Welcome to Thread It Thursday!!!
With every project, my goal is to improve my sewing skills. I am a mostly self-taught sewist. I have taken a few classes, but most of my sewing knowledge comes from books, blogs and youtube. Which have all been great resources might I add.
Today’s area of focus is pattern matching. In the past I never even gave pattern matching a thought……well except one time prior when I made a plaid pleated skirt for my mom to attend an event. After making that skirt for her, I never gave pattern matching any further thought. Until now.
I had been promising to make my oldest daughter a pair of jogger pants for quite some time. She chose a lovely chevron print…..which meant I had to step up my sewing game a bit. I needed to really make sure everything lined up all around. Now she could care less about the pattern matching, she’s just looking for a great fit. But…..me….the one who is diligently working to improve my sewing skills has to at least try and make this look as professional as possible.
My pattern matching is not perfect, but I am pretty pleased with the outcome. The more I practice and try new things the better I will get in time. If you would like to make these pants click here or for a similar pair click here.
I have to say that I really appreciate seeing all the inspiration and projects from other bloggers. It motivates me to keep pushing myself to become better in all aspects of sewing, blogging etc.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by, I greatly appreciate it!!
Until Next Time,
Welcome To Thread It Thursday!!
Today I wanted to share a pair of floral jogger pants that I made using Simplicity Pattern 2061 View B. I love this style of pants. They are cute, comfy and can be styled in so many ways.
The fabric is a Floral Jersey Knit. I have a love/hate relationship with jersey knit. I love that it’s very forgiving….I hate that it rolls up and gets stuck in your sewing machine. I powered through the up’s and downs and completed the project.
The pattern was very easy to follow. My pants turned out as pictured on the envelope. The fit is true to size. There are not a lot of pattern pieces to cut out….which I Loved!!!!
My only suggestion/alteration would be to not add the additional 3″ to your elastic waist measurement. I would only add 1″. With the 3″ the pants were to big in the waist.
All and all this was a quick and easy sew…..minus the fabric issue’s.
I did gain a new skill. I added cuffs to the bottom of pants for the first time and it was very simple to do.
With each project I am building up my sewing knowledge, skill and confidence. At time’s it can be very frustrating but in the end when I have made a wearable garment it just feels AMAZING!!
Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by, it’s greatly appreciated.
This project has me so excited. I love track pants. They are so versatile.
So, when the idea popped into my head to do a DIY pair……I immediately headed to my local chain fabric stores. Unfortunately, I met with disappointment. I found nothing that inspired me. So a few months past and I find an online fabric store, that had just what I had in mind. Once the fabric I ordered arrived and I got some other sewing projects out of the way I got started.
Let’s dive into this tutorial…..
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2 yards of a medium to heavy knit
A pair of jeans or pants (skinny fit)
1. Fold Fabric in half and place your pants or jeans on top. Place your jeans down 4″ from the top. You’re going to cut 1″ away from your pants/jeans.(This will be the front of your pants.)
2. Fold your fabric again and now place the piece you just cut out on top. Cut close to the pant leg that’s laying on top of the folded fabric. Please be sure to cut the crotch area 2″ bigger. You need room for your backside to fit properly.
3. Now open up the back piece you just cut with the right side of the fabric facing you.
4. Open the front of the pants. Lay it on top of the back piece with the wrong side facing you. Pin from the top to the crotch.
5. Sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance from the top to the crotch using a stretch or small zig-zag stitch. Being sure to back stitch at the beginning and end.
6. Open up the pants like so.
7. Stitch down each leg with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Try your pants on and make any needed adjustments. Finish your seams with a serger, zig-zag stitch or pinking shears.
8. Now measure the bottom of your pant leg. Mine was 6.5″ across and 13″ all around. (The front is 6.5″ + the back is 6.5″ = 13″ ) Now you need to cut the 1/2″ elastic. To do so subtract 3 to 4 inches from measurement you just took. For me that measurement is 13″- 4″= 9″. (I wanted a more fitted pant at the bottom.) Now cut 2 pieces of elastic.
9. Hem the bottom of your pants by folding over 1/4″ and then 1″. Sew around the bottom pant leg close to the edge using a stretch or small zig-zag stitch. Leave a 2″ opening to feed your elastic through. Feed the elastic through. Over lap the elastic 1/4″ and sew back and forth using a zig-zag stitch. Tug on the pant leg to securely get elastic in place. Stitch the opening closed.
10. Final step……Fold your waist over 1/2″ and the 1″. Sew around the waist just like you did with the bottom of the pant leg, leave a 2″ opening. With your elastic comfortably around your waist and cut. You can also deduct 3-4″ from your waist measurement and cut the elastic at that measurement. Feed you elastic through the waist casing you just created. Overlap and stitch it together with a zig-zag stitch. Tug on the waist to get the elastic securely in place. Sew the opening shut. Give your pants a nice press with your iron.
Ta da all done. You can dress them up or down. Wear to the gym, they are very versatile. The fabric came from Girlcharlee.com at $3.00 yard. The fabric was slightly flawed on the selvage edge which is why it’s discounted. Since you will be cutting the selvage edge away, the flaw doesn’t matter. Click here to check it out or to check out the other options.
Please feel free to ask questions if needed.
Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,