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How to measure crotch length for men’s pants

How to measure crotch length for men’s pants

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  • #48612
    the_professors_assistant
    Keymaster

    I hope it’s not too indelicate to ask but since I can’t find out any other way, I’ll just ask. How do I measure crotch length for men’s pants? I watched the video on how to alter crotch length on patterns. I can understand how using a tape “between your legs” to measure crotch length would likely work for FEMALES… but I’m a MALE. I have “special” needs and haven’t much idea on how to go about getting the right amount of “easing” in this area. I have pants that feel OK when I’m standing but when I sit down, they’re too tight “down there.” I also have pants where there’s far more room than I need. I sure would appreciate a discussion/video on this touchy topic.
    I thought perhaps if I donned a pair of jockey underwear and measured over the top of them that would work OK. I’d like to hear if there’s a better way. Thanks.

    #48614
    the_professors_assistant
    Keymaster

    Great question! So you’re basically doing the same thing by taking the measurement between your legs from front waist to back waist. (yes, you can do this in your boxers). But in your case, while still holding the tape measure in place, go ahead and sit down. If the tape measure feels tight while sitting, you can let the tape measure out a little bit at a time until it feels more comfortable. Also, if you have a pair of pants that you consider the “perfect” pants as far as fit, you can always measure the crotch length on those pants as well. Hope that helps!

    #48623
    the_professors_assistant
    Keymaster

    Thank you very much for your rapid and helpful response. I’m a 77 year old who is just taking up sewing as a winter hobby. I’m amazed at how sewing and my other hobby – woodworking – both require similar discipline for good results. Accurate measurement… allowances for different materials… great care and practiced skill in using the tools of the trade, a dozen ways to skin the cat, and, most importantly, opportunities to use creative imagination. But sewing has a bonus… I can do it inside in comfort when the sub-zero temps make it impossible for me to enjoy making sawdust in my shop in our unheated barn. Thanks again for your help!

    #48625
    the_professors_assistant
    Keymaster

    That’s awesome! I’m so glad you’re enjoying your new hobby. You’re correct and I think a lot of people see only the creativity in this hobby but don’t realize that there is a lot of math, precision and problem solving as well. When you take the time to do all of those things, your sewing projects just get better and better 🙂

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