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« on: April 27, 2005 07:09:12 PM »

I'm looking for a pattern for carpenter pants.  More specifically, I own a pair of loose-fitting corduroy carpenter pants, and they are now falling apart.  I managed to find some fairly inexpensive material to make my own, but I'm having a tough time finding an appropriate pattern.  The pants are slightly wide-leg, straight cut and sit on my hips.

Does anyone know offhand of a pattern that fits the bill?
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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2005 09:22:50 PM »

I don't know anything about patterns 'cause I make my own, but couldn't you just take apart your old pair?  If they're falling apart, it wouldn't be much of a loss and then you can use them to make an identical pair of pants.  Also, after you cut the pants apart (on the seams), you should trace the pieces onto large sheets of paper(butcher paper is good).  Make sure to label all the pieces with it's placement (legfront; waistband; pocketinside), as well as the direction of the fabric grain, and which direction is up helps too.  This way you can make those pants over and over again with your very own pattern.
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2005 02:09:02 PM »

I don't know if I'm quite ready to disassemble them =)  I may try that technique first on a garment that doesn't hold such sentimental value with me...

I'm afraid I won't recall how the item looked while it was still in one piece.  I suppose I could always photograph it from every angle.
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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2005 10:50:10 PM »

You can trace them without cutting them apart, a little harder, but I understand sentimental attachment.  Just remember to add seam allowance after you trace them.  Photographing them is a good idea, and if you label all the pieces right, you shouldn't have to worry about putting them together again.
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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2005 01:46:32 PM »

Actually, I think I may practice the disassembly-for pattern purposes technique on an old pair of pajama pants.  So, I'll figure out generally how pants happen, and perhaps I'll gain some confidence with the seamripper.  (And, they're pjs that remind me of an ex, so it'll be therapeutic, to boot!  And I'll finally be able to use the supersoft purple cotton fabric I have in my closet.)
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« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2005 09:18:24 PM »

Hehe, sounds good.  I guess that's what I should do with all my exs' clothes.  I actually have an army field jacket that I was going to make a skirt out of.  I'm not sure if I want to though, because I wear it for paintballing.

Just make sure to use your seamripper to take the seams out, don't cut the fabric.  That way you'll still have seam allowance.
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