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Draw over the outlines of both leg panels to finish up. I usually cut these out, as these are now in a format ready to be further manipulated to make variations on classic women's trousers.

Basic manipulations might include adding a waist band, adding trouser cuffs, shortening the legs or changing their shape, adding pockets, and so on.

Note that to make the pants up, you will need to add in seam allowances, and to cut two copies of each. The back and front panels are sewn together from H-L on the front, paired with Y to AA on the back, and from K to N on the front, paired with W to AC on the back. The front panels are then sewn to each other from J to H, and the back panels to each other from V to Y. A zipper of other fastening will usually be applied to the F to J seam.
Good luck and have fun!

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  • Meb_large

    Dec 12, 2011, 10.10 PMby floralwhirl

    thank you for this tutorial. i’ve tried it out three times and have arrived at a ‘good but could be tweaked’ shell.

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    • Photoge01_large

      Dec 14, 2011, 04.28 PMby gedwoods

      tell me about how it could be tweaked? This could be useful to both myself and others!

    • Meb_large

      Dec 15, 2011, 02.39 PMby floralwhirl

      i found that the crutch depth and the ‘butt curve’ was perfect. it neither loose nor tight when standing and sitting down. fabric was a stiff printed cotton.
      areas that had to be tweaked was more the hip side seams. the curve was too exaggerated. had to take it in until it almost looked like a flat straight line going straight from point AD to point W.

  • Cnv00020_large

    Jan 21, 2011, 08.06 PMby superflorence

    How nice of you to add this technique, I have been looking for instructions like these for a while.

  • Hpim2890_large

    Nov 25, 2009, 01.06 PMby theahcoras

    me toooooo

  • 683560020_m-57_large

    Oct 22, 2009, 02.50 AMby marylou86

    I cant wait to try this… maybe now I can get a pair of pants to fit right! Can this be used to help fit an existing pattern?

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    • Photoge01_large

      Mar 21, 2010, 10.00 PMby gedwoods

      Try it first, and get the sloper right. Once the sloper is right, you should be able to use this to update an existing pattern (I’d “nudge” things a small amount in the right direction and keep nudging until I got the fit right, using a muslin shell). Sorry I’m so late replying, I only just noticed there are comments on individual steps!

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