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« on: May 15, 2008 12:31:47 PM »

I really want to make pants from scratch. What's the fabric that's used for the inside of the front pockets? Does the fabric vary depending on what kind of pants they are? I want to make denim pants as well as corduroy shorts. I hope someone can help me with this. I'm really looking forward to making pants. Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2008 06:10:43 PM »

usually its just a thin woven cotton- check the pockets ofa pair of jeans for the weight. it should be thin enough that it is not visible thru the pants (when the pockets are empty) but strong enough not to tear. i would either serge the seam or make the pockets inside out- so the raw edge is inside the pocket, then sew another seam parallel to the first. if the seam allowance is very small (around 1/4 inch) this will trap the raw edge inside to finish it neatly.
 i would use a fabric that is either white, the same colour as the garment or perhaps a cute contrasting print or colour.
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2008 07:02:14 PM »

I normally use quilting cotton in a fun print, but be careful that it is good quality and you prewash it first.  Sometimes the stuff from Joann's bleeds.  I have also used poly/cotton batiste for a pair of jeans that had doubled  front pockets, to cut down on bulk, but I doubt that will be as durable.
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2008 09:02:32 PM »

Light cottons are good for jeans, especially because it will be fairly durable. If the material is too thin (like a silky lining fabric), it can rip easily from pointy things like keys, or the seams can shred.

Oh, and experiment with colours and prints. If you construct them well, no-one else will ever know, and it will cheer you up every time you see it!
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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2008 05:51:31 PM »

Lots of good suggestions have posted here!  I like the cute print fabric option if it doesn't show through!

One suggestion, make sure it is laundered or cleaned the same was as the fabric used for the pants.  I would suggest pre-washing the fabric, and if you use a print fabric put it in a water bath to see if it bleeds.

Pre-washing pant fabric helps eliminate that so attractive high water look!
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« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2008 07:16:41 PM »

Wow, thanks everyone for the great suggestions! Smiley So does everyone agree on the light cotton fabric? That's what I was thinking to use, but I wanted to see what others had to say.

And I was also thinking of the print idea; just something cool for me to see.  Cheesy
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