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From: drgrl21
Date: 10-20-2006, 05:47 PM (1 of 3)
I am having problems sewing a pair of pants for my toddler. The crotch area looks too short when she wears them. I don't know what is wrong. I followed the pattern. I also get one side of the pants shorter than the other. Can someone please help me.
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From: LauraM62
Date: 10-21-2006, 07:20 PM (2 of 3)
If the crotch isn't long enough then you might want to extend and/or lengthen it, or look at the next size up. Your toddler is wearing a diaper? It sounds as if there isn't enough diaper ease in the pattern. You don't say what pattern you are using. As one side being shorter then the other - are you saying that front & back of the leg is different lengths?? That one if you explained more someone might be able to help. I do know that on pants you have to ease in a slight difference sometimes on the length on the legs. At least on allot that I've made, for children & adults. :bluewink:
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From: paroper
Date: 10-21-2006, 10:56 PM (3 of 3)
Well lengthening the crotch may not be that hard. If they are elastic on top, remove the elastic casing, fully extend it to the height you need...then you can either face it with a strip of left-over fabric or you can use wide seam binding and make a casing of that. Rerun your elastic.

There are a few things that can be happening with the pants legs. Always sew up to keep from stretching the fabric as you sew (sewing against the grain). Another thing that could happen is if you lift or roll the fabric when you cut it. The fabric needs to be flat on the table and stay that way. Cut it with either a pair of dressmakers scissors (not necessarily expensive). They are bent to allow the garment to pretty much stay on the table OR use a rotary cutter to cut the fabric. Do not move the fabric as you cut it...don't fold it or unrold it. Always lay the fabric flat and cut before moving or disturbing. Folding the fabric, rolling it, lifting it, whatever can cause the bottom layer to be larger than the top can also stretch the fabric so that you cut it stretched and then it relaxes when it is released.

If your pants end up too short in the bottom because of the length difference? Shore them up and add a cuff or if it is a girl, add a ruffle..."older" mothers have done this for decades.

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