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Making Pants
Your basic leg coverings throughout the world and time are pants.

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 pants       top

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 yourself       Top of Pattern
There are a few measurments and those are the key fitting areas

Pattern Drafting       Top 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 pants       top
The coice of fabric is yours,... A fabric that hangs/draps well is always good, though pants are generaly such short things that unlegg they're wide it's not that big a deal.

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 pants       top
Lay out your fabric, double layer with outside of fabric togher so you'll cut two of each piece and the'll be ready to sew together in most cases too. Then lay out the pattern peices, try to lay them out so you use the least fabric but don't get to extream in trying to save fabric. Be sure to have the grain of the fabric running the length of the legs, the pants will hang better and be more comfortable having the warp threads vertical when your wearing them. The warp are the long threads that were first setup in the loom and run lengthwise in the fabric, parallel to the selvage. I find it is best to ensure that the waistband has the selvage edge on it as the selvage ussually has very little stretch

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.

Prepair       top
Now take the time to prepare everything you'll need to sew your pants. This falls into the "measure twice, cut onece" rule, for the time you take to get all set up will save you time later.

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 pants       top
Now we do the sewing of our pants, fun isn't it.

There are basically 6 steps to making any pair of pants Pockets       Top of Sewing





Sides       Top of Sewing
This means outsides and insindes of the legs.

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 crotch

Fly/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
Put them on and mark them for the length you want. Get a friend to help or pin them and get a look in a mirror. Once you like the look and position of the hem sew it in and your done.

I hate hemming myown pants alone, I often pin them several times and then tell people it was easy :o)

Wear your new pants       top

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)

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2006 March 28