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**Jade**
« on: February 27, 2006 11:23:19 AM »

I've got about 5 pairs of slacks that are too big in the crotch and I don't know how to BEGIN to alter them... anyone know of a tutorial or can anyone explain it to me... I really don't want to pay someone $15 bucks a pair when I know one of you guys could probably help me out
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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2006 11:42:13 AM »

Honestly, I think you'd be lucky to find someone who would fix them for you for $15 a pair.  I'm taking a patterning class right now, and the crotch is a VERY tricky area to fit.  You basically need to scoop out the crotch seam, which means you're probably going to end up needing to move the zipper, as well as the inseams.  Unless you spent a lot of money on these slacks, I'm not necessarily sure that it's worth the hassle. 

Of course, if you're up for the challenge, and willing to accept that you might end up f-ing them up worse than they already are, it might be worth it.  Perhaps you could find a pair of pants that fit properly, and compare the two crotch curves, and then go from there?
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2006 05:31:01 PM »

Sounds like I should let someone do it huh? The thing is I didn't pay hardly anything for them.... found them thrift shopping... I hate to ruin the bargin but they're no good if I can't wear them
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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2006 09:02:53 AM »

are you saying they hang down too low between your legs?  if so, that is easy to fix:

turn the pants inside out, lay them flat, then seam from one thigh to the other, crossing the crotch seam, and taking up as ONE-HALF the amount you need to remove.  (in other words, if they hang down 2" too low, seam them only 1" deep, because you will be taking 1" from both the front and the back).
 
the seam will be tapered, so that when you are at the thigh, you have removed almost no width.

i would suggest you baste this first and try the pants on to see how they fit, but understand that the basting will partly inhibit your range of motion (you won't get the full fit until you trim the excess fabric after sewing).

this alteration will make the legs marginally longer, so you might need to adjust the length once you are done.
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**Jade**
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2006 10:02:40 AM »

rostitchery YOU ARE A GOD SEND!!! Thanks so much I"m going to go home and try it... let's see what happens as I paid less than $5 for most of them so there will be no REAL loss just a good bargin gone to waste or to a skirt.... Tongue
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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2006 11:25:52 AM »

this reminded me of the old Wonder Years episode where Kevin goes shopping for pants and his mother says so the whole store can hear, "I THINK THEY'RE TOO BIG IN THE CROTCH."  ahahahahaha. 
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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2006 08:54:22 PM »

Ok I tried the suggestion of sewing across the crotch from one thigh to the other.... Yeah works in theory but not in practice... I'm getting a lot of bunching and it's not looking too pretty... UGH!!! I'm SOOO frustrated any other suggestions?
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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2006 10:54:35 PM »

I second this problem.  I, too, need help tailoring the crotch on a pair of pants and don't have the money to have them professionally altered.

I feel like I should know enough about sewing to do this myself, but I don't even know where to begin.
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« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2006 08:13:03 AM »

Ok I tried the suggestion of sewing across the crotch from one thigh to the other.... Yeah works in theory but not in practice... I'm getting a lot of bunching and it's not looking too pretty... UGH!!! I'm SOOO frustrated any other suggestions?

it works in practice too, i do it all the time.

have you trimmed the excess fabric from the seam after sewing?
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**Jade**
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2006 09:10:36 AM »

Yep but no luck still looks REALLY silly
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