making pants

I'd like to be able to make pants for my husband and for myself. I've never
tackled something that difficult yet. Does anyone have a suggestion on how
to go about doing this? Any good books or ideas?
Thanks,
Cindy Hutchison
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Cindy
You are right that it is difficult, but the looser the fit you want, the easier it will get.
I'm sure other people will chime in with other things, including some really good books out there, but as for myself, please take the information on this web site to heart:
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Melinda Meahan - take out TRAS
Thanks for the suggestion. I can see I have my work cutout for me! Cindy
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Cindy
If you aim for a trouser fit, you will have more successes. If you are aiming for a "they fit so close you'd be surprised they weren't spray-painted on" look, it will be incredibly difficult.
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Melinda Meahan - take out TRAS
I understand that making trousers/slacks for guys is quite different than fitting women's slacks. For one thing - one side of the slacks's front is larger and fit more loosely than on the opposite side of the zipper. It is said that a man "dresses" left or right. And whereas a woman's front curve of the crotch is at a higher elevation from the floor than the rear crotch curve, with men it is the opposite. HTH a little. Sharon
On Mon, 11 Jun 2007 08:41:35 -0500, "Cindy" wrote:
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Seeker
Dear Sharon,
The "dressing" left or right is accomplished by stretching and pressing the crotch seam on the preferred side; no alteration of the pattern is required. Pants really aren't that difficult to make; it's the fitting that is crucial. Once that is accomplished, these are the steps in making up. Serge or otherwise finish all seam allowances. Details first: creases are pressed in first. Pleats next, if part of the design. Pockets next--facings first, then the bag. Partially sew the front seam below the zipper, about one inch--just enough to press and install the zipper. Zipper next. Sew one back to one front at inseam; press seam open. Sew the crotch seam (the "U" shape). Sew side seams.
If you're making pull-on pants, skip to the inseam step. Turn over the top for a casing, and install either elastic or drawstring, or both.
Teri
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gjones2938
What about dismantling a pair of pants that fit? Any hints on doing that? Thanks, Cindy
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Cindy
Dear Cindy,
Designers do this all the time. They make a toile, or muslin of the design. When it looks the way they want, they mark all the seams with a marker, take it apart, and the patternmaker makes a permanent pattern of the right side of the garment for a woman, a left side for a man.
You don't even have to take the garment apart. You can pin draft. A carpeted floor will work for this if you don't have a professional drafting table. Put a large piece of paper down on the carpet. Smooth out the garment so that the piece you're going to draft is completely flat, with no wrinkles. Then, Secure it with sticky tape so it won't move around. Then, take a pin, and prick the seam every half inch all the way around the piece. When you've completed one piece, repeat the process with the other pieces. For pants, you'll have a front and back, and maybe a pocket.
Remove the garment from the paper, and connect the pin pricks. Then add 5/8-inch seam allowances on all edges, and at least 1-1/2 inches for the hem.
Even though the pants fit, you should make a muslin first out of cheap material to make sure of the fit.
Good luck.
Teri
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