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Date: 11/14/04 8:44 PM

Alterations pants pattern for heavy ( full) thighs front side only.

It is important for people with heavy thighs to measure first your thighs at 2 inches below the crotch, next measure the pants pattern front and back at the same height 2 inches below the crotch the total width of your pattern must be your thighs width + 2-3 inches.
For example, if your pattern width is 1 inch short in width you can add that amount at the front pattern.

Draw a line 1 inch below the crotch line from side seam to inner leg seam.
Measure this new line till knee height and divide this in 2.
Cut the front crease line till the knee and the 3 new horizontal lines.
Draw a new crease line from the knee up to the waist, add at both sides of the crease line ½ inch, see the pictures, the side seams inner and outer leg are now spread for about 1/8 -1/4 inch. You should ease in those inches ( 1/8 till ¼ inch) In woollen fabric this is easy.


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Date: 11/14/04 10:26 PM

I've done this alteration for my DD, telling her it's an adjustment for "athletic front thigh muscle".  Sounds so much better than "heredity stinks".  It's an excellent technique that changes the angle of the center front seam very slightly.  That slight change in the angle works well for the fuller front thigh, helping to eliminate or reduce the horizontal creases that can appear at crotch level on this figure type. Good diagram, els!

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Date: 11/15/04 6:57 AM

Terrific alteration. This needs to be in the Knowledge Base.

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Date: 11/15/04 9:02 AM

Els, Thank you so much for that excellent diagram!

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Date: 11/15/04 9:11 AM

Yes, this looks just right.  Brings extra fabric where needed and avoids excess fabric in the back.    Thanks for the terrific picture.  Definetly needs to be in knowledge base.

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Date: 11/16/04 2:17 PM

I think I need this as well - thanks so much for the great diagram, Els.  My butt is so flat, but my front thighs and calves have always been very muscular due to lots of swimming growing up.

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Date: 11/16/04 8:21 PM

Thank you!!! I really can use this. Yes, Heredity can stink especially if you are 5'2" and everyone else in the family with the same thigh problem is 5'8" to 5'10". It does not have the same impact!

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Date: 3/15/07 11:02 AM

Hi - thanks for the great info. I think I've just run into this problem with a RTW suit I purchased. There aren't wrinkles in the front, but rather some horizontal wrinkles under the bum. I was a gymnast, and I do have relatively larger front thighs. The wrinkles aren't so bad, so I was prepared to live with them. But I'm wondering , after looking at these instructions, if it's possible to alter the existing pants by letting out the inner & outer side seems a smidge in the thigh area? (by using some of the seam allowance) I'm very much a novice, but my thought is, though I obviously can't add more fabric to the front crease or the side seams inner and outer leg, perhaps a slight adjustment would accomplish basically the same thing. Can any of you wonderfully accomplished seamstresses advise? Thanks so much.

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Date: 3/15/07 12:17 PM

Yes you can if there is enough seam allowance at side seam, inseam and back crotch. Start with ripping the inseam for about 10 inches, the side seam towards the knee and the backcrotch. The new stitching line is marked as a dotted line see example sketch

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Date: 3/15/07 1:36 PM

Thank you SO much for the response, and especially the drawing!!! Your willingness to provide so much help is awesome and truly appreciated. I will definitely give this a try!

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