Folks over 40 like to point out how fashion is recycled through generations; bell bottoms, crop tops, shift dresses. They say, "When I was a teenager, I wore bell bottom jeans! I should have held onto them." I'm glad you didn't. LOL!
Todays tutorial is on 80's style lounge pants with elastic ankle cuffs! Check it out!
-Pajama pants (for pattern)
-Elastic (1" and 2")
-Sewing machine or needle & thread
Fold your fabric in half, right sides together. Place your inside-out, folded in half pajama pants on your fabric. Trace around the PJs.
Do this twice. One for each leg. You will have 4 total leg pieces.
Do this for both legs; Fabric right sides together, sew the outside seam and the inside seam just up to the crotch. See yellow lines.
Now you should have two legs. We need to put them together! Keep one leg inside-out. Turn the other right-side-out. Place the right-side-out leg INTO the inside-out leg. Match up the crotch seams. Pin and sew.
Once sewn, reach into the pants and pull the leg out of the other leg. Now, you should have what looks like pants. Flip them right-side-out.
Time to add a waistband! Cut a length of fabric the same size as the waist on the pants (front and back). Mine measured approx. 5" by 40". I'm going to use 2" elastic, so I need a wide waistband.
Fold the waistband fabric in half. Sew the ends together. See yellow line below.
Now, fold the entire circumference of the waistband in half. Bring the wrong sides of fabric together all around the waistband. It should look like the one below....
Pin your waistband, raw edges together, to the pants.
Sew with a .5" seam allowance. Leave a 3" opening to thread your elastic through.
Cut your elastic a few inches less than your waistband. This number should be closer to your ACTUAL waist measurement. I cut mine at approx. 32".
Put your safety pin through one end of your elastic. Insert the safety pin into the hole you left open in your waistband. Work it through your waistband by cinching the fabric over the safety pin and then pulling the fabric over the elastic.
Once your elastic is pulled through, zig-zag stitch them together.
Tuck the elastic back into the waistband and sew the hole shut.
You could stop here and hem the bottoms and have regular lounge pants. Or keep reading and add elastic to the ankles!
Cut a piece of fabric the same length as the circumference of the bottom of the pant leg. Do this for both legs. Mine was approx. 4" by 14".
Fold in half. Sew. Fold in half lengthwise, wrong sides together.
Pin and sew to the pant leg. Add your elastic just like you did for the waistband!
Do this for both legs!
How great does my model at the STRUT Fashion Show look in these pants?! I paired them with a hooded top, goggle wristband, and a clear stuffy backpack! Very cool!
The one thing I wish I had done was add pockets. Next time, I'll show you how to add pockets.
Thank you for checking out this tutorial!
Until next time, stay gold....
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