Can anyone explain two things to me: Why are the backs of a pants pattern usually a little wider than the fronts? Would it make a great difference if they were the same?
How do I cut a wide leg pants pattern to be smaller at the hem? The pattern is elasticated and fits like a dream over the hips, but I would like the hem to be narrower. Should the leg seam curve or be a straight line from the hem to the hip? Do I cut the same amount off all seams?

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    Jun 9, 2011, 10.54 PMby peaches2218

    I’m not sure about the proper way to narrow, but when I made Janina for my girlfriend I just took a couple inches of width off each side (Janina are super, super wide-legged), starting right below the hip. I followed the original shape of the leg to do it.

    And as to why the back is wider—-people who wear pants have derriers. The front of you is naturally flatter (and therefore narrower when translated to two dimensions) than the back. If you’ve ever made or worn poorly made scrubs or one of those horrible, cheap unisex PJ pants patterns, you’ll understand. They use the same piece for front and back, and they are the most uncomfortable things you can imagine. That’s also why the crotch curve isn’t the same at CF and CB. Sitting down would be really uncomfortable if they were the same.

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    Jun 10, 2011, 02.45 PMby mbrizz

    Thank you peaches. After I finish my great neices baby dress, I’m going to try and reduce that pattern. Wish me luck!

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