Hi, My name is Joy Macdonell and I am here
to show you how to cut and sew a totally comfortable pair of lounge pants using this pattern from
Simplicity #8022 and in this pattern you only need one piece to sew the entire pair of pants
and within the pattern you get sizes for an XS for children all the way up to an adult’s
XL so there is such a variety in here so many things that you can make and it is so much
fun! Choose your favorite fabric
Then get matching thread and make a bobbin A sewing needle is optional
You can use pins or clips You will also need a soft measuring tape
1” wide elastic the length of the elastic is your waist measurement
plus 1” a sewing ruler is really handy
along with good fabric scissors and twill tape or rick rack for embellishing Now
it is time to start cutting
Press the pattern before you start Pin the pattern to the fabric
Cut around the pattern Cut all of the marking notches
Here we begin sewing With right sides together pin or clip front
to back at inner leg seams Notice that the in-seam will not line-up?
That is fine, you do not need to line those up at this time.
When you sew the inner leg seam, begin and end with a back tack stitch
Press the seams open Here, we want to slip one pant leg inside
the other. So that the right sides are facing each other.
But first, we must turn one leg to the right-side. Now slide one leg inside the other.
Matching up the hems of the leg and the inseam of the pant at the notches.
Pin the two pieces together at the notches and the seam
Double-check to make sure that the notches are matching perfectly.
One notch pair should be three, this is the back
And the other pair should be two, that is the front
Now that everything is matched, we are ready to go off to the sewing machine to start to
sew the pant legs together Begin sewing by doing a couple of back stitches
and then sew with a 5/8” seam allowance. As you approach the curves take your time,
lift the presser foot, leaving the needle in the down position to pivot the fabric smoothly
through the curves. Remember to back tack at the end
To reinforce the seams, stitch over the first layer of stitching
Now it is time to turn out both legs of the pants, see how they form a pair?
Next we will form the waist casing The pants need to be right-side out for this
step Each seam must be pressed, this is a quick
press for each side. Using your handy sewing ruler, press under a quarter inch on the raw edge, press the fold in place Move the ruler to the 1 ¼” mark and fold
the upper edge down, use the ruler as a guide Once it is all pressed, we will go back to
the sewing machine. A Blind Stitch presser foot makes this next
step a little easier. You will leave an opening for the elastic
in the casing, start sewing just after the back seam.
Remember to back stitch at the beginning of your stitching. As you come back around to the beginning,
remember to stop before you reach the previous stitches, and do a few back tack stitches
to secure the seam.
See how we have formed an opening for the elastic?
The next step is to put in the elastic, The length of the elastic should be the waist
measurement plus one inch Attach a safety pin at the end of the elastic
and then thread it through the casing. Once you have brought the elastic all the
way through the casing, spread the fabric evenly all the way over the elastic.
This is the perfect time to try on the pants and adjust the elastic to fit.
To sew the waist elastic together, you must remove the safety pin first.
Stitch a rectangle and then an “X” inside the rectangle.
You will need to leave the needle in the down position and pivot frequently in order to
create this shape. This is how your sewing should look when you are done.
Then sew the waist casing closed. You now have a very nice waist on your pants.
To keep the elastic from rolling, stitch through all thicknesses at the seam.
To form the hem at the bottom of the legs, start by measuring ¼” fold from the raw
edge and press. You will use a 1” mark for the hem. Turn
the hem, check the measurement and then press in place.
Sew the leg hem the same way you did the casing, This time, you will not leave any openings
As you come back around to the start, overlap a few stitches to secure.
Make sure you have clipped all of your threads, and take a look at the pretty hem you have
made. Now for the final touch, add a little twill
tape or rick rack. Then tie the ends into a cute little bow,
you can hand stitch if you want a little more security.
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