Saturday, March 14, 2009

Pant sew-along - Part 4

The pattern

The front pattern pieces. The middle piece is the button facing. I use the same facing piece for both sides. The waist will be pretty low so I don't need any darts. I will use a side zipper or hooks for the closure. Hooks are my secret weapon, since I find side zippers really hard to get right,

The buttoning up-close and reversed. The notches at the top of the facing piece marks the fold lines. I also use notches for the buttoning since I will just mark the start of the vertical buttonholes with an awl or a pen and then use the automatic buttonhole function on my Bernina which keeps all holes the same size as long as I don't turn off my machine.

The pattern notcher. A very useful tool that I bought from an Ebay seller. Children will also appreciate the notcher since it's doubles up as a great train ticket puncher.

The back crotch. I don't know why, but this slanted L-shape is the thing that works best with my butt. As you can see the back pattern piece is not very wide around the hips. That's because I'm using a very stretchy material. This slim shape worked well on my skinny jeans so I think it will be right for this project too.

All the pattern pieces. Now they are ready to be put away in a black plastic bag and moved to a new address. Hopefully I will be able to unpack them next week and cut the fabric.

5 comments:

  1. You give me much to aspire to. Good luck with your move!

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  2. Wow - that is a very professional looking pattern and the photography is just gorgeous.

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  3. What fabric do you have in mind now that the pattern is done? And another good luck with your move - I just shudder at the thought of having to pack up all my stuff.

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  4. You look like you know what you are doing! Love the notcher..so do my kids. Good luck on the move!

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  5. loving the pant sew along. Just making a pair of wide leg trousers and all inspiration is appreciated.

    I find that sewing in a side zip is very easy if you first sew up the area you wish to add the zipper to. EG: sew up the left hand side all the way to the top. then place your zip on the sewn area you wish it to be...so face down in this case, with the zippers centre on the centre line of the sewn line. Now tack in place then sew in place. Once done Unpick the first seam from the top till the bottom line of the zipper. hey presto a zipper that is flush to the garment :)
    Hope that makes sence

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