Every once in awhile I kind of get the feeling that maybe it would be helpful
to do a back to the basics tutorial…all the details, no assuming you know how to do *blank*.
Now you’ll want to sew each pantleg from the crotch down to the bottom of the pant with the right sides facing together. Pin first, sew second. (you can see my stitches in blue)
Next step is a neat trick. Lay your two legs next eachother like the pic below. Turn the leg on the left right side out but leave the right one inside out. Slide the right-side out leg into the inside out leg. Line them up & pin the seams from the bottom of the crotch to the top of the waistband.
Stitch this seam being sure to stitch back & forth (reverse & forward) a bit at the beginning & end of the seam. This is sometimes called a “lockstitch” & just means you’re locking the seam into place so it won’t unravel later when it gets stressed. After stitching you can pull the leg back out & wah-lah!
Last step is making the waistband. I’ll show you how to do both an elastic waist & also a drawstring…
Measure the waistline of the intended pant-wearer & cut a piece of elastic that is that length + 1″.
Set elastic aside. Next I went ahead & finished the top edge of the waistband with my serger but that step’s optional.
Stitch a buttonhole around these markings. (Your machine should have instructions or settings for sewing buttonholes but it’s basically a satin stitch, which is really a close together zig-zag stitch) Use an exacto knife to carefully cut open the inside of the buttonhole without cutting the buttonhole stitches.
Now back to the basic pant instructions…fold the waistband in one inch & pin in place.
*Another trick, if you aren’t crazy about pinning or just want to make your stitching easier you should iron your seams first, then stitch. I rarely take the time to do this because it requires setting up the iron but whenever I do it really does make things easier.
Stitch waistband down (therefore making a casing for the elastic) but don’t go all the way around, leave a 2″ opening so we can thread the elastic through it. Take a safety pin & attach it to one end of your elastic, use the safety pin as something to hold onto while you thread the elastic through the waistband casing & back out the 2″ opening. Being careful to make sure the elastic isn’t twisted anywhere inside the casing first, go ahead & stitch the two ends of your elastic together. Go back & forth several times to make sure that sucker’s not coming apart no matter what. Stitch the 2″ opening shut.
If you were just making elastic waist pants then congrats, you’re officially done! To make a faux drawstring like mine however you’ve got a couple more steps…
Remove safety pin & knot the ends of the drawstring. To be extra sure your little one can’t pull the drawstring out of their pants (hellooo choking hazard!) I like to pull the drawstring so it’s even & then tack it down in the back center of the pants with a my sewing machine.
That’s it! Lots of directions but it’s actually kind of easy, right? Once you make a few you’ll be able to make pants in 15 minutes, easy. Not to mention capris, shorts, bloomers…they’re all just slight variations. Get this & you’ve got down some good basic skillz.So what’d you guys think? Do you like getting back to the basics sometimes? Were the details & massive amounts of pictures helpful??