Thursday, 25 June 2015

Update on Tracksuit Pants

After making the first pair of tracksuit pants, I wasn't too happy with the quality of the rib on the cuffs. I decided to make the next pair in the sugar scull print without rib cuffs.
I also changed the pocket construction to get rid of some of the bulk.

Tapered Tracksuit Pants - FREE PDF PATTERN

This is the same pattern as before. Just add length to the leg and remember to add a hem allowance.
I added 12cm plus a 2cm hem. You'll need a little bit more fabric than the previous style.

I used a thin cotton jersey for the pocket lining.

Pocket Lining - Cut 1 pair in thin jersey

The pocket facing is cut out the main fabric, the pattern piece for this is at the end of this post.

Pocket Facing
Starting with the pocket bag and the facing, overlock the edge of the facing and pin to the lining.

Stitch along the overlocked edge, you may want to stitch all around the facing to keep if from folding over as you make the pant.

After you've done this to both, making sure its a pair, overlock the pocket bag together. To form a pocket

From here it's the same method as the previous trackies. 
For the hem finish, overlock the hem, pin it up and stitch up.
I used a coverstitch machine, that's the hem you'll notice on most jersey garments. Like t-shirt hems.
For a similar finish, do a double row of stitching, pull it slightly to prevent the stitching from breaking as you wear them. Alternatively, you can do a zigzag stitch.

Download the pocket facing here


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