Hey y’all, Melissa from Blank Slate Patterns here with you today to talk about adding personal details to your sewn garments. One of the advantages of sewing clothing is that you can make them unique, not carbon copies of every other piece of clothing in the store.
Though the Oceanside Pants pattern is super simple to sew, there are several ways to personalize them. Here are some ideas:
As I show in the Sew With Me: Oceanside Pants Pattern and Video, your choice in fabric can drastically change the look of this pattern. Substantial linen vs flowing rayon will hang differently off your body.
Contrast Pocket Fabric
Another option I show in the Sew With Me: Oceanside Pants Pattern and Video, is to use a contrasting fabric for the pocket lining. A vintage floral, polka dot or geometric pattern can add a fun pop to your pants or shorts.
The pocket buttons are a great place to use unusual or vintage buttons, especially because they can be purely decorative instead of functional.
Adding piping to a seam can draw attention to a seam. Since these pants don’t have side seams, piping around the pockets can sharply define the corners.
For a detail more subtle than contrast lining or piping, try contrast topstitching. Remember that the corner of the pocket is folded back and make sure to load your bobbin with the topstitching thread as well. You can also add topstitching to the inseam and rise seams.
Explore the Decorative Stitches on Your Machine
Do you have one of those machines with lots of decorative stitches that you never use? Depending on the stitch style, many of these are actually stronger than straight topstitching, because of the number of stitches and width used to create the design. Sewing on the pockets is a perfect place to experiment with using some of these. Just remember to test the stitch on a scrap first and if you’re using these on the pocket, check what the stitch looks like on the back side – not all decorative stitches will look good folded down for a pocket corner.
Purchase the Sew With Me Oceanside Pants Pattern and Video and have fun sewing pants or shorts that are uniquely yours!