Thursday, January 15, 2009

Slim Low-Rise Pants

I like to browse retail websites and fashion mags and get ideas about what I’d like to sew. This pair of pants is no different, and here are the pieces I drew ideas from:

Slim leg, low-rise, short inseam. Here is the sketch:
I started off with a developed some time ago pant sloper, modified the leg according to the knee and ankle circumference I was going for, and added the pockets and the fly front. A muslin later I had my pattern.

Japanese Woven fabric – “Roam If You Want To” - from It is non-stretch, spring weight. This is the 2nd time I use this fabric (I made a high-waisted skirt from it earlier) and it sews like a dream!

Construction details:

For interfacing I used fine weft and fusible tricot. Fusible tricot was used behind the pockets and on the waistband facing. Everywhere else I applied fine weft. The waistband is contoured and faced with pocketing fabric. For pockets I used double welt pockets with tabs on the back and slant double welt pockets on the front.

Front slant double welt pockets – I saw this particular design on a pair of GAP pants and thought it was a neat idea (particularly for low-rise pants) how the top edge of the pocket was “cut.” I mulled over what was the best technique to use and I came up with a pretty decent one. this is a photo tutorial on how to make them.