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41  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / TUTORIAL: Pajama Pants - using a ready made pair as a pattern on: November 06, 2009 10:13:06 PM
After reading Craftsters post on Facebook, I felt it was, again, time to give back!!  This tutorial is assuming you have basic sewing knowledge.


Firstly, choose a pair of pajama pants (or any comfy pants at that matter) with elasticized or draw string waist.  These are the ones I chose.  They are capri length - but you could do any length - from shorts to longs.



Start by turning the pants inside out.  Then place one leg inside the other, like this:



Fold the fabric parallel to the selvedge (this takes care of directional fabric).  You can fold it the other way if you don't have directional fabric.  Place the pants on the two layers of fabric:



Cut the fabric (through both layers of fabric) following the seam lines as a guide plus adding a little extra as you cut.  This allows for the fact that the pants aren't laying completely flat and the fabric you are cutting is.  Also, when you get to the seat of the pants on the outer leg, you basically cut a straight line from the hip area - DON'T follow the curve in.  The reason is that the elastic is pulling in the sides.  The same rule applies for the crotch seam.  Start cutting at the curve of the crotch seam but basically go in a straight line after the curve (refer to the photo to visualize this).  Also you need to allow for a hem at the bottom and an elastic casing at the top.  

You will also see that the elastic casing at the top of my ready made pants varies by about an inch.  That's because pants are usually 'higher' at the back than they are at the front.  This takes the backside into consideration.  I don't bother varying the waistline but you could angle the casing at the front if you desire - it gives a better fit.  In the case of my pants, it varies by about and inch from the centre back seam to the centre front seam.



How I calculate the casing:

Measure the width of the elastic then double that measurement.  Mine was approximately 1 inch wide.  I allowed 2 inches for the casing.  An explanation of how I use this calculation is further down when it comes time to sew the casing.



This is one leg cut out.  Cut another leg using this as a pattern.



Now, there are many ways to construct pants but this is my favourite as you can't go too wrong with this method.  Take one leg and sew the outer leg seam.  BEFORE SEWING THE INNER LEG SEAM - press the leg hem allowance.  It makes sewing the hem so much easier if it's pressed now.  Then sew the inner leg seam.  REPEAT for the other leg.



See where I pressed the hem first?:



Now, you've got two legs:



Turn one leg right side out:



Place this leg inside the other one:



Sew the crotch seam:



Press the leg hem again.  Also make your casing using your favourite method.  This is how I do my casings:  Remember I added 2 inches from the top of the pants?  I press the top down by 2 inches.  I then press the raw edges under enough so that the casing is 1 1/4 inches (my elastic is 1 inch).  This allows a little 'give' in the casing.  Sew the casing down leaving a gap to insert the elastic.  Thread elastic through and measure the elastic on your waist/hips (wherever you like to wear your pants).  Sew elastic together then sew the casing closed.  To avoid the elastic curling and twisting inside the casing, I sew a vertical line at each side seam to secure the elastic.  

Tip:  It's better to make a casing for your elastic rather than sewing the elastic onto the fabric.  Once you start sewing through elastic (especially lengthwise) it starts to lose its elasticity and also stretches the elastic as you are also pulling on the elastic as you stitch it to the fabric.  



Turn your pants right side out and press.  Voila, pyjama pants made from your favourite pair!!



As always, please feel free to ask any questions or if you would like something explained further.  Wink

42  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Card Holder on: October 18, 2009 09:05:04 PM
This is really lovely. I'll have to try this. (Don't worry, not going to pressure you for a tute.) I know the basics. If I make one, do you mind if I post here to show you?

That would be lovely Ariethine.  I'd love to see it!!
43  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tutorial: Homemade Bubble Jet Set *Edited with new recipe* *Edited using inks* on: October 11, 2009 10:25:33 PM
Hi i am also from Australia and am very excited about coming across you fantastic fabric photo paper idea.i have been looking to make a quilt as a Christmas gift but fabric paper is so expensive i almost gave up until now.I have one question though what is Alum please and where would i purchase it from please. Roll Eyes

Hi Zanney,

If you're in Australia, you can purchase alum from a chemist (they will have to order it in though and it's about $15 for 100g).  However, I have found some asian shops carry it.  In some cases, it's labelled 'Tawas Powder' - same thing.  It usually sells for about $1.20 for 100g - ALOT cheaper than chemists!!!

However, if you can't find it or don't want to ask at a chemist, it's available on ebay:  http://shop.ebay.com.au/i.html?LH_AvailTo=15&_nkw=alum+powder&_arm=1&_armm=63&_ruu=http://shop.ebay.com.au/i.html%3F_nkw%3Dalum%2Bpowder%26_arr%3D1%26_trksid%3Dm38&_trksid=m38&_rdc=1
44  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL: Straight Sided Triangular Cosmetic Bag on: September 13, 2009 01:17:32 AM
CraftMomNancy - where do you find the time?Huh  They are FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
45  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fringe purse on: September 06, 2009 02:39:47 PM
That last picture looks like the Buttercup Bag.  You could insert a layer of fringe between the top and bottom sections.  Here's the link to the pattern.  You might either want to enlarge the free pattern or buy the enlarged pattern (if you buy the pattern, you are able to sell your creations):

http://madebyrae.blogspot.com/2009/02/free-buttercup-bag-sewing-pattern.html
46  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL: Straight Sided Triangular Cosmetic Bag on: August 18, 2009 12:03:49 AM
So, this is my first "thing" ever that I sewed out of a proper material and with lining, and I think it turned out pretty neat. I used an old pair of jeans as fabric. I'm gonna use it as a pencil case for school, my sister already asked for one, too. Smiley

Anni-q, what a fabulous looking pencil case!!!  You did a great job and excellent use of the jeans.  No wonder your sister has asked for one!
47  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Black and green wedding invitations on: August 03, 2009 01:24:40 PM
Oooh, an adjustable registration plate!!!  Sounds fabulous.
48  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Black and green wedding invitations on: August 02, 2009 02:47:09 PM
I have seen this before - yes, I'm on the Gocco board too.  I believe you had trouble with burning the screen?  Did you end up getting a good burn or did you have someone burn it?  I would have offered (I have an MG11 so no need for bulbs) except I think you needed a screen quickly - I'm in Australia  Sad .

They are absolutely stunning!!  The colours and design work perfectly together!!  Well done. They look identical to your concept picture. Fabulous.  Smiley
49  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag) on: July 24, 2009 02:22:05 AM
Hi Ursel!!  The finished bag itself is approx. 30cm wide x 40cm high (excluding handles).  The gusset is about 10cm.  Handles are about 13cm high. 

The bag 'plastic pattern' that I have is:

52cm wide x 41cm high (from base to bag opening) with handles extending beyond that by approx 14cm and are 14cm wide. 

The tutorial shows cutting the bag in half on the fold so that makes the 52cm width become 26cm on the fold.

Hope this helps.  If not, I can always send you a plastic bag pattern.

 Smiley
50  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Card Holder on: July 23, 2009 06:15:37 PM
After breaking numerous wallets because of too many cards stuffed in it, a friend suggested that I have a separate card holder.  I've seen tutorials online, but I ended up creating my own pattern.  It's about 4 inches wide x 2.5 inches high.  It fits up to about 1/2 inch stack of cards.  I have totally enclosed the side seams, including the lining (not like most card holders that have the sides just folded up and sewn).  Onto the pictures:

Front view:


Side view:


Close up of side view and inside lining.  You can see that all the side seams are encased - including the lining, not just folded up and sewn:



Inside:
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