Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sew-Along #10 - Bedtime Story Pajamas - Lesson #4

The Bedtime Story Pajamas by Oliver+S
*If you need to see more detail in any of the pictures please click on them to enlarge.

Day 4 - Beginning the Pants

We're sewing the pants to the Bedtime Story Pajamas today.  This will be very quick and painless, promise!  You deserve a couple of easy days after sewing the Kimono.  The pants are very straightforward with nothing fancy going on. Wonderful!
Note from Danielle: I highly recommend that you read through all of the instructions that came with your pattern before starting.  It helps to familarize yourself with what you will be doing.  It's a good idea with any pattern.  ;)
The pattern instructions explain how to construct the pants by sewing the length of the legs first, then putting them inside one another to attach the legs together.  I want to give you an alternative that is easier for me.  I do all of my pants in this manner.  You choose the method you like.
Begin by placing the fabric right sides together with seams lined up, pin.  Sew the two seams together. Finish the edges by serging or zig zag stitching.  You can tell that the long curved side is the back of the pants, and the short curve is the front.

Open up the pants so that the legs are formed, still right sides together.  Pin the legs together and sew the seams.  Finish your seams.  
Note from Danielle: Don't forget to go back and reinforce the rise.  To do this stitch the rise seam a second time between the two sets of notches.  Stitch just inside the seam line.  This will help to keep the seat/crotch of your pants from ripping out.  Kids can be rough on pants!
The pants are really taking shape now. Go ahead and turn the pants right side out and press.  You can start to see what the pants will look like now.

Let's stop here for today.  I know it is a short day but we will finish the waistband and leg band tomorrow, and be finished!  Yay!

Please let me know if you have any questions. Happy Sewing!

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