My first pair of pants!
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!)…
I folded the hem twice and stitched the hem.
I topstitched the waistband and you can see my stitch in the ditch stitches right below the waistband where I attached the waistband facing.
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. 🙁
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.