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Date: 7/30/13 7:12 PM

I'm making B5908. I did extensive flat pattern measuring to determine what size to cut. The pants fit really well through the crotch, thighs, etc...but are slightly too tight in the waist.

My question is, how do I increase the waist without altering the rest of the fit?

The pants have a 2 piece waistband, sewn together at center back. Do I do a slash and spread?

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Date: 7/31/13 1:02 AM

I always have to do a waist alteration for pants. What I do is cut the waistband extra long. I add to the waist part of the upper pant to fit my waist plus ease. Once the pants are sewn, I try them on and pin the waistband to it, and just cut off what I don't need of the waistband. In this way you have plenty of waistband to play with in case you want a lower or higher rise, depending on what is comfortable. I hope this helps or at least makes sense! :-)

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Date: 7/31/13 1:14 AM

Try what SewLibra says,if you need a little bit more room, just add some to the side seams. If you add 1/4 inch to the front and back sides seams that's 1 whole inch more.

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Date: 7/31/13 1:27 AM

Are your pants too tight through the waist without the waistband?

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Date: 7/31/13 8:36 AM

I didn't try them on without the waistband...

I took a couple photos - by myself so they aren't great.





My Observations:
1) I need to shorten my darts - I forgot this before hand (I almost always have to shorten the back darts)

2) If I open the waistband and allow the pants to relax, the crotch wrinkles disappear

Questions:
1) Are my pockets bowing out because of the waist??

2) Do I need to make the back a little larger (the side seam is straight until it reaches the pocket -- then it curves toward the back)?

I'm torn by not wanting to tweak these *too* much as this is cotton and my fashion fabric will have some give, but not wanting to cut into it yet as I want them to be good. I'm not much of a perfectionist :)

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My Measurements: 36 HB | 38.5 FB | 34 W | 44 Hip

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Date: 7/31/13 9:02 AM

It looks like the problem starts at the high hip; it all looks too tight. If you release the waistband, the pants fit ok? I do think the problem with the pockets is because of the waist/high hip area. Can you rip off the waistband and cut a new one? I think that would give you a better idea if the high hip area is actually ok. I like this style too-what pattern is this?

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Date: 7/31/13 9:22 AM

Yes, when I let the waistband go, the pants relax and the pulling in the front goes away. I still have those slight wrinkles at the back - which I'm not sure if that's caused by the overall snugness or the too-long darts.

I should totally not be lazy and take the waistband off!And I have plenty of queen size purple sheet left

Marie it's Butterick 5908 - a "newly" released See & Sew pattern.

I really like the fit on these...I've made some changes to it but not NEARLY as much as I had to with Simplicity 2700.


-- Edited on 7/31/13 11:37 AM --

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My Big 4 Sizing: Medium | Tops 14/16 | Pants 18 | Skirts 16/18.

My Measurements: 36 HB | 38.5 FB | 34 W | 44 Hip

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Date: 7/31/13 9:50 AM

Don't be lazy, take it off.... I wasted days *not* taking a waistband off and it went fine once I attacked it
For mine, I was then able to rip (untrimmed) seams to give me some extra fabric at high hip/waist in both pants and band, and sew it all back together again no harm done.

I would not hesitate again...

That is a very nice pattern :)
Are you not going to use the belt carriers?? Removing the waistband will give you the opportunity to add them LOL

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Date: 7/31/13 10:39 AM

Aprilla, this lovely purple sheet - err, fabric - is just muslin. I didn't want to do the carriers for the muslin.

I'm going to add them in the fashion fabric though! I have two (maybe 3??) pieces I want to make into trousers. It's okay to have 3 of the same pair of pants...right?? Right?!? :)

I'm going to do it tonight. I committed one of the sewing sins and didn't use a basting length stitch when putting these together! Yikes! I'm just avoiding the unpicking.

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Singer Talent 3321 | Brother 1034D

My Big 4 Sizing: Medium | Tops 14/16 | Pants 18 | Skirts 16/18.

My Measurements: 36 HB | 38.5 FB | 34 W | 44 Hip

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Date: 7/31/13 1:31 PM

Well I think I need that pattern. I have seen some of your other posts. You are doing pretty well with pants. I can't get the backside the way I want it. Can you sit in these without pulling down in the back?
I tried several of those Amazing Fit pants and none of them were amazing-haha

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