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Posted by: Rebecca Wiltberger

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Posted on: 12/10/02 3:24 PM
Review Rating: Helpful by 4 people   Very Helpful by 13 people   
I HATE fitting pants, or anything for that matter, because it always seems to take way too long and be an almost impossible feat, sewing all be myself. Not to mention that it takes time from REAL sewing and the results aren't always any better. Anyway, I tried the pants fitting tip from Gigi Louise and was really helped by it. She gave a logical and workable sequence. In the past, my problem has been that the pins fall out at inopportune moments and this lack of security keeps me from trying things like climbing stairs or sitting and rising repeatedly to see if the fit is good all over. Not to mention that getting stabbed by numerous straight pins entering or exiting a garment is not my idea of fun. Now I have the perfect solution. Safety Pins! If you pin the inseam and outseam and darts with safety pins intstead of straight pins you can do almost anything you want, twisting, bending ect. as you fit your garment and it will all stay together. They are easily moved, and you don't have to wory that they will fall out or mysteriously disappear before yout garment reaches the cutting table for further marking. This has been a life saver for me and even made me willing to try out some more pants patterns. By the way, you can still use straight pins for finetuning fit and then swap them with safety pins before you remove the garment, or leave them in and only have to deal with a few straight pins, and not an entire garment full. Happy Sewing!

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said... (7/7/10 3:19 PM) Reply
I stopped making pants for the very reason! Now with this tip I am going to try again. Thanks so much! Sandy
Jennie Pakula said... (1/18/03 2:37 PM) Reply
Brilliant ideas are always so simple - great tip!
Loreli said... (12/16/02 6:34 PM) Reply
I read your review and tried it out. Great idea! Thanks Rebecca.
texellence said... (12/15/02 1:53 PM) Reply
This is what we do in the alteration shop i work at part time. First time I was exposed to this I was really surprised- thought they would leave holes..they don't. We use the the silver ones, that are about 7/8 of an inch or so. The small brass ones are too small to pin through several layers of fabric...but if you are only using a pattern tissue, the brass ones might work.
Dale C said... (12/12/02 3:24 AM) Reply
Great idea Rebecca. I haven't used safety pins for fitting, but always do so when I do alterations for other people. Will have to start doing that for my fittings as well. Thanks for the tip!
Deepika said... (12/10/02 9:22 PM) Reply
oops :) fixed it.
Holly said... (12/10/02 8:39 PM) Reply
Some kind of psychedelic review? ;-)
Maria Hatfield said... (12/10/02 7:59 PM) Reply
whoa, am i seeing things or are the lines all mixed up on this review ?
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