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Posted on: 11/1/04 5:26 PM
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Even with a "perfect" pants pattern, fitting will usually need to be tweaked a bit depending on the fabric used. I'd suggest laying out a waistband when you lay out the pattern, but not cutting it until you have the rest of the pants fitting just exactly like you want.

This will assure you that you have enough fabric to cut it out, but save the frustration if it's not going to be the right size after you make size adjustments to the pants -- especially if you need to add some, or if it's a shaped yoke piece that needs to follow a curved arc exactly.

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calzone said... (12/2/04 6:55 AM) Reply
Thank you. I'll remember to do this next time.
Lizz said... (11/2/04 5:26 PM) Reply
So true! It is very frustrating to have tweaked the fit of a garment and now the waistband doesn't fit and there is no more fabric to cut another. This is planning ahead.
 
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