Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Pants With A Designer Detail On The Hem!

I made these pants following the instructions by Sandra Betzina in her book, "No time To Sew"!  I was so pleased with the way they turned out and I just love this designer vent hem detail.  The pants fit perfect and I think the hem makes them look so classy especially with a pair of low boots!



You can enlarge the pictures by clicking on them for a closer view!

The pants are a slim pant pattern and I used stretch wool for my material.  Now I would like to make them out of a stretch denim. What I had to do was change the hem in the pants by eliminating the actual hem on the pattern and just add a 5/8" hem.  Then I cut a strip of paper and slide the paper underneath the bottom of the pants pattern and traced the shape of both sides of the pants leg on both sides of the pants pattern making about a 3 inch separate hem.  I then marked the paper at the half way point and added an angular vent leaving 3/4" from the top wider edge. (See my paper guide above) I tried on my pants and made sure that this was exactly where I wanted my hem plus the 5/8" seam allowance.  I then cut out my material using my hand made pattern and sewed it on the bottom of my pant leg before I sewed the side seam.  I trimmed my seam allowances to 1/4 inch and turned my hem right side out.  Then I did three rows of of double needle around the bottom of the pant leg.  I will definitely be making more of these pants. They are also very comfortable with just an elastic waist.  They look good with a long sweater!

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