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From: megasew
Date: 10-14-2006, 07:51 AM (1 of 4)
Hi everybody, this is my first thread. I just found a pattern I simply love in New Look patterns. But the waitband of the pants and skirt is 2" below the natural waist. Not my favourite idea as that area has some problems I would not want to emphasize to the world. Is there any easy way to change the top of both so it will have the waistband AT my natural waistline where I prefer it?:bang:
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From: snipnstitch
Date: 10-15-2006, 08:25 AM (2 of 4)
It is easy to alter the length of both garments so that the waistband sits higher. You will simply have to extend the side seams along their natural lines the 2 inches that you want.. any darts will be extended also as your waist will narrow the higher on your body that you go. The waistband will need to be shortened to match the new measurement at your waist - if it is a one piece waistband no adjustment needs to be made until you attach it to the garment. If it is pieced you will need to alter it beforehand.
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From: bridesmom
Date: 10-15-2006, 11:22 AM (3 of 4)
Rather than increase the side seams as snipstitch suggested, I'd take the time to measure your desired crotch length and the patterns crotch length, then adjust the length using the 'lengthen here' lines. I just did this on a pair of pants which was almost the same as yours and it worked beautifully, a bit more work at the beginning, but a perfect fit afterwards. Measuring the crotch length is really important, as I have found I have increased the length before without measuring then found it was too much and had to cut off the top and do more adjustments than were necessary.
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From: paroper
Date: 10-15-2006, 04:55 PM (4 of 4)
The bad thing about using the lengthen here lines is that most people are smaller at the waistline than two inches below. It also moves the darts up away from the rounded parts of the body. I guess if you don't have a lot of rounded parts (unlike some of us), that wouldn't necessarily be a problem. I'd be inclined to be sure of my amount and then raise the top of the pant. What you could do is cut on the lengthen line and raise the whole thing and trace the top line...then lower the pant back and extend the sides up and out to match the lines of the pants. You might even be able to use a well-fitted skirt to draw in those side lines.

You need to be aware that if these pants are 2 inches lower with a waistband you'll be dealing with a whole lot more than 2 inches or you'll just get them back to the waistline with the waistband (if you catch my drift).

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