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How to alter slacks in the crotch

Updated April 17, 2017

Finding the trousers of your dreams two sizes too big is not the nightmare it once was if you know some simple do-it-yourself tailoring skills. By tailoring your trousers, you can adjust the leg length and width, the waist width and any of the trousers' other dimensions, including the crotch. Altering the crotch in a pair of trousers is just like altering the rest of the trousers; all you need to do is rip out the seem and make a new one.

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  1. Rip out 2 to 3 inches of the crotch seam of the trousers on each side of the inseam.

  2. Rip out 6 inches of the trousers' inseam.

  3. Mark on the trousers where you estimate the new seam should be. Use the edge of the current seam as your guide.

  4. Pin the trousers along the seam marking.

  5. Baste the seam with the needle and thread and remove the sewing pins.

  6. Try on the trousers with the new crotch seam. If more adjustment is needed, repeat Steps 3 through 5 until the trousers fit correctly.

  7. Stitch the trousers' inseam with the sewing machine. The inseam should follow the same line it did before the crotch alterations.

  8. Stitch the new crotch seam with the sewing machine. The crotch seam should be stitched twice; once along the cut edge of the seam and once 1/8 inch away from the cut edge. Each line of stitching should be back stitched at its beginning and end.

  9. Turn the trousers inside out and cut away any excess fabric.

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Things You'll Need

  • Seam ripper
  • Scissors
  • Fabric pen
  • Sewing pins
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine

About the Author

Alexander Poirier began writing professionally in 2005. He worked as the editor-in-chief of the literary magazine "Calliope," garnering the magazine two APEX Awards for excellence in publication. Poirer graduated from the University of the Pacific with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

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