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Sherril Miller
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Date: 1/8/05 1:59 PM

After making all those t-shirts for the past couple of months, I need some pants to go with them. I've been collecting pants weight fabric and it's time to sew it up.

I know others need pants too, so come join us! Debbie and others, even if you've got pants sewing all figured out, you can help the rest of us and sew some new one for yourself too. I know I always need lots of help with a new pattern.

I'm going to make some woven waist band styles--with pockets. I've got enough pull-on pants. I've been trying to drop a few pounds so I'll be making mine with future alterations in mind.

What are you planning?

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Date: 1/8/05 2:14 PM

Hi Sherril, what a great idea. I'm bumming, I just got DPC's pant CD and really want to work with it. I'm excited though, I'm doing the PR jacket class. It starts Monday. I expect we will be working on it for about 4 weeks. If it goes well, I think I'll have to make another right away to reinforce the ideas. My oh my, so little time, so many things to try.

If you guys consider March still Winter, I'll be joining you, I hope.

Don't laugh, my November T shirt is finally cut out.

Happy New year, and happing sewing to all. I love these Plus sized threads. I learn so much from you guys.

~Ann

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Date: 1/8/05 2:49 PM

count me in I do need some pants that are not pull on style and in colors other than black.

I am still making some t-shirts still need a few of those.

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Date: 1/8/05 3:43 PM

What a great idea! I've pulled a couple of pieces out of my stash for pants so this may be the encouragement I need to get two or three pair done. I've got a couple of client projects but my evening sewing will be for me. I want to try a modified waistband for me - it will look like a regular waistband but what I plan to do is cut pieces of 1" Ban-Roll for the center front and center back sections of my waistband and sew these together with sections of 1" elastic that will fit at the sides. I'll attach the waistband then sew the Ban-Roll / elastic to the seam allowances only, stretching the elastic as necessary. Finally, I'll turn the waistband right side out and stitch in the ditch to anchor the back. I think this will work but haven't tried it yet. I just want a little give as my weight fluctuates somewhat. What do you think?

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Date: 1/8/05 5:00 PM

You read my mind! I'm trying my FIRST pair of non pull-on pants with the Soho pattern, which is a bit of a cheat because it does have elastic inside the waist (which I need), but it also has a zipper and darts, which I'm not sure I'll need with my tummy.

I'm a lot slower than the rest of you because I don't have much time to sew, but I'd love to be in on this because it''ll be a real challenge to fit real pants!!

I'm just now making a muslin of the top half of the pants (like to the knee) to see how good my flat pattern skills are -ha, ha, ha.

Nina

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Date: 1/8/05 9:44 PM

Quote: Sherril Miller
Debbie and others, even if you've got pants sewing all figured out,

I'll be here. I only have one style figured out. And after the holidays, I think they shrunk.

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Date: 1/8/05 10:09 PM

Count me in too !
I seriously think i went up 2 sizes after the holidays. So im gonna have to figure out how to make the adjustments for my pants pattern. I havent bought any fabric in so long that once i do figure out this pants pattern, im gonna treat myself to some. i've just been trying to use up what fabric i do have left on t-shirts and anything else i can sew up. i've got to get some of this fabric under control.

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Date: 1/9/05 2:11 AM

Count me in. I've dreaded doing pants again, but I've stashed some better quality fabrics and have some RPL coming from EOS. I'm going to copy a pair of RTW pull-up pants with pockets first. Then I want to try a new alteration. Guess I better start digging through my patterns. Hope I can find some that aren't so big in the thighs!

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Date: 1/9/05 11:14 AM

Cathy, I know what you mean. I have a huge problem with the thighs being too big. I've worked it out by cutting my pants two sizes smaller than my measurements except at the sideseam. Because I have such a large waist I usually need to cut the largest size for the sides. To reduce the thigh so I don't get the jodpur look, I take my yardstick, place one end at the top waist and the other end at the knee and draw a straight line. This cuts off all the thigh/hip room that my shape doesn't have while leaving room for my high hips. Maybe this will work for you. I've done this on a Burda pants pattern. Here is a Review of those pants.

Debbie, I have lot of pants that shrunk. I'm hoping to shrink me so I can get back into them. Seriously, I really think that color denim never stops shrinking. I washed mine 4 times and dried it on hot before cutting, but those red jeans are just too tight now after only a few washings. How do you prevent that?
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Date: 1/9/05 2:00 PM

Sherril,
Don't keep drying them. Just dry until damp and then hang 'em up. Are the red jeans still too tight after wearing them an hour?

I actually wore my green jeans last night so they aren't so bad. But I still can feel the extra 5 lbs of Christmas cookies that found a home at my waist. :)

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