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Date: 6/29/14 0:57 AM

According to all the information I've read on fitting, I need to increase the front inner width on my pants.

How do I do this without adding to the crotch width or length?

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Date: 6/29/14 8:49 AM

I might be mistaken, but I don't think you can add at the inner thigh without adding to the crotch and changing the width of the leg.

Check out this link for a good starting place. I guess once you add, you can always reshape the leg a bit thinner lower down if you'd like.
http://cationdesigns.blogspot.com/2013/09/pants-pattern-alterations.html

Do you have any good fitting books? I really like "Fitting & Pattern Alteration" by Liechty et al. It costs a zillion bucks though, but has so much good info.

Also, what made you decide you need this alteration? Pants sure are weird, aren't they?



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Date: 6/29/14 7:46 PM

Thanks for posting the link to Cation Designs! Very interesting.

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Date: 6/29/14 10:03 PM

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I might be mistaken, but I don't think you can add at the inner thigh without adding to the crotch and changing the width of the leg.

Also, what made you decide you need this alteration? Pants sure are weird, aren't they?

I figured you could not add width to the inner leg without increasing the crotch. Thank you for agreeing with me. At least now I will quit trying.

I took the Craftsy class, "Pant Fitting Techniques" with Sandra Betzina. I also gave up on the class. Sandra suggested I increase the front inner leg width when I asked about pants being too tight across the front of my thighs. When I did that the front crotch was too long and she suggested I shorten it. After I shortened the crotch the pants fit worse than before.

I had trouble understanding most of her explanations so I didn't ask anymore questions.

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Date: 6/29/14 10:23 PM

Sounds like a full front thigh. This is the alteration I've used with success. It's a bit fiddly to do but it works!

If you have a muslin that you're willing to slash that will tell you about how much you need to alter by the amount of the spread. It may also tell you that's not the alteration you need!

Pulling on the front thigh can also be from a too long front crotch length.

I took the same Craftys class and was disappointed. I didn't get anything more than I'd already gotten on my own in fitting books!

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Date: 6/29/14 10:28 PM

Not sure if you have a pants fitting book or not (I have a Singer one that I bought on Amazon for only a few dollars) but here is some basics. http://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/_c/C227/
This shows adding to the inner leg seam. It also shows several other alterations for pants too.

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Date: 6/29/14 10:50 PM

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Pulling on the front thigh can also be from a too long front crotch length.

Then front crotch length is always too long for me. I always shorten it least an inch.

I have many pants fitting books and bookmarks for various types of pants alterations. It just seems I never get it right although my SO says my pants look fine and I am being way too fussy.

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Date: 6/30/14 7:24 AM

Maybe just go to the thrift shop and try on lots of pants and buy some that fit (in the thigh) and take them apart and go from there.

There's always stretch woven fabrics.

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Date: 6/30/14 8:37 AM

I just finished Kathleen Cheethams Crafty class on the waist hips and back. She included thigh and upper leg adjustments.

She demonstrated alterations on giving more thigh room at the outer hip, across the thigh and another on the inner thigh. It did not add to the crotch, she just swung the design ruler out from the crotch point and drew a convex curve. She noted it was very important to ease the curve in well above the knee point.

She said it might look strange because we are not used to seeing a pattern look like that but not to worry as that was where the fabric was needed.

I took Sandra's class too and found her teaching style a bit too disconnected for my understanding.

I really appreciated Katlheens measured and clear approach. This was the 3rd class I took in her series and I will write up a review, hopefully soon.

I learned quite a bit more about the slash and pivots and truing up seams and darts while ensuring that you preserved the grainline. It was more than just watching how she did it- she explained why and always covered adding the room or removing it on each problem area.

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Date: 6/30/14 11:30 AM

Maybe I will enroll in that class. I sure didn't get much out of Sandra Betzina's. Thank you for the information!

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