We’re rounding the corner to the Clover Pant Sew Along. Now in week 3, it’s all about construction. If you are late to the sew along, purchase a pattern at shopsewitall.com, it’s easy to catch up!
Below are a few online fitting classes and resources just for pant making. Plus, check out the Flickr group where members have posted their fitting solutions.
Rae Cumbie nationally recognized pant making and fitting expert has an excellent video on Craft Daily showing how to fit pants for your body type .
Be sure to check out Rae Cumbie’s articles in Sew News on pant fitting. Part one is in the Oct/Nov issue of Sew News, hitting newsstands on tomorrow, September 17. And, part two will be in the Dec/Jan issue. Don’t miss out, subscribe today to Sew News.
Rhonda is also doing a series on drafting a pant sloper on her blog. It’s very helpful to see the process being done and a sloper is an essential step for making additional well fitting pants.
Now, here’s Rhonda!
Last week we talked about preparing our pattern and making fit adjustments. Prior to cutting out your pants, it’s very important to pre-shrink your fabric, especially if you are using a cotton/stretch blend. Nothing would be worse than to get your pants made up, throw them in the washer and then have them come out of the washer a size too small. So please wash and dry your fabric prior to cutting.
The instructions provided in the Clover pant pattern are quite easy to follow. Be sure to follow all of the stay stitching instructions that are given.
There is a small dart in the back of the pants. To mark this dart, I simply make 2 small clips at the top of the dart,
Once the darts are sewn, it’s time to attach the front pockets. The pockets are not necessary, so they can be eliminated if you choose, but I have found that even this small pocket comes in handy! There are 3 marking that are important for attaching the pocket, 2 circles and 1 notch.
The instructions say to sew the yokes together at the side seams and to sew the side seam of the pant. I like to be able to easily make adjustments, so rather than sew the yokes together, I sew the front yoke to the pant and the back yoke to the pants and then sew the side seam.
Once the yokes have been attached and the leg seams sewn, it’s time to insert the zipper. Begin by pressing the roll of the zipper flat. Do not leave the iron on the zipper too long or you’ll melt the teeth.
I do not use a special zipper foot for my invisible zippers and I never have a problem. I simple ride my foot on top of the teeth making sure that I follow the edge.
Next week we will finish up the pants. We’ll sew on the yoke facing, finish seam edges, attach a hook and loop at the waist and hem the pants. This is the third pair I have made. The Clover pant has been a welcome addition to my wardrobe. I hope you will feel the same!
Be sure to watch the video below and to check out others progress on the Flickr Group page.