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From: aptb_2003
Date: 05-13-2007, 04:00 AM (1 of 7)
Hello, I'm new to this forum but looking at all the wonderful exchange of ideas over here, I would like to pose a problem that I'm facing with my new cargo pants. My cargoes is kindoff tight at the fork and it barely fits me and the tip of the zipper juts out and looks quite weird. Any tips as to how I can mend this?
I was thinking of attaching a strip of material on both sides so as to widen the width a bit.
Do let me know if anyone has any tips to mend this as these are brand new & I don't want to throw away an expensive pair...
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From: MaryW
Date: 05-14-2007, 08:44 AM (2 of 7)
Hi and welcome. I am not sure how I would repair this but you are right about the front leg needing more fabric.
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From: plrlegal
Date: 05-14-2007, 03:05 PM (3 of 7)
Seams to me you would have to do that by using the crotch seam that starts just below the zipper.

User: plrlegal
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Date: 05-24-2007, 07:01 AM (4 of 7)
This can be a tough problem to fix, so if the cargo pants are brand new I'd return them. They're a lot easier to fix if they are too loose rather than too tight, especially if you purchased a garment in a fabric that can shrink. If you have fabric that matches exactly you can take the crotch apart very carefully and add fabric on both sides of all the triangles to make them larger and longer, then baste together and try on inside out. Re-pin and baste until the pants are right. If necessary wash a second time before you start the alteration so any shrinking is all over before you being sewing. I often piece the crotch of pants in order to get more garments out of my yardage, but ordinarily I do this only on the two back pieces.
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From: aptb_2003
Date: 06-09-2007, 02:23 AM (5 of 7)
Well, I agree with you all now that this is going to be difficult to fix. Guess I'll just have to pass on my cargoes to a thinner friend.

Thank you very much for your prompt responses! Appreciate it!

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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 06-09-2007, 10:37 AM (6 of 7)
I recall (this is vague, mind you) that an elongated diamond shaped gusset in the crotch seam is a remedy for this sort of problem.. Longer from side to side than it is from front to back.. I don't like gussets , but sometimes they are the only answer I can find, so I bite the bullet and do them , but this is a seldom thing.. That is why this is fuzzy in my memory..:bg:
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From: Longblades
Date: 06-18-2007, 04:30 PM (7 of 7)
I wonder if you might have my problem? Store bought pants often fit me like that and it's because I am long in the torso. If the space between crotch and waistband is too short on me it does look tight at the fork and the short length pulls down and out on my stomach, making the zipper sort of pop out. The only alternative for me is to make my own pants.
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