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Adding Detail to your Pants!

Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Patterns in Cone Mills Denim from Threadbare Fabrics So you've decided to make yourself some pants. Maybe you decided to use some fairly neutral-colored fabric. If you'd like to add some details that make them a bit more special, unique, or slightly more exciting, this is the post for you. When I am sewing something in a less "exciting" color I always think to myself, "How can I make these a little more special and have my signature hand?" or "How can I give...

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A Tale of the Secret Skirt Pants. (The Winslow Culottes)

Once upon a time there was a girl who loved skirts. She loved skirts, but with 4 young children it was often impractical. Her babies would sometimes lift her skirts up in public or try to hide under them. She had to be able to easily sit and do things with the kids out in public without having to worry about her underwear showing. Did that photo above make you want that cute skirt? What if I told you that this poor skirt-loving mom found a solution to...

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Let’s Make Pants THAT FIT!

I remember the first time I made a pair of structured shorts for myself. Alina had asked me to help test her first pattern-- the Chi-town Chinos. I had never sewn something like that before. I usually strayed from anything that looked hard, and didn't do zippers very often either. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try it out though, especially knowing I'd have Alina to help me out if I stumbled through any of the directions! (By the way her directions are STELLAR and help newbies out so much!!) I am A member of...

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Let’s Make Pants: Fabric choices

I want to talk today about making fabric choices when making pants. I've learned a lot over the past year (yes I've only been sewing pants for a year--but I've made 16 pairs!) about how fabric choices can affect the way a pant pattern fits. Same pattern, cut at the same size, can fit very differently based on the weight of the fabric and the amount of stretch it has. I will show you an example with the Persephone Pant pattern by Anna Allen: This was the first pair I...

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PANTS PANTS PANTS!

When Nicole first contacted me about doing a big Fancy Pants Instagram party (complete with a Dance-off at the end of course) I told her I was on board! I figured since I'd sewn 16 pairs of pants in the past year (my first year ever making pants!!), I could figure out how to make a "Fancy" pair as well. It wasn't until we (joined by LONI and JENNIFER) got chatting that I decided to make a pair of pants unlike any of the ones I'd made before. I was going to venture into CULOTTES. I...

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B.A.N.A.N.A. PANTS!!

THESE PANTS ARE BANANAS......... B- A- N- A- N- A- S! Have you all seen the new Palisade Pants by Papercut Patterns? When their new Geo collection dropped I was immediately drawn to the fun pockets and casual cool styling of this pant.  I got the pattern and then went straight to Indy Bindy Co. because I envisioned them in some fun Japanese patterned fabric! This Banana stand print by Mannine is everything. I love the more subtle yellow bananas in the background and then...

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