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From: wendymac
Date: 05-22-2007, 09:35 AM (1 of 4)
Should they be taken in from the inside our the outside seam? The pants are just a simple pair (2 front pieces, 2back pieces, and you just turn the top down to make the elastic casing). If these were normal street pants, they'd be fine...but they're pants to show a horse in, and they need to be a big more fitted.
User: wendymac
Member since: 03-30-2007
Total posts: 2
From: Helen Weiss
Date: 05-22-2007, 11:07 AM (2 of 4)
I would take in the same amount on the outside as well as the inside of the legs. Be careful about taking in too much, since whatever amount you reduce on each seam is multiplied by four - eg. a 1/2 inch seam will reduce the circumference by 2 inches.
User: Helen Weiss
Member since: 10-16-2003
Total posts: 69
From: MTjumpnJX
Date: 05-22-2007, 11:23 AM (3 of 4)
I did this a few days ago with a store bought pair of Cherokee pants. They were a couple sizes too big. I tried them on wrong side out & pinned (you could use chalk) them to the point where they were still a little roomy & I could still get my feet into them. Sewed along the pinned line & yeah ! I have another pair of pants to wear to work.

Hope this helps.
User: MTjumpnJX
Member since: 05-17-2007
Total posts: 29
From: dmoses
Date: 05-22-2007, 12:04 PM (4 of 4)
I think the most important consideration is keeping the grainline intact. Here are a couple of articles that may help you:,1789,HGTV_3322_1394088,00.html
Take care,
User: dmoses
Member since: 02-22-2002
Total posts: 964
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