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One neat thing we call them a pair of pants because they used to be seperate leggings one for each leg, hwich was really nice if you wanted to change the look of one leg but not the other. Then it became the cusom to attach the two pants maaking them a pair of pants. This is a very simplified version of the whole story and there were many changes in it, it really is a cool story.
Making pants is a neat thing It may help you to think of the geometry of your body, your legs are like cones with the pointy end down and the round end up where they atatch to the cylinder that it your abdomen and torso. Now these cones that are your legs intersect in the areya that is your crotch and it is here that most of the pant problems arise. so it is here that we will try to explain the most about fitting and stuff. the curved line were the cones intersect is an hyperbola (you don't need to know that) but if your legs were really conical that would make it easier.
Pattern for your pantstop
making pants is a fairly easy thin to do.So now we'll need a pattern and to do that you'll need measurements from which to make the pattern.
We'll start here by going through some way to get your measurments and the how to turn them into a pattern you can use for making pants. Do thid right and they will fit great.
Measuing yourselfTop of Pattern
Pattern DraftingTop of Pattern
Now to draft a patern from these measurments
In the back of men's pants is a nice peice of architecture which I feel all most all pants should have. you see because most of us have a bum that sticks out this creats a chalenge in covering it.
Fabric for your pantstop
Pre-shrink your fabric before making any cuts for your pants. How you pre-shink the fabric depends on the fabric, Though I find that a good rule of thumb is to abuse it terably. Whash it with soap/detergent, like if it were laundry. I will wash it two or three time, once is never enough, on the hotest settings I can. This will distress the fibers the most and then the fabric shouldn't srink any more. Also because modern
Cutting your pantstop
Pockets should be cut of a different lighter fabric with a tight weave. the tight weave will prevent holes in you pockets. A small facing placket of the pants fabric is used to line the mouth or opening of the pocket so the opening will look the same as the pants. This is don with most pants because when the pocket is mad of a heavy fabric like the pant the sewing gets really thick around the pocket oppening and when you wash the pants it takes a long tome for the pockets to dry. I am only talking here only about inside pockets, outside patch pocket would be made of the same pant fabric as the pants. like back pockets.
One thing I sometimes do in prepairing to sew is to sew in any stay stitching so cuves won't strech out of shap. Another good one is to zig-zag around the raw edge of the main pant parts, this will prevent the edge from fraying even years later.
Sewing your pantstop
Sides Top of Sewing
I will often start sewing a pair of pants by sewing the pocket into the side seams then treat the legs as whole peices
Once you've sewn the inseams (inside legs) you've closed the conical pant and you are ready to sew the crotchFly/Front Top of Sewing
There are instructions for sewing a pair of jeans where the Zipper Fly instructions are, You may like to give them a quick look.
Back Top of Sewing
Waistband Top of Sewing
Hem Top of Sewing
I hate hemming myown pants alone, I often pin them several times and then tell people it was easy :o)
Wear your new pantstop
Well the first step in wearing your pants is to get them on. I trust you've worn them before and don't need my help. However just for fun I'd like to say pull the right leg on to the right leg and the left onto the left and pull upp till they stop then close the waistband and the fly Now go out and wear your new pants. Pat yourself on the back and be sure to tell anyone who asks the you made them your self:o)
Hug someone you love too
| © Ragnar Torfason|
2006 March 28