How to Alter Sewing Patterns for Shorts and Pants

Duration: 16:08

Watch as Ellen March shows you how to make a pair of comfy lounge pants!  She shows us how to start with a commercial pattern for pants or shorts,  and modify the pattern to a new style. Learn how to use an existing pattern and modify it to be exactly what you want it to be. Use this helpful instruction to get started on a new pair of pants or shorts today!

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7 Responses to “How to Alter Sewing Patterns for Shorts and Pants”
  1. Nelly

    Thank you for the great hints, especially sewing the elastic at each seam. Would keep it flat as you mentioned and keep elastic evenly distributed and won’t bunch up.

  2. semra

    The first pattern: the hemline will end up having a point at the outseam because of the acute angle it makes. Maybe that is why she did not show how to finish the hem.There are ways to fix it. The instructor tried to do a better job on the adult size pants by curving the side seam so that it intersects the hem at a right angle, but the side seam ended up crooked.
    If an alternate sequence is followed, it could be easier to sew the crotch seam, especially the tiny sizes. Sew in the order: (1) inseam (2) crotch seam and (3) side seam. No bunching up!

    Also there is a easier way to sew small size pants if you (1) sew the inseam (2)

  3. Janet Hammond
    Janet Hammond

    Pattern seam/hem intersections should ALWAYS be at right angles. Otherwise your hemline is going to have an ugly point. The way this flare is drawn will simply not work when it comes to hemming. Is that why sewing the hem was not shown on this video?

  4. TRUDI

    Is there an equation for measuring a comfortable waistband elastic,
    ie. do you measure a snug waist and reduce that measurement by a general number or a percentage?

  5. sandra

    the tip to stitch in the ditch on the seams after elastic is inserted is great! I often have the problem of elastic that rolls and this will help prevent that. Thanks for the video!