I decided to try my hand at making a tutorial for all of you as part of the "newbie sewing series" on my blog http://www.luvinthemommyhood.com. This is my first tute, so please be kind with me, I am still learning as well, and don't worry, the dress "in bloom" is coming next. I decided to use the pants as my trial run.
During the process of making this tutorial I decided to have a little fun with it. What you are getting is the actual step by step of the very first time I tried these pants. That is how things work when we really sew - some things fail, some things succeed, and sometimes we make errors. These pants started out in my mind as being capris, they aren't. They were also supposed to have more of a flat waistband, they don't - but i love em' anyways! This is what I find to be the most addicting part of making clothes from a whim, I just go with where the process takes me.
Since I am a newbie sewer and have to admit, I don't know a lot of fancy terminology, I decided to add a new feature to your average tutorial. I tend to be a very visual learner, the more pictures the better, but sometimes that isn't enough for me, I need to see it being done, not just explained. In pondering this during my daily strolls with mackenzie, I decided hey, why not add in a video of me humiliating myself to go with my equally embarrassing attempt at a tutorial? So I did, I decided to give it a shot and see how you all like it. It's not a blockbuster hit, it's just me and my camera (no tripod, I couldn't find it), the tv in the background (some kid's show to keep mackenzie quiet), I have bronchitis - so i sound funny, and of course, I thought they were going to be capris - until I tried them on her..haha.
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So have fun with it - experiment, create and let your imagination go wild, but most importantly, trust your instincts, you don't need to be an expert sewer to create a great garment.
Please remember to take that much needed second look at items we already have in our homes and rethink their purpose. It truly is a creative journey that we can all share, learn from, and inspire each other with, as a newbie sewer or as an experienced sewer.
So share with me at http://www.luvinthemommyhood.com - your thoughts & your pictures, I can't wait to hear from you all! happy sewing and see you in the mommyhood!
Step 1: Step One
Try to catch your toddler. I know it's hard, but you can do it. Take one of the sleeves and try the sleeve on their leg. *Note: cuff is for the ankle.*
Step 2: Step Two
Pin a line across the leg of the pant to mark the length you would like for the pants. Some people prefer to use a fabric pencil, but I like to see what I'm doing while manipulating the material - so I use pins. Do this for both sleeves (see fig. 2)
Step 3: Step Three
Step 4: Step Four
Step 5: Step Five
Don't be scared now, but we are going to cut open a seam. This can actually be fun. Get out your trusty scissors and begin cutting along the inner part of the sleeve from the top of where the waistband will start to where the crotch will end (see fig. 4).
Step 6: Step Six
Step 7: Step Seven
Next you will sew the casing - again with a 5/8 seam allowance. Sew along your seam being careful not to close the joining of the two waistbands - you will need to feed the elastic through this opening (see fig. 5).
Step 8: Step Eight
Now that your elastic is in, you will be hand stitching the casing closed. This can be a bit tricky if you aren't sure how to do an invisible stitch. Hopefully you will have access to the internet. If you do, trusty old you tube will provide you with a great tutorial to close this up without any trace of your thread. Try a tutorial from StitchLabSewing for a good tutorial.
Step 9: Step Nine
This next step is up to you. I decided to truly use up all the pieces of my hubby's shirt and took the underneath part of his collar and cut about 4 inches starting from the sewn button and stitched it onto the center of the waistband for some added pizzazz using the invisible stitch around three sides and then a blanket stitch (again you can refer to you tube for a tutorial for this stitch) on the side that was cut. I then added another wonderful button to dress it up.
Step 10: Step Ten
Now it's the clean up. Trim your loose threads and make any adjustments needed. Iron the garment one last time and then take a cute picture of your little one wearing them and send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can see!