All of us love to wear something decent, pleasing to the eyes, trendy, and fashionable. What you wear tells many things about you and draws people’s attention towards you. The pants, in particular, tells many things about its wearer – it expresses your style, personality, mood, and many others. With this in mind, getting your hands on the best pants from the market is not as easy as it sounds – more importantly, it’s not as affordable as it sounds. Usually, if a pair of pants or any clothing is trendy, it is likely to be expensive. However, there is definitely a way to get your hands on fashionable and trendy pants – and that is by sewing them yourself. So, is it really possible to learn how to sew pants yourself?
In this article, we’ll walk you through all the things you need to know on how to sew pants as a beginner.
How to sew pants as a beginner
Making your own pants from scratch should not be that difficult and impossible even if you’ve actually haven’t tried sewing or holding a needle and thread. There is always a way to do things and before you become an expert, you need to start from the basics. Here are a few simple steps that you can follow if you want to make those trendy and fashionable pants that you’ve always wanted.
For this particular endeavor, you need to have your old pants to serve as a pattern for your new pants. Look for any pants that you are using that would have the ideal measurements for the sewn pants. The pattern to be used in this case will be for pants having elastic waistband which is common for pj’s, lounge pants, dress pants, joggers, and even jeans. This pattern is also applicable for shorts, or capris if you’re looking to dress up for summer.
Before we start with the steps, you need to have these basic skills. First, you need to know how to measure your fabric and other materials, measuring is a basic skill for many crafts and arts and it is one thing that anyone should always have. Another is the understanding of how sewing machines work. Sewing machines today look rather complex and complicated however they’re actually quite easy to operate due to the simplified features. Additionally, sewing machines come with an operation manual that is easy to follow and understand. Lastly, you need to know how to cut with a pair of scissors – an easy thing to do that even a kid can even do.
So, with the needed skills settled, let’s check out the materials and things that you’ll need to sew your pants.
What you will need
The tools and equipment which will be used for the sewing process include a measuring tape, Scissors, sewing marker or chalk, sewing machine, safety pins, pins, and iron to flatten the fabric. As for the materials, you will need a pair of jeans which you will use as a pattern, 3 yards of woven fabric, a spool of matching thread, and an inch wide elastic band or garter.
- Preparing the fabric
The very first thing that you need to do is to prepare the fabric. You can use any fabric that you want for your pants however, the ideal fabric for this case and pattern is a fabric that is woven such as linen, flannel, or cotton.
Measure 3 yards on the fabric using the measuring tape and mark the ends with the marker or chalk. If you’re looking to make pants that have a bigger waistline, you can add a couple of inches more on the length to your fabric. If you’re dealing with a wrinkly fabric, you can simply iron it first to bring out the true dimensions of the fabric for proper measurement.
Using the scissors, cut the fabric and fold it into two. Cut it in the middle to have two pieces of fabric having 1.5 yards each (if using 3 yards as initial measurement).
2. Tracing the pants
Now comes tracing the pants. Using one of the cut fabrics, fold it lengthwise in two. Make sure that the wrong side is facing out. Lay down the pants being used as a reference over the fabric with the seam aligned with the fabric fold. Make sure that the pants are laid flat on the fabric and pull out the crotch.
As soon as the pants are laid and secured over the fabric, draw a line or trace the edges of the pants. On the sides of the pants, have an extra half-inch on your measurement from the traced edge of the pants. And on the top and bottom portions of the pants, add an extra 2 inches from the edge of the reference pants. These additional measurements will be used to cover the folds, waistband, and hemming of the fabric later on.
Do the same process for both fabrics.
3. Cutting the fabric
Cut around the marks of the fabric making sure to keep away from cutting the folds. Do the same for both fabrics. Both cut fabrics should have the same dimensions as each other.
4. Sewing the fabrics
Use the pins to stick together the pant legs and begin sewing the side seam by starting from the crotch area towards the bottom. Use the sewing machine to sew through the half-inch seams. For better and more durable stitches, use the zigzag stitch along the edges of the fabric. This will allow the stitches to endure a great deal of stress or stretch when the pants will be worn.
Next is to sew the crotch seam of the pants. First, turn the pant legs inside out and stick them together using pins. Sew through the crotch area of the pants while leaving a half-inch allowance. Use the same zigzag stitches over the edges of the crotch to greatly secure both fabrics.
5. Measuring the elastic band or garter
Using the measuring tape, measure your waist. From the acquired measurement, add an extra inch for allowance and then cut.
6. Sewing the elastic band
Set the pants inside out. Over the top, fold the edge to at least a quarter of an inch and press with the iron. Fold a second time but with a 1 and a quarter inch measurement then press with the iron. Sew the bottom of the folds with the fabric. This will be the casing of the elastic band or the garter.
7. Placing the waistband
To insert the elastic band or garter to the casing, attach one safety pin on one end and feed through the casing until it comes out of the other opening. There should be two ends of the garter or elastic band sticking out of the openings of the fabric.
Remove the safety pin and lay one end of the garter over the other by a half-inch and sew together. Close the opening of the waistband by sewing, making sure that the garter or elastic is not sewn with it
8. Bottom hems and final touches
Fold the bottoms of both legs by an inch and secure with a pin. Sew the hem firmly for both legs. After which, turn the pants right side out and iron for a good press. Check the edges for missed hems or stitches and make sure that all the edges are secured tightly.
Once all checks are made, you’re ready to use your new pants. See, it wasn’t that hard how to sew pants at all!