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Stripe on a pyjama pant leg
Does it need to be bias?
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Date: 3/18/12 11:59 AM

DS wants his pjs to look like Han Solo's pants. And yes, for those who remember such things, he is 31 years old. They are all little boys forever, aren't they?

I think I will sew the outer leg seam first and apply the stripe before sewing up the inseam and crotch, but wondering if I have to go to the extra effort of making the stripe (using a medium weight broadcloth) on the bias or not? My tendency is to think not, but maybe that is the laziness talking.

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In reply to tourist

Date: 3/18/12 12:41 PM

Just my two cents -- if the base fabric is a knit, then yes to the bias; if the base fabric is woven, then bias is not necessary.

I've added a lot of stripes to the sides of men's pants legs in both woven and knit and the above is what works for me.


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In reply to SheBear0320

Date: 3/18/12 1:04 PM

Thanks Sheila - he likes light pjs so I make them from broadcloth, so I won't do bias.

He usually likes them board shorts length (just above the knee) and I use the size small, but I made him a full length pair in September that he says fit really well, but drag at the knee and pull down when he walks. I am guessing the leg is just a little narrow to have enough walking ease.

Now this brings up another question that I hadn't considered. I was just going to make a medium instead of a small, but he does like the closer fit. Perhaps i should just use the small for the upper part and morph into a larger width just above the knee... I wish I could get him here to try stuff on, but that rarely happens.

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In reply to tourist

Date: 3/18/12 5:21 PM

If the small fits in the upper area, then I would stick with the small and morph to a larger leg width starting just above the knee -- add equal amount at the inseam and outseam.

Good Luck!!!

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