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    Profile photo of hokiekatehokiekate @hokiekate

    My son is a size 7 in the waist and height, but he is a five in the hips. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to alter the pattern to adjust for his hips. Help!!!

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    Profile photo of SarviSarvi @Sarvi

    I think this is one where it might be more useful to fit with a muslin than by making changes to a paper pattern first. I’d cut a straight 7 from muslin (or any cheapo fabric) then pinch the extra width at the hip to get the fit you like. Does that make sense?

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    Profile photo of BrittneyBrittney @georgeandizzy

    I have made the size four and lengthened them using Liesl’s instructions. I lengthened the front, back and upper side panel. That way I got the slim fit that I love about the pattern but the length he needs.

    http://oliverands.com/blog/2010/02/lengthening-and-shortening-a-pattern.html

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    Profile photo of MaggieMaggie @Maggie

    This is a somewhat slim pattern to my mind. If you don’t mind some ease in the hip, you might not need to adjust too much. The waist is elastic, so there is flexibility there too.

    In your situation, I might make a size 6 with the length of a 7. You could certainly do a muslin, but I usually just jump in and make something wearable.

    I finished my second pair of ASP today. Nicole has a great tutorial if you haven’t made them before.

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    Profile photo of bren5kidsbren5kids @bren5kids

    If it were me, sewing for my child, I don’t think I’d worry about the extra room in the hip area. But if you’re afraid that any bagginess would bother you, I would go with Maggie’s suggestion.

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    Profile photo of SarviSarvi @Sarvi

    Ah! It didn’t occur to me that maybe kate was worrying about ‘doing it by the book’ rather than getting a particular fit. Yes, in that case, as brend5kids says, I think the hip measure is probably less important than the waist measurement.

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    Profile photo of Mama_KnowlesMama_Knowles @Mama_Knowles

    This is a slimmer fitting pattern. I think the pants are about the same width in the waist as in the hips when sewn up, so if you are to take the hips in too much they might not go on very well. I would make a test pair by the pattern first before I would alter any. I have only had to shorten pants for boy but have not had any issues with the waist or hip areas.

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    Profile photo of hokiekatehokiekate @hokiekate

    Thanks for the tips, ladies! I am actually making this for a Halloween costume, so I do not want to invest too much time in getting it just right. But, at the same time, I do want them to fit. I will try it as is in a size seven based on the testimonies that it is a slim fitting pattern and let you all know how it turns out. Then, if it works, I can always make him some pants to wear everyday. Lord knows, he always needs more pants!

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    Profile photo of roundtheworldgirlroundtheworldgirl @roundtheworldgirl

    I don’t have an answer for you except to agree that it is a slim-fitting pattern. I’m just writing to say that you should know, Hokie, that there is a Cavalier on this board 😉

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    Profile photo of NicoleNicole @motherof5

    Thank you Maggie!

    I adore this pattern as it is a neater fit, but I agree, if you are worried, size up.

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