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From: SmilieFace
Date: 01-10-2007, 07:57 AM (1 of 2)
I don't know how to "politely" say this, but I have a big rear end, and a decent sized stomach (I constantly look like I'm a couple months pregnant, as someone not-so-sensitively pointed out). Anyway, I got some dress pants patterns, and am looking for tips on how to alter them. I've heard of something called a "crotch length adjustment", but I don't know how to do it.

Any tips?
User: SmilieFace
Member since: 01-07-2007
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From: MaryW
Date: 01-10-2007, 08:46 AM (2 of 2)
I have no affiliation with Sandra Betzina or her products. BUT her patterns show you step by step how to alter pants to fit both a big belly and behind. I wasn't sure how to make the alterations either until I read thru some of her patterns. There are different ways to do this.

According to Sandra, cut your pant back pattern piece horizontally from crotch to side seam leaving the pattern attached for about a quarter of an inch. Spread one half inch. If you need more than a half inch, add another cut and spread another half inch. Keep your center back seam straight. This is important.

You will have to tape graph paper or whatever you use to your pattern piece, making sure your spread is one half inch. Hope this helps.
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