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Date: 10/28/13 7:57 AM

Hello,
I'm going to try my hand at making pants/trousers because store-bought ones never fit. I'll post about my fitting issues in the fitting thread if I can't figure them out.
But my question here is - if I make changes to the pattern in the waist area . . . or even if I want to convert a pattern that has a waist band to one that has a faced waist . . . do I just draft my own facing?

It doesn't look like it would be hard. But then nothing does until I actually try to do it.

So - do you try to draft it using the pattern? If so, obviously you'd have to be using a paper pattern so that you could fold the darts (I say paper b/c I always trace the store-bought paper patterns onto tracing interfacing, so I can make adjustments, and you can't really fold that). So I'd have to make my pattern, make the adjustments, then once I'm satisfied, THEN I would have to make a paper tracing of the pattern. Then I could fold out the darts on my tracing.

Or - do you somehow use the fabric pants that you have constructed to draft a facing? Like using tracing paper laid over the pants?

I know this can be done. And now that I've put it into words - I think the first option sounds better, agree?

Hmm, writing this out helped me pretty much answer my own question . . . but please let me know if you have any tips.

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Date: 10/28/13 9:04 AM

I do it the first way. Also, be sure you stay stitch just inside the seam lline at the waist of the pants front and back so it does not stretch out while you are working on it.

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Date: 10/28/13 10:00 AM

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I do it the first way. Also, be sure you stay stitch just inside the seam lline at the waist of the pants front and back so it does not stretch out while you are working on it.



You can do this!

Thanks! Now when you say "inside the seam line", do you mean closer to the edge of the fabric (like in the seam allowance area)?
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Date: 10/28/13 2:15 PM

Yes, in the seam allowance so that it won't show when you sew the final seam.

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Date: 10/28/13 4:08 PM

Thank you!

And is the "lightweight fusible interfacing" sufficient to keep the pants from stretching out at the waist, do you think?

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Date: 10/29/13 9:14 AM

You should use stay tape in the waist seam.

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Date: 10/29/13 4:38 PM

Use the pattern. It's easy. There are instructions around the internet I am sure. The basic size is 2" deep plus sas.

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Date: 10/29/13 4:39 PM

I second using stay tape or twill tape in the seam. It will prevent stretching when you wear it.

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Date: 10/29/13 6:27 PM

In threads Susan kalje had an article on waist bands. she used gross grain ribbon inside the waist band. and her waist band is 2 pieces not just one folded over. but use what your comfortable with. I use stay tape for a lot of sewing.

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