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One Pattern, Many Looks: Pants taught by Kathy Ruddy

Create a versatile block pattern to ensure perfect-fitting pants across an array of style choices. Kathy Ruddy shows you how!

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Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Casual
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What are you most proud of? I now have six pairs of pants that I made, fit, and look good on me.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? This class helped me tweak my Jeans pattern from another class. Kathy's motto cut large sew small best advice anyone can give.

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This is how I'd tackle this-The waistband needs to be dropped. Put on your pants pull them up, tie a thin piece of elastic around your waist, chalk a line to see how much and where to take off. Hope this helps

03/04/2014 Flag

Great job, Pat! I took Jeanius too! It was so much fun, and I ended up with a pair of jeans that fit exactly like my old ones. Then realized they are comfy but they really don't fit well so for a year (off and on) I've been working to get a good fit. Getting close. Your pants are beautiful! Where did you add for the elastic? side seam or center seam? Please explain that process some more.

05/04/2015 Flag

Hi Pcampbell, I cut the waist band 3 ". I cut the waist band with the salvage along one long edge or I serge one long edge. I sew the unfinished edge to the pants RST 1/2" seam. I pin the wast band to the inside finished position. From the right side I stitch in the ditch with the Edge Stitch Foot, ending at the side seam. I insert 1" Non Roll Elastic Cut longer 3 or 4 inches than the back of the pants. Tuck inside the waist band and sew in through all the layers above the side seam (one side only). With the zipper Foot on the inside sew waist band in place over the elastic without catching the elastic. At the side seam pin elastic in place and try on, snug up safety pin in place. Secure the elastic above the side seam by sewing through the waist band. cut off the extra elastic. From the right side with the Edge Stitch Foot Stitch in the Ditch . I clip into the seam allowance and turn under the front ends of the waist band Then hand sew .

05/04/2015 Flag

Is there a men's pants class

08/22/2016 Flag

Hi Jack-Others have made men's pants after taking this class. I learned so much in this class it would be a good class to start with. I think - Pant Construction in the Detais- could be a good class for making men's pants. I have not taken this class yet but plan to soon. Be sure to post your pants when you finish.

08/23/2016 Flag