How to make your sweatpants
There is no seam allowance on the pattern because you need to fit the pattern to your body first then you add to your preference. I am using my overlocker so I will only add 3/8″.
The first thing I have to tell you is to check the pattern and check your instructions to fit the pattern. The instructions in this sew along are exactly what you need to make this type of pants to fit your body. Do not attend to make sweatpants without fitting the pattern to your body first.
Step one: Making the pockets
Cut the front of the pants following the slant line of the pockets.
Trace the two sides of the pockets from the main pattern.
Place the front of the sweatpants right side up. Align the pocket right side down. Sew at 3/8″.To reduce the bulk in the seam, trim one side of the seam allowance to 1/8″.Turn the pocket and iron. If you have never made this type of pocket before, please watch the video below.
This is the perfect opportunity to use your stretch twin needle. If you do not have one just stay stitch at 3/8″.
Step two: Sewing the legs
Lay the front part of the sweatpants right side up. Pockets will be underneath.
Place the back side on top (right sides together) and pin the inner sides. Then pin the outer sides.
Repeat the steps on the other the other leg, pinning both sides.
Take the legs to the sewing machine and sew at 3/8″.
Place one leg with the seams in the middle.
Lay the other leg on top, and align the seams.Pin and sew the crotch at 3/8″
Fitting tip: Before you cut the waistband, try the sweatpants on and check the fitting. Do you like them tighter or looser? With 3/8″ there is really just 1/8″ to 1/4″ per side to play with to make them larger. If you are between sizes, choose the bigger size and take in the sides if you need to.