Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sew-Along #17 - Children's Pants Pattern No.2 - Lesson #3

The Children's Pants Pattern No.2 by E+M Patterns

Welcome to day two of the Children's Pants Pattern No.2 sew-along.  I want to remind everyone that I am not a "professional" seamstress, nor was I formally taught.  I'm just a girl who loves fabric, sewing, and pretty much everything related to those two things.  If you have any questions, suggestions, or tips to share; please make sure to post them on our Facebook group.

Please read the Children's Pants Pattern No.2 Tutorial all the way through before you begin.  It's probably a good idea to read through this lesson once before you begin also.

If you would like to see any of the images posted in this blog larger, just click on them.  It might be helpful in some steps. 

A. Assembling the Front Legs 

1. Grab your two front leg pieces.  Place them right sides together.

2. Pin them together at the crotch.

3. Stitch together using a ½" seam allowance.

4. Press the seam open.  If you have a Taylor's Pressing Ham (affiliate link) it can make the task a bit easier.

5. Fold each side of the seam allowance under.  Do this by matching up the raw edge of the fabric to the stitch line and folding under.

6. Press with your iron as you continue to move down the seam.

7. Stitch down each side of the seam using the center seam as a guide for your presser foot.

B. Attaching the Hip Pockets

1. Lay out the front of your pants like so.

2. Grab one of your hip pockets.

3. Place it on top of the front of you pants like so.

4. Fold back the back side of the pocket (piece B).

5. Line up the curve of the hip pocket front (piece A) with the curve of the pant front.  If you added a ruffle the ruffle will be sandwiched between the pocket front and the pant front.

6. Pin in place.

7. Make sure the back of the pocket (piece B) is folded back and out of your way.

8. Stitch together with a ½" seam allowance.  Make sure you are only stitching through the pant front, ruffled edge, and pocket piece A.  Pocket piece B should be pulled out of you way.  When you are finished stitching, trim this seam and clip the curve.  Pinking shears make this super easy.

9. Now, flip the pocket back and line up the edge of the pocket with the edge of the pants like the picture below.

10. Place a pin to secure it.

11. Do the same with the top edge of the pants and pocket.

12. Gently tug down on the front of your pants while smoothing out the pocket.

13. Make sure the seam is pulled taunt and everything is smooth.  Gently iron everything flat.  Be careful if you are using corduroy that you don't iron so much you make it shiny.  Also, be careful to not iron over your pins unless they have a glass head or you might melt them. 

14. Top stitch the pocket.  Again, make sure you do not catch the back of the pocket (piece B) into your stitching.  I lengthen my stitches to 3.5 to give the top stitching a more professional look.  I also like to stitch two rows.  Use the seam and stitching as a stitch guide to make sure your rows are straight and evenly spaced.

15. Inside of pocket with stitching.

16. Outside of pocket with stitching.

17. Repeat on the other side.

18. Again, line up the side edges of the pockets with the side edges of the pants and the top edges of the pockets with the top edges of the pants.  Pin.

19. Baste these four places down to make assembling the rest of the pants easier.

C. Assembling the Back Legs

1. Grab the two back leg pieces.  Pin them at the crotch with WRONG sides together.

2. Stitch together using a ¼" seam allowance.  Make sure you use a ¼" allowance, NOT a ½" this time.  Trim the seam allowance in half and clip the curves.  Again, pinking shears make for speedy work.

3. Press the seam allowance to one side.  I start at each end of the seam and give it a little press with the iron.  I then fold the pants right sides together and iron the seam well on the wrong side of the fabric.

4. Stitch on the wrong side of the pants.  Again, use a ¼" seam allowance.

5. Press this seam to one side.  Again, a Taylor's Pressing Ham (affiliate link) is helpful if you have one.

6. Stitch as close as you can to the center seam catching the seam allowance on the inside.  Stitch a second row catching the far end of the seam allowance.  Again, I lengthen my stitches for this step.

And that concludes today's lesson.  We are more than half way done.  Give yourself a pat on the back.  Same time, same place, tomorrow for lesson #4.

* If you would like to enter the prize drawing, please make sure you submit a picture of your completed lesson one to the Facebook Album by 12:00 noon CT, Friday, October 3nd.  Also, if you have any questions the Facebook Group is a great place to ask.

Thanks for sewing with me,
Danielle Storm

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