How to make a larger waist in a pants pattern

How to make a larger waist in a pants pattern How to make a larger waist in a pants pattern How to make a larger waist in a pants pattern

I’m embarking on a new sewing project today, my vintage Teal Traina pattern! I’ll be making the turquoise linen suit pictured. I think it would be fun to show you my sewing process, failing and all!

 

Since I constantly try to give myself new challenges, I’ve chose to line it with a soft (and quite heavy) viscose fabric. I purchased both fabrics at Stoff & Stil in Åsane. The first thing I had to fix, was to enlarge the waist in my pattern.

 

Click below to see how I enlarge the waist size in a pattern!

How to make a larger waist in a pants pattern

First you’ll need pattern paper (buy at a sewing shop or at Stoff & Stil), a pair of paper scissors (for the love of god do not use your tailors scissors!), some clear tape, a pencil, a long ruler and measuring tape.

How to make a larger waist in a pants pattern

Turn your pattern envelope and check the sizing. Usually when purchased abroad these numbers are inches. (1 inch, 2,54 cm). Look below size 16 – 38 (bust)/ 30 (waist)/ 40 (hip). I’m a 31″ waist so I’ll need to enlarge the pants and the jacket waist by 1 inch.

How to make a larger waist in a pants pattern

Tape or pin your pattern piece to the pattern paper above the adjustment line. Divide the 1 inch by 8, and you’ll have the correct enlargement for one pattern piece. Mark the enlargement (here 3 mm) on each side of the pattern, making a fading curve downwards.

How to make a larger waist in a pants pattern

How to make a larger waist in a pants pattern

I don’t know if it’s completely correct, but I like to move the seam line as well, so you’ll be tracing correctly when marking the fabric. I’ve measured and retraced the seam line with a pencil the same way we marked the extension of the waist (3 mm).

How to make a larger waist in a pants pattern

Cut your pattern piece from the pattern paper and pin to fashion fabric. I’ll be posting the entire process of making this suit, failing and all – learning to sew can be challenging. Next time we’ll look at crotch adjustment for pants, and enlarging the jacket waist. Then I’ll make a post on how to correctly mark your fabric for sewing.

Let me know if you have any questions!

How to make a larger waist in a pants pattern

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How to make a larger waist in a pants pattern

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