Puns N Needles

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The Pants – The Beginning

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I do have a new pair of pants, and if public opinion counts for anything, they were a successful make. But we’ll get back to that. I want to share the process that took me from thinking about making pants, to doing it.

Naturally, it started with a skirt.  I’m working with McCall’s pattern 6361 which includes shorts, capris and a skirt. Since I’ve already worked out the fit of an a-line skirt, I decided to use this silhouette to try out a fly zipper (new to me). Mostly following the directions in the pattern insert, I also searched the internet and found a tutorial on Melissa Mora’s blog. I considered this one a wearable muslin, as I made it in a home decorating cotton fabric of indeterminate age that came from a local estate sale.

First sample "jean" skirt on left. Self-drafted a-line skirt on right. Both made with estate sale home decorating cotton.

First sample “jean” skirt on left. Self-drafted a-line skirt on right. Both made with estate sale home decorating cotton.

Not content to quit with one practice garment, and also wanting to enlarge my pockets (I have big hands) and practice belt loops, I made another one. OK, making another skirt delayed the inevitable challenge of fitting my new trousers.

Golden corduroy (ooh, so soft) a-line "jean" skirt with pockets and belt loops

Golden corduroy (ooh, so soft) a-line “jean” skirt with pockets and belt loops

With two skirts under my belt, I decided the next step toward well-fitting pants would be well-fitting shorts. I cut out the shorts pattern in a vertical stripe fabric which was leftover from… shorts I made a couple years ago. They actually turned out pretty well, and I was really pleased with the fit until I considered how much stretch is in this mystery fabric. I could wear the original shorts once before they stretched out to be too big to stay up on their own. This didn’t bode well for pants made in a non-stretch fabric, so it was back to the drawing board.

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Author: Accacia

I'm a librarian at a college in Lexington, Virginia. I sew, I knit, and I cook.

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  1. Pingback: I made some pants and I’m so excited. | Puns N Needles

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