 inches on each side and see what happens.

You could at least rip the side seams and hold the front and back up to your 'model' and see how far off the crotch might be. It could be ok, and adding the extra fabric would work.

Arrrgh, all the lessons we learn

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Date: 10/27/13 6:49 AM

I know just how you must feel. I once made a plaid (matched beautifully!) tailored jacket for my then boyfriend....now husband , and did not read the measurements right! It was so small that we gave it to his best friend....3 inches shorter and about 6 inches thinner.

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Date: 10/27/13 10:41 AM

I don't think there is any way to fix this and make it look right. You could try the side panels and see if it works. The good news is that if you made one nearly perfect pair of shorts you can do it again!

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Date: 10/27/13 1:29 PM

I sewed panels in the waist sides of jeans once and it looked awful. My sewing was fine, but the look was just "wrong". I say give them to someone they will fit and start over. If you try to "fix" them and they look funky, your boyfriend won't want to wear them and no one will get use from your perfect jean shorts!

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Date: 10/27/13 1:35 PM

Just start over and hold onto the ones that are too small as a reminder to measure (read) twice and cut once.

Piecing and patching are going to look just like that and he may not appreciate "the look".

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Date: 10/27/13 3:33 PM

Thanks for all the advice!

I kinda figured they were scrapped, but a friend suggested the "panel insertion method" of trying to fix them. I wasn't super up on the idea, but figured it was worth a shot... perhaps not so much!

I think I will just chalk this up to a LIVE AND LEARN experience and don't them to the goodwill or something.

I think I will wait awhile to re-make... the BIG fabric sale ended yesterday at my local Joann's and I don't want to pay full price right now for more fabric.

THANKS AGAIN!!

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Date: 10/27/13 7:31 PM

I think it might be a easy save, if your boyfriend would actually be willing to and like and wear them, with a color block look on the sides of them. If not, then probably just not. I think you could just use a long rectangular piece of fabric inset into each of the two side seams, it would have to be 2 inches wide not counting seam allowances for each strip though. And longer than the seam, as depending on the waist there, you might need to just cut that in those places and then fold over that strip on the top to get more sort of "waist band going" right there.

No way to "hide that" though, and might as well call it a "style element" at that point! Some guy's are just willing to be a bit more "stylish" than others sometimes though, :), so I would not even bother to do all that, unless you got his go ahead first, that he might still like and wear it that way.

Things you could maybe do, to make it turn into a cool and neat "style element" and not a sewing blooper/mistake, might be to use contrasting fabric, color blocked, or even just at least an interesting jeans looking seam there, or even flip your denim around and use the reverse side of it, for a color change there, that might look nice.

I have added sort of "tuxedo stripes" or inserts into existing pants or jeans for me, just for the stylish effect of it sometimes and even if it was also because they were missing a bit of fabric there, that made them to snug for me. It works fine for me, and looks nice on me, and that is even a big style element on women's pants this year. Not sure if it is for guy's ones or not though. Maybe go look and check on that first. You could try to tell him, the extra up and down style lines in doing that, create a optical illusion and even make every one look taller that way- only you know if that is a good thing to say or if that going to "go over" there or not though. But I do think it's true.

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