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« on: January 17, 2006 11:57:24 PM »

Ok, here's my issue.

I just bought these really cute drawstring pj pants that feel and fit absolutely perfect. So, I was thinking about using them as a guide for making more from scratch. But, I realized very quickly that the pants have a drawstring in the front of the waist and elastic in the back (which is why I think they fit so well). Now for the really stupid question.... I've only made just drawstring pants... how do I go about making a drawstring front and elastic back? I hope that makes sense.

Thank you in advance for reading this and for any suggestions and tips!
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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2006 07:57:21 AM »

MMmmkay.. easiest way to go about it:
After you've basically sewn together your pant pieces, make the waistband casing around the top edge.  Do button holes or something in front so the drawstring can poke out.
Cut your elastic the length of the back waist (side seam to side seam) minus a few inches.  It'll vary depending on your pattern and how tight you'd like it to be.  Cut two pieces of cording, and stitch one to either end of the elastic, overlapping by at least an inch. 
Now, thread this through your waistband, aligning one edge of your elastic (within the casing) at a side seam.  Topstitch vertically right over the side seam through the casing, securing both elastic and cord in the casing so they won't move.  Gather your back waistband over the elastic to match up the second side seam, and do the same.
This way, the back waistband is gathered over the elastic a bit, but the elastic and drawcord are both secured in each side seam within the casing.
I just woke up, so I hope this makes sense to you.   Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2006 09:21:35 PM »

That helped so much... thank you!! I completely understood your instructions and it seems very simple. Thanks again... especially since you just woke up (I can't think straight at all when I just wake up  Grin )
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