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Posted on: 1/26/11 5:27 PM
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I recently made some Jalie jeans and used duct tape to help me asess the pattern fit before cutting into the fabric. I duct taped the front and back of one jeans pant leg from the pant/waistband seam (not the waistband though) down to the mid thigh or the fullest part of the thigh extending to the side seam and CF and CB.

When finished taping, I peeled off the duct tape on the front, then the back, and placed the duct tape patterns on freezer paper and cut around the perimeter of the duct tape. Then I placed the duct tape on top of the commercial pattern to check the thigh area, however, one could use the same method to check the tummy and hip.

I used this method as a basic reference for width comparisons and thought maybe it could help someone else. The link is to my blog post describes with pictures how I used this technique.

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Stitchgirl78 said...
What a great idea! I have never heard nor thought of this before, but it makes perfect sense! I'm getting ready to make my first pair of pants, and I've been worried about fitting and altering the pattern. Reading your post has helped ease my mind. I'm going to use your method. Thanks for the helpful hint!
1/27/11 4:15 AM
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1/27/11 4:21 AM
Patti B said...
Very cool method; thanks for sharing it.
1/27/11 9:51 AM
Sewnla said...
That is such a good idea, thank you for sharing it with us!
1/27/11 10:26 PM
deesews said...
This can be done with a less sticky tape, like blue painters tape. Or, believe it or not, Glad cCing Wrap will do the trick. It sticks to the fabric very well. I like to use two layers, then draw the seamlines right on it while it's stuck to the pants. Then, peel off, cut out, stick to the pattern drafting paper and add seam allowances. Another trick for fitting prowess!
1/29/11 0:10 AM
Annie- oh said...
Love how you used the tape not only to compare your favorite jeans to your pattern but also to make the adjustments you knew you wanted from your favorite RTW's. Thanks for the info, and all, from your blog!
1/29/11 11:16 PM
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