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Friday, November 22, 2013

D.I.Y. LOUNGING PANT--without a pattern! :)

Do you have that pair of lounging pants that you absolutely love?!  You know the ones! They are super cozy and they aren't too short (I HATE THAT).  Well, my friends, that is how I feel about my "Stewie Pants".  Well, actually, they are my husbands's "Stewie Pants" but that's beside the point. ;)

Awhile back my husband and I made a Halloween costume.  Being that it was our first time, we weren't quite sure how much of the main yellow fabric to get.  Erroring on the side of caution, we ended up getting about 4 yards more than we needed.  Please don't laugh.  To our credit, we did ask the lady at JoAnn's and that is how we were directed.   Needless to say, we had A BUNCH left over.

I have been really wanting to make some comfy lounging pants, especially since I am sad to say, my "Stewie Pants" have almost had it.  Not quite yet, but they are getting there.  Because I had so much of this yellow fabric, I decided to use it as a test.  Worst case scenario, I fail, and this lovely yellow fabric will have to be discarded.  Best case scenario, I have a pair of really cool yellow pants.  Hey, the fabric goes back to what I was saying about being SUPER COZY.  The color may just take a bit of time to get used to. 

This was my first time making something like this without a pattern.  I am actually really happy with the way they turned out.  If you have some lovely fabric you need to get rid of, this is a great way to use it.  


Approximately 3 of fabric 
Thread that matches your fabric
3/4 inch Elastic-however much you choose for a comfortable waist band. 
Sewing gauge
Ironing board
Large metal paperclip or Large Safety pin

Step 1:  Fold your fabric in half.  Neatly fold your old pajama pants in half. Place on top of fabric. 

Step 2:  Cut around your pants, allowing extra fabric for seams.  Make sure you stretch your elastic of your old pants to give you an idea of how wide you need to keep your new fabric on the top.  You can see I just cut straight instead of curving.  I allowed approximately 1/2 inch on the sides and about 2 inches on the top and bottom.  

Step 3: Lay a new piece of your fabric out, doubled again.  Flip your cut out piece on top and carefully cut around it.

Step 4:  You should now have 4 individual pieces that look like this.

*Note the curved part of the fabric. 

 Step 5:  I used a lattice type setting on my sewing machine here.  I don't have a serger so this is what I did instead to reinforce this area.  You don't have to do this if you don't want to.  I did this just as a test to see if it hold up better when a do this to the edge. :)

Step 6:  Sew the long line on the left, top to bottom.  

Step 7:  Open it up.

Step 8:  With your iron, press the seam open. 

Step 9:  Next, we will start with the bottom hem.

Step 10:  Fold approximately 1/4 inch.  Press with the iron.

Step 11:  Fold again approximately 1/4 inch.  Press with the iron.

Step 12:  Sew as close to the edge as you can. 

Step 13:  Make sure you line it up nice. :)

Step 14:  Now go back to your ironing board.  Fold again, this time fold it to 1 inch.   Press with the iron. 

Step 15: Sew. I did two lines so it was more decorative on the outside.  I did one as close to the edge as I could and the other I just went in a little bit.  That was just my preference. You can do just one line if you would like. 


Step 16:  Now we will work on the top.  

Step 17: Just as you did before in step 10, fold approximately 1/4 inch.  Press.
Then fold again approximately 1/4 inch (as you did in Step 11).  
Sew as close to the edge (as you did in Step 12).

Step 18:  Return to your ironing board and fold again for your elastic.  I ended up making this a little smaller than I have shown here.  Just make sure you leave enough room for your elastic so it won't roll. 
After determining how wide to make it,  press again.

Step 19:  Sew along the edge as close as you can.  Here, again, I sewed an extra line for decoration. (Once again, I apologize for not getting the picture. I was on a roll. :)


Step 20:  Now lay one of your opened pieces with seams down.  Lay the next opened piece on top of that one with seams up.  

Step 21:  Now you will be sewing both of these curves.  

Step 22:  Make sure you start just below where your waist will be. If you start right at the top you will not be able to get your elastic in. 

Step 23:  After you have completed sewing the curves, it's time to start seeing pants.  Grab the two middle seams and lift up and shake your fabric a little.

Step 24:  TA DA...they are starting to look like pants now. :)

Step 25:  Matching the seams at the crotch, sew the inseam.  That is the U between your "legs". 

Step 26:  Measure your elastic the length that you would like.  Hook a metal paperclip or a large safety pin on the end of your elastic.

Step 27:  Carefully feed your elastic into the waist band.  Once again, I forgot a picture but I have full confidence you understand what I mean. :)

Make sure you don't pull your elastic too :far.  I hate having to redo that part.

When you get your elastic through, grab the ends of the elastic, go to the sewing machine and sew them together.

Situate the fabric to your liking.

Step 28:  At the side seams, fold fabric to look nice and using a needle and thread, sew your sides shut.  As you can tell by the picture, I need a little work in this area.  Give me a break.  This was my first time. ;)

Step 29:  And now you have a great pair of lounging pants--that you made---with no pattern!  FUN!

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