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I am a mother, a grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge was published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Good easy pull-on pants

Every once in a while I decide to make a pair of quick pull-on pants. I usually do this in the summer, at least once every summer, and it is always a disaster.

You know what I mean. Huge pouffy elastic gathered waists that ballon out when you sit down. Waists that add at least 20 pounds exactly where you are trying to lose 20 pounds. Baggy legs, droopy bums - pants that you will only wear out to take out the garbage at 11:30 at night because you forget to do it earlier.

Well, last Christmas I made my daughter some PJs from the Jalie multi-sized pattern and she was impressed with the ready-to-wear fit and the fact that they were comfortable  - but not at all home-made looking, unlike what she had seen me make in this department in the past.

So, by a stroke of genius, I pulled that pattern out and made a couple of pairs of elastic waist pants for summer, around the house, but in the daylight, wear. I dispensed with the drawstring and just put narrower elastic in that casing in the front.

Here is the muslin (not a fabric I would have chosen but fabric I had for experimental purposes.) They are not bad at all and very comfortable. Note the lack of drag lines on the inner thighs, excess fabric under the backside, and a whole lot of bunched up stuff under the elastic casing.

Will refine these a bit, add more for the mature waist, but on the face of it, I'd say we have the beginnings of a winner.


Noey D. said...

I may have to give that pattern a try! I've had the same problems with jammy pants!

LisaB said...

Wow! Who knew that style could fit so well? Thanks for sharing the good news!

michal said...

these look really great!