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Opal Sewalong // How to lengthen or shorten the pants

How to lengthen or shorten the Opal pants and shorts pattern

Before we get started on our Opal pants and shorts construction, we wanted to go over one quick pattern alteration. And that is how to lengthen or shorten your pants! Now, the actually lengthening and shortening may be pretty self explanatory, but the reason we wanted to go over it is because the location of where you would slash the pattern is actually different on wide leg and tapered views. Want to see what I mean? Let me show you…

// View A (tapered leg) //

how to lengthen or shorten the Opal pants by Megan Nielsen PatternsSo on the tapered leg pattern, you will want to slash your pattern at the knee notches provided on the pattern.

how to lengthen or shorten the Opal pants by Megan Nielsen Patterns how to lengthen or shorten the Opal pants by Megan Nielsen PatternsSimply draw a straight line connecting these two notches, and then cut across this line.

how to lengthen or shorten the Opal pants by Megan Nielsen PatternsThen you can overlap the pattern to shorten it (make sure it is overlapped evenly by the same amount across the entire leg)…

how to lengthen or shorten the Opal pants by Megan Nielsen Patterns

… or you can place a piece a paper underneath and spread the pattern by the amount you want to add. Make sure you use your ruler so the spread is even and straight. Tape in place, connect the side seams with your ruler, and re-cut.

// View B (wide leg) //

how to lengthen or shorten the Opal pants by Megan Nielsen PatternsOn the wide leg view, you will be slashing on the View D knee length shorts cut line.

how to lengthen or shorten the Opal pants by Megan Nielsen PatternsCut straight across this line.

how to lengthen or shorten the Opal pants by Megan Nielsen PatternsYou can then shorten the pattern by overlapping the pattern, making sure it overlaps evenly across the entire leg.

how to lengthen or shorten the Opal pants by Megan Nielsen PatternsOr you can lengthen it by spreading the pattern, placing paper underneath, and evenly measuring the amount you want to add across the entire width of the leg. Tape in place, and redraw the side seams with a ruler.

Simple right! And it’s even easier for adjustments to the View C & D shorts – just pick the cut line closest to the length you want and measure up or down the amount you want to lengthen or shorten by. Then at this mark, draw your own cutline parallel to the original line, cut there, and you’re ready to start! Woo!

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About Author

Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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