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A tutorial and fashion sewing demonstration on how to true up sewing pattern pieces. If you make your own clothes, this technique is a must for that clean, professional finish.
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I have to agree with Mariposa; if you cut off that little piece that extends past the leg seam as it was folded, you will indeed shorten the crotch by about an inch. The way I was taught was to 'fill in' the 'open' space between the crotch point and the knee line of the pattern. You are actually adding a little width to the inner thigh but that can be pared down if necessary when you stitch the pants together.
Anytime you make this type of adjustment to length back and/or front, you must check the angle of the seams, both inner seam and outer seam because if they are not the same, you're going to have pant legs that twist or hang funny. You can't just true up in spots; it's all or nothing. I've found shoulder, leg seams and skirt side seams are the main ones that can be out of whack on commercial patterns.
Well, while I realize the video maker meant well, her directions for altering leg length at the crotch level would end up shortening the back crotch--disastrous. All sewing videos are not equal!
I wonder what pattern she was using. I have never seen a pattern with adjustment lines at the crotch point. Susan, tell us more!
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