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« on: April 15, 2005 08:10:17 AM »

My husband and I found some fun Spiderman material, so I decided to make PJ pants for him, since he works third shift and spends a lot of his home time in pajama pants. I figured I'd just trace a pair of his existing pants and work from that. So I finished them except for hemming, had him try them on, and they barely covered his buttcrack! It was horrible. I attached a black fleece waistband, and they don't look too too bad, but he has yet to wear them. Next time I spring for licensed fabric, I'll use a pattern.

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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2005 05:46:22 PM »

When you traced them did you stretch out the waist band so you get an accurate waist? Also you need to take two measurements to get your front and back.  To do this put one leg inside the other. Now you will see they roll in a bit. Lay them out on your fabric and use chalk to trace the pattern. YOu have to lay them so the front crotch shows. Then lay them so the back shows. This might sound silly but when you actually look at the stove pipe that this creates you will see there are two different lengths to the crotch. The back will definately be higher than the front. You also have to add to the seam allowance all around the seams plus you have to add for the waist band. This is if you are just folding over and make a casing to thread your elastic through. Now if you are adding a two inch elastic to the waist then you won't have to add quite as much to the height before you cut it out.
Hope this helps some.
YOu might be able to salvage those pants by adding three inch elastic for the waist band. I've been making these for my own boys for many years now but I remember my first attempts and your post made me remember back.  Don't be discouraged. The price of patterns can cost the same as the fabric to make them! Just be sure to add to them. Usually if you add too much it can be fixed very easily by folding over a little more.
Try again.

« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2005 07:41:33 AM »

I did all that! I thought I was so smart, cause I did two different measurements. I guess I just didn't add enough.
Plus once I buy a pattern, I'll have it for good, and I can make him zillions of pants.

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