I am kind of obsessed with this fabric. This is my second project I have used it for now, and have already gone back to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores to buy more! A fabulous black and white geometric grid print, in heavy-weight fashion knit with minimal stretch (just enough stretch to hold all of your wobbly bits in place). It is all sorts of fabulous.
This fabric is perfect for sweaters, Winter pencil skirts, sweatshirts, and of course…comfy and stylish pants!
How to sew tapered pants || Easy knit pants DIY.
Skill level: Advanced beginner
Time Needed: 2 – 3 hours
- 2 yds mid-heavy weight knit fabric
- Pants that fit well (not tight, not loose)
- Basic sewing essentials
- Using a pair of pants that fit well, trace around the front and back directly onto your knit fabric. Cut (2) front, and (2) back legs. Also cut (2) waistbands 4″L x 1/2 your waist measurement minus 1.5″, making sure the stretch is going from left to right. You want the waistband to be nice and snug, to keep the pants from falling down. For example, my waist is 32″ – so my panels are 14.5″W each, (32 ÷ 2) – 1.5 = 14.5.
- Place your front leg panels right sides together and sew crotch seam. Repeat for back leg panels.
- Place front and back right sides together and sew side seams, and inner leg seam.
- Now HERE is where the leg fitting begins. Try on your pants for fit. Adjust as needed, with back darts along the waistline, and taking in the legs on the side seams tapering down towards your ankle as you go. For a truly tapered look, I took a leap of faith and added a large back leg dart, going from my ankle to just under my derrière. I don’t know if this is a huge taboo no-no, and professional seamstresses are sitting at home reading this with mouths agape – but I gotta tell you, the result was FANTASTIC. I had never thought to put a dart in that location before, but I was pleasantly surprised with the end result. Once you have adjusted the fit to your liking, and the pants have a nice snug fit around the hips and waist, continue onto the next step.
- Place waistband pattern pieces right sides together, pin and sew side seam. Fold waistband in half, matching up the raw edges along the bottom and enclosing side seams.
- Slip waistband over the top of your pants, right sides together, matching up the raw edges and side seams. Pin and sew, using a serger, zigzag stitch or stretch stitch. Hem the bottom of your pants by turning under at your desired length, and sewing using a zigzag stitch or stretch stitch.
And you are finished!
There is obviously a little trial and error with these pants, and you might find yourself sewing in your underwear at some point. As women we are all shaped so gloriously differently, that there is no one-size-fits-all trick. Especially when it comes to pants, so these are sew-as-you-go. But the result is phenomenal. They are so comfy, yet look fantastically chic. You are going to love them.
As for that Save Ferris top?
Well, apparently there are copyright issues using the words ‘Save Ferris’ on a t-shirt. Who knew? So I cannot give away any free download template for that. But we all know how to freezer paper stencil around here…amiright?
Otherwise you can simply google ‘Save Ferris’ T-shirt, and a million options pop up for purchase.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…