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  • How to lengthen/shorten pants sewing patterns the easy way

    How to lengthen/shorten pants sewing patterns the easy way

    This is a basic 101 how to shorten pants sewing patterns (or lengthen). You’ll need your pattern, printed or ready to alter if you have a printed one already. A ruler, a tape measure, some tape (scotch style tape or painter’s tape). Measure your inseam and outseam on your body. Measure a favorite pair of pants you like now (inseam and outseam). Average the two numbers. Measure your pattern piece inseam and outseam, subtracting the hem and waistband (if applicable). If the pants measure 40 outseam but have a 1.5″ bottom hem and a 1.5″ foldover elastic casing, you need…

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