Sunday, November 28, 2010

How to sew one seam pants

One of my favorite type of pants to sew are one seam pants. I have a tried and true pattern for my little girls that I made years ago by taking apart a pair of pants, tracing and adjusting until I came up with this:


Notice when the pattern is folded in half the back side is slightly wider than the front—on this pattern it starts at an inch from the crotch and tapers down at the ankles (where it is just about even).

I spent a while experimenting until I got a shape I liked and a pant which fit my girlies well. But there are many one seam pants patterns commercially available (which I found after the fact!)

Since I’m using a really stretchy polar fleece, I wasn’t concerned about the bit of pattern that didn’t fit on the fabric. I’m making two pairs of these is the just about the same size so I’m cheating by cutting them all at once.

Next I sewed (serged) the inseam of each leg. Note that you can tell the back from the front quite easily.

Next take one leg and turn it to the right side. You’ll have one leg where the wrong side is facing out and the other the right side will be facing out

Then put the right side leg into the wrong side leg and match up the center.

Sew the center, turn everything to the right side—you have a pair of pants!

I just fold down the waist about 2 inches to the wrong side, sew and pull elastic through (the elastic still needs to be done)

With polar fleece you don’t have to hem the legs, but I like the finished look of a hem. This makes three pairs of chix rule pants done! One more pair for my oldest girl and I can call this fabric out of my stash for good!

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Mindy said...

I am in the process of making the same thing for my stepson with ScoobyDoo fleece. Hope that mine turn out as well as yours did.

Anne Maskell said...

I love one seam pants! Having six children, I've made dozen's of pairs over the years! But, somehow I've managed to loose the pattern. I've been looking for another, but no luck. Maybe I'll draft one like you did! I'm visiting with the Mad Skills Party, and I'm your newest follower!

GeorgiaBE said...

@MindyThanks Mindy! I hope they do too...let me know!

GeorgiaBE said...

@Anne Maskell Six! You've got me beat by 2! :) If I could figure out a way to post my pattern I would--but they really are easy to draft from existing pants!
Thanks for following!

Casey said...

Hi, I am following you from buzz on by blog hop! I look forward to reading more about you and your blog. Have a good day!

GeorgiaBE said...

@CaseyThanks for stopping by!

Kristen @ said...

thanks so much for linking up to handmade tuesdays @ ladybug blessings!! I hope your girls love these pants and I thanks for the tutorial!

Kim Kasch said...

Wonderful idea for p.j.'s - I may try this . . . X'd that's my fingers that it will turn out for me.

Mormishmom said...

Thanks so much for the tut!

Thank for linking up to Too Cute Tuesday!


Very economical way to make clothes for children. Great job!

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

Very fast and easy! Perfect for PJ's and other comfy pants! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesdays!

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