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My first pair of pants!

2009 August 20
by elizabeth_admin

But not the last. They’re not perfect, but I will still wear them proudly, this weekend as a matter of fact.  Since my last post on the capris, I attached and topstitched the waistband, hemmed the pant legs, hand sewed the crotch seam below the zipper closed and hand stitched the closures on.  I am so proud of these pants.  It was a long journey, but so worth it.  I see many pants in my future!  Here are some pictures (I’m not sure why the quality isn’t great again, sorry!)…

front capri hemmed

rear capri hemmed

hem on pant leg

I folded the hem twice and stitched the hem. 

stitch in the ditch waistband

I topstitched the waistband and you can see my stitch in the ditch stitches right below the waistband where I attached the waistband facing. 

suit closures

I added two suit closure type hooks and eyes.  Thea taught me how to correctly sew them on:

  • Make 3-4 stitches per “hole”
  • slip needle between the facing and waistband to the next hole so your stitch doesn’t show on the facing or the front
  • when finished stitching to waistband, make a loop with the final stitch, pass the needle through twice, and pull taut.  Then slip needle between the facing and waistband again about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch and out.  Cut the thread and you’re all done!!!

It looked way more professional than when I stitched the hook and eye to my niece’s blouse.

The next picture shows some puckering when I attached the waistband to the pant.  🙁

waistband mistakes


Things I learned on this project:

  • How to hand sew hooks and eyes properly
  • How to stitch in the ditch (maybe I’ll do a tutorial for the other beginners out there soon)
  • sewing with wovens is not as forgiving as with knits, every mistake shows.
  • order of construction matters! (I was going to add pockets, but didn’t know you had to add them before sewing the legs together.  Oops!)
  • It pays to make a muslin for pants and to muslin again for fit.
  • Why invisible zippers don’t look good in the front of pants.  (I should have bought a regular zipper)
  • I need to make more pants to perfect my sewing skills. 

Overall, I am quite pleased with my first pants.  I don’t think they come off as “loving hands at home”, but they’re not perfect either.  I will definitely be making some more.  Maybe shorts too!

I am taking a vacation next week with Jack to visit my parents and start a new job after that, so sewing might be a bit scarce for awhile.  I hope you’ll still be here when I get back.  😉

Until then, I wish you all happy sewing!  Oh and don’t forget to visit the Trench Sew Along and see what’s cooking there!  I picked out my pattern and bought my fabric today.

8 Responses leave one →
  1. August 20, 2009

    Excellent work! Your first pair of pants look great!

  2. August 20, 2009

    Great pants!!!

  3. Joyce in NC permalink
    August 21, 2009

    You did a great job on your first pair. Here’s to many more.

  4. riotflower permalink
    August 21, 2009

    Congratulations- they’re great!
    I have yet to take the plunge of making real trousers but your post urges me on.

  5. August 21, 2009

    Awesome — congrats! I’ve made PJ pants but not yet regular pants. I am doing one right now so hope mine looks as good.

  6. August 22, 2009

    Those look great for your first pair! So what did you buy today?

  7. August 22, 2009

    Thank everyone for the encouragement! I am wearing the pants on my flight today. We’ll see how they do by the end of a day of hard traveling!

    Carolyn, I bought my trench fabric in a navy cotton with a peachskin feel on the right side, and two suitings, one in grey and one in brown. I’m getting a little ahead of myself, but I’m ok with that. 😉

  8. February 4, 2010

    You did a GREAT job on sewing your pants. I have a A-Z video tutorial on how to fit and sew pants. Hope it will help you in getting a better fit when you sew your next pair.

    Have a great day and happy sewing
    Patricia Schoeman

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