Sunday, August 16, 2009
Pants-along: Butt Darts
Now that your pants look like pants, try them on. Mine look baggy in the back, and I'd rather they be form fitting. I'm going to take them in 2" using butt darts.
Lay your pants inside out with the backside facing up. For each side, measure the center point from the side seam to the middle seam. Mark the center point and draw a line straight down that is 4" long. Measure 1/2" on either side of the center point and draw lines at an angle to meet the bottom of the first line.
Fold your pants on the center line of the dart (w/right sides together). The proper way to do this is to make sure both angled lines are perfectly lined up with each other on both sides by piercing it with pins. My fabric was very well-behaved, so I didn't bother with the pins.
Sew on the angled line. When you get near the end sew a couple of stitches on the fold--if you come in on too sharp of angle, your dart will be pointy and unattractive. No worries, though. It will be covered with a pocket later. :) Leave your thread tails long enough to tie in a knot.
Iron the darts toward each other.
Turn the pants right side out and top stitch the darts so that they BEHAVE!
Next up: Back pockets