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Friday, June 12, 2009

Nearly perfect pants

Michelle over at Cheap and Picky is onto something. She has a tutorial on how to copy your favorite slacks pattern with Painter's Tape and it really works. Last weekend at my sister's in Mansfield, OH I copied my favorite RTW slacks and I couldn't be happier. This morning I stitched up a muslin (well the correct name would be toile since the fabric isn't muslin) and I love them. I think I might need to tweak the back crotch a bit but it's closest than I've ever gotten on slacks on the first try. One thing that really surprised is now shallow both my front and back crotch curves are. The only thing that I did differently than the tutorial is I placed tape on either side of the darts of the RTW slacks leaving a small area without tape on it. Once I placed them on my tissue, I slit the pattern and spread it open as much as I though was necessary to accommodate a dart. It worked like a charm and the darts are perfectly placed.


One roll of the Painter's Tape will couple 2-3 pairs of slacks. This pair is so comfortable I may have to turn them into a wearable muslin! Just need to hem and add the zipper and waistband. Of course I have enough fabric in my stash that I don't really need to do that. I can just imagine how great these would look had I put on a control top garment!

9 comments:

  1. I saw that tutorial. I'm glad to see someone try it and post about it. Thank you. Very interesting technique. You'll have a TNT pattern now that can weild you all the pants you want.

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  2. Smoking Needles!!! that is fantastic, I must check out the tutorial. I have several rtw slacks from the Loft that are a perfect fit... and would love to copy one of them... Thanks for Sharing. Note to self... Run to Homedepot after work for Painters tape....hehe

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  3. This is fantastic! I love how your pants turned out, they look wonderful and the fit is already so much better than anything I ever get from the "first round" with patterns. What a wonderful job, I am so, so, so glad that the tutorial was helpful! You are awesome!

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  4. Wow, they look very nice, and the fit--I'm jealous, I am always on a search for the perfect pair of pants.

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  5. The fit looks great. Perfect way to handle the dart situation. That was a great tutorial wasn't it?
    Do you knit on machines? How far back in the blog should I go to find some projects? I got a knitting machine awhile ago, and it's still in the box! LOL.

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  6. Nice.. you did a fantastic job.. I have to check out this tutorial...

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  7. I've heard about doing this, they look great!

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