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Liz in Cville
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Date: 9/7/12 7:13 PM

I'm desperate for lounge pants, and with the size of both my fabric stash and my pattern stash, it shouldn't be a problem. And yet.

I am thinking of starting with some cotton 100% interlock or 100% cotton terry from my stash. These being all-cotton, relatively stable knits (little or no stretch, poor recovery), I am assuming I should use a pattern intended for wovens rather than, say, the tight-fitting Kwik Sew Yoga pants pattern we all know and love. Does that sound right?

I am thinking of McCalll 5298, for which the suggested fabrics are "Cotton Blends • Silk Crepe • Linen Crepe • Challis • Denim." But have only seen one review, and that pair was made with quilting cotton.

Otherwise, I could do what I did last time with interlock, which was to attach a guide arm to the rotary cutter and add 1/2 inch everywhere except the length. Unforunately, however, I ended up with non-matching seams, though I don't know whether that was due to the crude increase I just described or to previous adjustments to the pattern, since it was my first attempt with that pattern. But anyway, I thought it would be nice to use a pattern "as intended" first, and see how that works out ;)

I also have a KS patterns made for wovens, Kwik sew 3602, but the fact that they call it pajama pants makes it feel even less chic than regular lounge pants. And the one pair I've made so far might be a bit roomy on top. But it's a possibility.

Soo.... do I true up the edges of my almost-working yoga pants copy and try not to mess it up this time when adding the 1/2 inch, or start over with a pattern made for wovens?

A separate question: I also have a couple of fabrics that will work better with the yoga pants pattern, but I need to test the pattern further before I cut into the "good" stuff. Will my thin poly ITY work as a test fabric, or would that not really give me an accurate picture of what the pattern would like like in a stretch cotton or similar?

TIA for your wisdom. I really need to get sewing; I mainly stopped buying clothes when I started buying fabric, and some of my lounge pants are pretty darn ragged. If the neighbors stop by and see me in them, they may start bringing food by or indulging in some other form of charity... And I'm a very picky eater ;)


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Date: 9/7/12 7:20 PM

I live on the edge, so I'd use the yoga pant pattern, and sew them with a 1/4-3/8" seam. The fabrics you're considering will be soft and forgiving, even without too much stretch. Or, retrace the pattern 1/2 size larger (exactly between two size lines.)

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Date: 9/7/12 9:33 PM

I use the yoga pants from KS3115 --- and I have made them from stretch denim as well as french terry and heavy poly lycra knits. I tweeked the pattern to work for me with heavy knit. When I cut from a new fabric (with less recovery), I make extra wide side seam allowances, then baste the side seams and adjust accordingly. I have found that knits without lycra need a bit more room.

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Date: 9/8/12 1:39 PM

Thanks to you both. I will try this the easy way, then ;).

Thanks especially for the tip about cutting a little extra and then basting and adjusting as needed.

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Date: 9/9/12 5:02 PM

I made the Kwik Sew lounge pants out of quilting cotton and should have made larger seams. When will I learn? Anyway I had to put insets from the hips on up to accomodate my tummy pooch.
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