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Date: 7/29/12 12:33 PM

I have lost 25 pounds and need to take in all my pants and can't find much information at all about how to alter pants. I have several pair with side zips and several with front zips. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where I can find tutorials on how to do this? Thank you!

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Date: 7/29/12 9:45 PM

The front zip pants are going to be easier to alter since you want to take them in at the side seams. You will have to remove the waistband to take in the side seams and you'll most likely have to shorten the rise which may make your pants too short. You can add a bias facing to the hems to get the extra length you need. However, you've lost at least 2 sizes so you may not be able to take the pants in enough to fit you and look good.

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Date: 7/30/12 10:20 AM

Congratulations on your weight loss. Unless you really love those pants, turn these pants into gardening pants and treat yourself to some new ones.

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Date: 7/30/12 2:13 PM

I recently purchased (sight unseen) a beautiful pair of like-new black linen slacks (Eileen Fisher)

Unfortunately they are too large for me. After a couple sessions in the front of the full-length mirror I finally figured out that they are too DEEP (front to back) for me; actually the fit on the sides/hips is quite good.

So I'm considering whether or not I should recut the crotch area.

Have any of you tried that?

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Date: 7/30/12 6:11 PM

No, haven't tried, as it has never happened.

Since it doesn't involve removing the waistband, I'd say go for it. Undo the curve seam and take deeper seams on the inseams and keep trying until you get a good fit; then, cut.

This beats removing a waistband and/or zipper any day.

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Date: 7/30/12 7:27 PM

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No, haven't tried, as it has never happened.


Since it doesn't involve removing the waistband, I'd say go for it. Undo the curve seam and take deeper seams on the inseams and keep trying until you get a good fit; then, cut.


This beats removing a waistband and/or zipper any day.

Yeah, I've never tried it before either.

I often don't have enough length in the rise, so I'm familiar with "scooping" (sorry to those folks who think this is a bad word ) but this should be easier as I won't have to trim the seam to see if it made any difference!

WIDE hips (and saddlebags even wider) are not really a wonderful thing. Well, except that it's forced me to sew for myself more often than I would otherwise.

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Date: 7/30/12 8:52 PM

Try standing in front of a mirror in them and just pinching out some of excess in the center back waist and back seam area, and maybe pin or baste that way. Baste is much better. Then move around, standing and sitting and see if you still even like them like that on you, or if it's acceptable to you or not. Also try sitting and see if they "pooch" out funny in the front or not that way.

If you still like them that way, then maybe you really can just take in the back waist and back seam of them, just like on guys suit pants that are instead more made for that kind of thing. Even though women's pants are most times not and instead you got to split a waistband to do that there with instead often. That works pretty good for maybe one size or even two if you are not too very picky.And maybe just even you body type. As in the legs would not get any smaller in width that way, and any back pockets would get closer togetherAnd it would not change any crotch much. But that might be O.K.

I did loose 25 lbs, and in all pretty much only the hips, butt and thigh area though, and when that occurred, I really could not do that, that way, with all my old pants at all. Most of them were jean cuts. Instead I did what I actually had never heard of anyone else being willing to do, and after wards, really knew why! Way too much work.

I had a stack of maybe 14 pairs of all zip front, pockets in the front side seams and mostly jean cut pants and to alter for me that way, because the size difference was so greaand I ended up having to take in the back waist and back seam, and the side seams and even re-hem a lot. Also since jean cuts, a lot of that was flat felling, and involved jean side pockets with rivets in them. The front side pockets just got a bit more narrow and that part was O.K. But, I was pulling pocket rivets out with pliers, and then also making sure the new side seams, were past the old rivets which were now holes in the fabric there, Just because jthe rivets were, right about where I wanted the new side seams. And I was picking out flat fell seams, chain stitching, overlocking, re-serging stuff, making fake flat fell seams this time around, and re-top stitching everything. It was a whole lot of work, fopr each and every one of them, and probably not worth it. I did it anyway for some of them. I decided for sure not worth it (just all the time involved, and getting tired of it) on about pair #7 of the possible 14 of them!

I really thought it might not be too bad, as I even once worked at a jean store altering pants, by just splitting the waist bands and taking in the back seams, plus also have to do that for some jeans just on me always, just anyway. So, I'm actually pretty quick on just that. And just that, does not bother me much.

But, doing that and all the side seams too, with those jeans pockets with the rivets in them, got to me in the end, and I just said forget it to the rest of that stack of pants, and had fun shopping for some new ones, instead at that point.

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Date: 7/30/12 9:08 PM

You'd have to take them in at the inseam, but that will also shorten your crotch length.

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