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Date: 12/7/12 3:49 PM

I have got a swing trouser pattern. Double checked my measurements compared them to pattern measurements - fine. But when I tissue fit unless i stand bolt upright the paper tries to tear/pin goes flying.
What shoud I do? Add more ease? Where/How? On a skirt I'd just add more at the side seams but the crotch is a new element how would adding to side seams affect it?

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Date: 12/7/12 3:53 PM

It is hard not to tear the tissue when tissue fitting pants. You have to be careful not to move or tug too much. Be gentle. Did you tape the seam lines before pinning to reinforce them?

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Date: 12/7/12 4:02 PM

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Did you tape the seam lines before pinning to reinforce them?

No I didn't.
Didn't realise you could do that?
I only have enough fabric for one 'mock up' (or should I say mess up. lol) before I use the proper fabric.

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Date: 12/7/12 5:00 PM

Tape small lengths of tape all along the INSIDE of the seam line (on the seam line). Overlap them to make them strong. Clip any curves up to the seam line like you would do in actual fabric after sewing it. Then pin together with the pins parallel to the seamline. Be careful that you point them down so you don't get poked in some places. Put elastic around your waist to help hold up the tissue. Hope this helps!

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Date: 12/7/12 5:02 PM

Oh and don't add width to the crotch, only at the sides. The only thing you may have to do is change length at the shorten/lengthen line (both front and back to keep the outseams the same).

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Date: 12/10/12 1:02 PM

here they are my shorts I did as a muslin for the trousers

Swing shorts

Still not sure about how the front fits.

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Date: 12/12/12 1:40 PM

Wise move, making a muslin intead of relying on the tissue. My only suggestion regarding your muslin shorts would be to adjust the side seams so that the seam falls straight down. By taking all that fabric out the back you are pulling the pants off grain and they will hang crooked, something that will be more evident in the longer leg of the pants. I know you forgot. We all do those things, self included. So, when making your pants do a trial fit with the back and front center seams sewn and the side seams open. Use a large machine basting stitch so you can easily remove it. Good luck.

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