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Date: 2/26/13 2:59 PM

When multiple alterations are needed to make a pattern fit, (as has been my case) is there a certain order in how they should be done?

In my case I think I've done every thing to this pair of pants. I shortened the CF, extended the back crotch point, altered the bulge in the thigh, and now I'm working on straightening my grainline. I have a feeling maybe that's what I should have done first.

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Date: 2/26/13 8:45 PM

What you are talking about is "sewing order"--which pieces are sewn/altered next. Always straighten the grainline first, then do the rest.

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Date: 2/26/13 11:56 PM

Usually you start at the top and work your way down.
Think length, circumference and then depth (per Peggy Sagers).
For pants I think with pants you have to get the crotch sitting where it needs to be 1/2" or so away from your body more if you are plus size. Then look and see if you need to shorten or length the hip area, front and back. Once you have that altered then you look at the legs.
This is what works for me. I am sure there are a lot of different ideas on how to do alteration.

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Date: 2/27/13 5:19 AM

I am not sure what depth is but I tend to agree with AdaH. There are some good threads and links to getting the crotch adjusted first. I think of that as the depth are though. You need a crotch curve that fits correctly in both the front and back when sitting and standing. Then, using the lengthen/shorten pattern line near the hip, add or subtract length so that it sits where you want it to- above, on or below your waist when you are sitting and standing. Next you can add or subtract the fabric width needed by using darts at the waist and and adjusting the amount of fabric between the inner and outer leg seams. And lastly adjust the hemline.

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Date: 2/27/13 9:17 PM

I'm working on tees right now. On my last round of tweaking, I found the adjustments I needed in my fitting books. Turns out 'Fast Fit' has a full detailed list of which adjustments to do when. Maybe there's an online list somewhere ?

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Date: 2/28/13 3:35 PM

This is how I understand Peggy Sagers LCD method of fitting. First you put them on and get the crotch where you want it (length measurement). Then adjust any circumference areas at the side seams only(circumference). The next part is depth. Depth is any adjustment you do which creates a "wedge" either by adding or taking out and tapering to nothing at a pivot point (seam line). An example would be, shortening the front crotch or lengthening the back crotch or anything that would correct your horizontal balance lines.

Watch the webcasts on jean fitting and pant fitting here. There is a lot of good information.
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Date: 2/28/13 4:45 PM

Bookmarked that page. Thank you.

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