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serafim_azriel
« on: October 01, 2009 10:57:10 PM »

I'm a petite size, but I often buy pants from thrift stores, which don't really have a 'petite' section, so more than half the pants I buy there, the crotch seam ends up falling about an inch or so below where it should, which ends up being really uncomfortable when I wear them. Does anyone know how to fix this? Maybe some way to fix the actual crotch seam without doing anything to the waistband.

Also, does anyone have any good tut.s on tailoring your own clothes?
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Elphelba
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2009 11:16:26 PM »

I have the same problem too. I've found that for small adjustments this method works, but you probably couldn't take out more than an inch or so. The most I've been able to take out of pants this way was 3 inches, but they were really wide in the thigh too. This will also work best with pants that are at least a little too loose in the thigh area as well (a fitting problem that also generally accompanies the baggy crotch for me)
Steps:
1) Turn the pants inside out. You'll be adjusting the seam that runs along the insides of the legs ( this is not the one that runs down the center of your butt and connects to the front fly of the pants, if this makes any sense). Sometimes I find it helps to put the pants on inside out and take and pinch in this seam to see about how much you'll need to take out. Pin if you're brave Smiley
2) Take and pin out the amount that you'll need to take out and make sure that the fabric is lying nice and flat.
3) (Optional) Use a pencil to mark out how much you plan to take out on the crotch seam and gently taper it out to nothing so you get a smooth line that connects with the original seam of the pants (I usually taper out to the knee to help with the thigh issue, you could also go all the way down the thigh seem or taper out above the knee too, just make sure that it's not too drastic of a curve or it won't sit well)
4) Sew over the line you just drew. I like to use a basting stitch first just so I can check the fit. I've found that trying them on inside out makes them lie a little nicer to check the fit (If you turn them right-side out then the seam around the crotch might look a little lumpy and bumpy until you trim it down. Once you're sure you've taken them in the right amount trim out the extra fabric in the crotch and you're good to go.

I hope this makes sense, if not I'll try to post a pic or so of what i mean later. The thigh seam also works well because it doesn't make the butt area of the pants any narrower and you generally don't have to deal with top stitches and such. This will make the thighs of your pants a bit tighter, the more you take out of the crotch the more you'll have to take out of the thighs and the further down the leg of the pants you'll need to go to make sure you get a smooth line.

« Last Edit: October 01, 2009 11:17:15 PM by Elphelba » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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serafim_azriel
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2009 03:15:28 PM »

Thanks! That's exactly what I meant. I'm going to try it. Would I have to do a special kind of stitch for the seams or anything?
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serafim_azriel
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2009 10:57:25 PM »

I just used this to fix one pair of my pants and it worked great! The knees leave a slight curve going down and out, which looks kind of funny, but that was probably because the pants were made of a napped fabric. BUT, works great, going to use this method on my other pants and hope it works well with some striped pants I have as well (those ones will be hard though.)

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Elphelba
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2009 10:39:08 PM »

I don't generally use a special seam. Straight stitch (backtacking over the middle crotch seam) works. My machine has this option to sew over the same seam twice with one stitch (I don't know what it's called but it looks like this on my machine |||  but the lines are dotted) and then I generally zigzag or overedge the edge to keep it neat. I'm glad the method works for you, I've done striped pants with success. I've had issues with the knee looking a tad funny too, but it seemed to correct itself just by modifying the way I curved into the regular seam (for straighleg or skinny pants taking it down even further helps, flares seem the most forgiving since they'd be going out there anyways).
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Elphelba
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2009 08:37:09 PM »

Hey, I don't know if you're still checking in on this post or not, but I found a way to take pants in more than an inch or so. This only works if they are a little roomy in the thighs as well though. I find that the front seam doesn't have to be taken in (or not nearly as much) as the back seam. So you unpick the crotch seam from the top to the knees, and then you can pull out the excess and sew it back in place like the first way. Here's how I did it:

1) Unpick the thigh seam from knee to knee (perhaps more if you REALLY take out a lot, this worked for about 3 inches)
2) Put the pants on inside out
3) Carefully start pinning the crotch back together. Start at the center front and back seams. Pull in the back (and front) of the pants as needed to get a nice fit
4) keep pinning around the inside seam of the leg and gradually angle the seam so you end up meeting the original seam at the knee or where ever you stopped unpicking.
5) Sew along the line that you pinned earlier and make sure that it curves into the existing seam nicely (I recommend a long stitch just in case it doesn't fit)
6) Check to make sure that they fit like they need too (if it's a little loose still then you can take it up using the method described above, if it's a little tight then you can just sew your seam further down into the seam allowance and unpick the first seam)
7) Trim off any excess fabric and finish the seam however you'd like.
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