Class: Quidditch, Beater
Project Name: Evil Taekwondo Trousers
A friend asked me to help her out with a taekwondo uniform that didn't fit. The jacket was an easy fix. The trousers... oh the trousers. There was no way I could re-con them so I made a new pair. Which I tried to make as close to the original as possible - you know, hems with six lines of stitching and other nonsense. I had to do flat felled seams. I HATE FLAT FELLED SEAMS. Much like pregnancy, I'd rather stick a fork in my eyeball. And then there was the weird construction. This is the 'new technique' that very nearly beat me. With an ugly stick.
Instead of using a typical one piece leg, or even a standard two piece leg, these pants had an inexplicable inside leg/crotch panel. It was weird. And difficult to sew. I don't know what it's called. I don't know of any other way to explain it but using a confusing diagram:
On the right you see normal trousers. The crotch seam meets up with the inner leg seams and they all fit together nice and flat and neat. On the left you see the mutant taekwondo pants, in which there really isn't a crotch seam, but a sort of panel thing that substitutes for the crotch and runs all the way down both inner legs. What. The. I get the purpose of it - last thing you want to do when you're kicking butt and whatever is bust a seam, but dude, you could just double stitch!
So that's me, not exactly beaten by this new technique but certainly confused.