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I already finished some ‘proper’ trousers but this time I took a different pattern, that really needs some improvement in fit ;)) because:
The trousers have a bit of a ‘smile’ in the crotch area – not very big, but I want to have a good fit AND look!
My sewing book says that the crotch length is too high and that I should let out the seams of the inner leg.

I don’t really know what I’m supposed to do. Make the seams tighter? Or wider?
Should I leave the side seam as it is or can I adapt that one, too?

My difference between hip and waist is rather big, so maybe this is also part of the issue…?

I would appreciate any comment. Thank you very much,


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    Dec 9, 2013, 08.45 PMby katexxxxxx

    Sounds like the center front length is too long… If it’s only an inch or so, then undo the inseam from knee to knee, and pin the excess out of the FRONT only, , tapering the seam from the crotch seam to the knee. Baste the new seam in and try the trousers on. If the legs are too neatly fitted in the thigh, you may need to let them out at the outside seam.

    I trust you are working this out on a toile as this is a new pattern? Remember to take all alterations back to the pattern from the toile once you have a good fit.

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    Dec 10, 2013, 07.41 PMby freaky-philomeen

    dear kate,

    yes, this sounds plausible. I will try this and let you know. Thank you!! I thought ‘letting out’ was the opposite of ‘taking in’ but it’s surely better this way because the leg is wide enough anyway.

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      Dec 11, 2013, 02.23 PMby Kate Dicey

      By pinning out the excess from thee front crotch down the thigh, you are, effectively, taking in the legs on the inside leg seam. To compensate you may need to let some out on the side seam through the thigh. Sounds like they are lose enough not to need this, so that’s a bit of extra work you don’t have to do! :)

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    Dec 11, 2013, 03.00 PMby freaky-philomeen

    thank you, Kate. I am really amazed, that there is not much more work involved…but I didn’t finish the operation yet.

    I will post it when ready ;)))

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