I am making progress! I have needed new pants in my wardrobe for a while now, but since I signed up for the RTW Challenge last January, I have refused to purchase any. There has been a lot of sewing this year – thoughtful sewing!
To start the pants-making process, I made my muslin, and then my first pair, my brown pair with the invisible zipper. Time to move on to my 2nd pair. I used a black 100% polyester that I was unsure would be suitable for pants, especially this pattern with its zipper and many seams, so I considered this pair might be another muslin – a stretchy knit muslin.
I decided to make some changes to the design of pants to accommodate its stretchy-ness and watched the my Craftsy course again, “One Pattern, Many Looks: Pants” with Kathy Ruddy – the chapter on elastic waistbands. Her way of inserting elastic into zippers worked so well, I decided it was going to be my “new” way to sew in elastic waistbands from now on. (Click on a photo to start the slide show.)
I like this procedure better than how I used to do it. The elastic is sewn on all around, but the outside of the waistband doesn’t show any of the stitches.
My stretchy knit muslin has turned out to be a comfortable pair of pants – something I could even wear to work with a tunic top! Have you ever been lucky enough to have a muslin turn out wearable?
It was a bit dark in the house to take photos when my pants were finished but I went ahead and did it anyway. I had to lighten my photos up a bit. (sorry!)
On to my third pair now!
And before I go, in preparation for the DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER Challenge, if you would like to participate, I have a button for you to post on your blog:
You can copy and paste the code on my sidebar into a Text Widget on WordPress or a Gadget on Blogger…I think! 😉 I will keep it in my sidebar, so it is easier to find later. How is your search going for your Designer Outfit photo?
Happy Sewing! and