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Posted on: 6/14/03 1:40 AM
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On my most recent pair of pants, I discovered I was about 3 short of having enough fabric to make them. It finally occurred to me that I could piece the pants at the back crotch point, so I laid the fabric out again, and cut out the pants front. Then I laid the pants back on the fabric, with the inseam running right off the cut edge at the upper thigh, and cut them out. I pulled a thread on each of the cropped edges, to get a perfectly straight-of-grain edge, and did the same with two scrap pieces. Then I laid one scrap on each leg, right sides together on the straightened portion, matched the on-grain edges, serged a seam allowance, pressed the allowances toward the extension, then laid the pattern back over it all and cut out the rest of the crotch point. Worked beautifully the seam blends so well into the pattern on the fabric that I have to look closely to see it at all.

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Lisa Laree said... (9/17/09 6:58 AM) Reply
I'll make sure and take photos next time I do it! ;)
Babyprep said... (9/16/09 5:09 AM) Reply
Can we see a picture of this??
librarylady said... (10/1/05 4:34 PM) Reply
Thank you... I read this and thought oh, neat. Time passed and lo, I just laid out pants pattern on wonderful fabric and aaaargh... But, it's okay. Lisa to the rescue. Whew. Thanks again.
Janie Viers said... (8/30/04 12:23 PM) Reply
I have seen a bias piece cut and sewn on to add a little "ease" for those of us with fuller body parts. The little triangle is bias (not the pants!)
Jennie Pakula said... (7/10/03 11:11 PM) Reply
Another technique is mentioned in a recent edition of Australian Stitches, where there was a serious shortage - basically, the writer took a deep tuck down the middle of the pants pieces, then cut some straight strips to add down the outside seams. This was done on a pair of trendy pants with a yoke and low waist so it looked quite good there. It may work as a 'tuxedo stripe' as well in a more formal pair of pants.
NancyDaQ said... (6/14/03 11:28 PM) Reply
I recently did a similar fix on an armsye point in a lining (the underlayer of fabric shifted after I laid it out and I didn't discover it until I unpinned). It really worked well-you can hardly tell it's there and it kept me from having to cut out another whole jacket back .
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