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Kris32
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Date: 4/17/06 5:20 PM

I made a pair of cargo pants for dhubby about two years ago. He really likes them except for the pocket flaps. They curl up and out at the corners. I interfaced either the top or the bottom of the flaps when they were put together, I don't remember which it was. It didn't work to hold the flaps flat, that's for sure.
I am getting ready to make him another pair. What can I do differently this time so the flap corners do not curl?

TIA!

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Date: 4/17/06 6:40 PM

The quickest way to avoid this is to sew on little squares of velcro on the corners to hold them down. Since that's often a feature on RTW, it should look like a design detail.

The longer answer is to make the outer layer of the flap slightly bigger than the under layer so it curves over. I do it by aligning the cut edges, then adjusting the outer layer so that there is a tiny bit of underlayer showing. This makes the outer layer a little longer, and better able to accomodate a curve when attached to a pant leg. It does take a bit of practice to get it not puckering at the seamline, even with a small adjustment. Sew the flap, then when you turn it through and topstitch (with the seamline at the edge, not rolled under) the outer layer being fractionally bigger doesn't show, but should sit flatter around the curve of a leg. Hope that helps.

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Date: 4/17/06 9:18 PM

I cheat, and position the buttonholes at the flap corners. They start close to the corner and are stitched at a 45 degree angle toward the center of the flap.

I started doing that when DD was in high school and one of the ditzier fair maidens at the school stopped DD one day and said "Like, I was wondering, like, ya know, like why all you preppy girls have pockets that, ya know, like, curl up at the corners, ya know?"

So, like, this corner button method means, like, twice as many buttonholes, ya know, but hey - like, it's worth it.

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Date: 4/18/06 1:19 AM

Karla, you kill me!!

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Date: 4/18/06 3:11 PM

Thanks for the advice! There is a rectangle of velcro in the middle of each flap. It would be easy to move two squares to the edges. I will try to overlap the underside of the flap a bit and see if we can keep those edges down where they are supposed to be.

Thank you, ladies!

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Date: 4/18/06 8:13 PM

Like, Karla, did you, like ya know, take that gum out while you were, ya know, like typing?

Edited because I forgot that "ya know" isn't spelled "you"
-- Edited on 4/18/06 8:15 PM --

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Date: 4/20/06 6:52 AM

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Like, Karla, did you, like ya know, take that gum out while you were, ya know, like typing?


Oh, for sure, Judy, but -gag me - do ya like know how hard it is to type while you're like holding gum in your hand?

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Date: 4/20/06 11:50 AM



Karla, Like, ya know, like it's so cool, like typing, like with gum in like ya know in your hand, like ya know, using all the letters, cool!

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Date: 4/20/06 5:27 PM

Damn - I should know better than to read anything you have to say with coffee in my mouth Karla - I almost sprayed the screen!

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