Saturday, October 11, 2014

tutorial - adding faux cuffs to any pants pattern

On Thursday I shared a pair of pants I made for Mae from the Hosh Pants pattern by LouBee Clothing.  I love this pattern exactly as written, but I thought I would try something a little differently this time.

I like this method of adding faux cuffs because it can be done entirely (less the optional topstitching) with a serger.  And there are times where I just don't fell like switching back and forth between the two machines!  Lazy, I know, but it's the truth :)

This is a really quick tutorial (and I'm sure it's obvious to most people!) but I thought I would share anyway.  I like how quick it is compared to cutting an additional piece for the hem.  Again, lazy, but I can't seem to help it!

Sewing Instructions:

1. Subtract the hem allowance called for in your pattern and then add 4" to the pattern piece before cutting anything. (Not pictured)  If you want a cuff wider than 1 3/4" you need to add the desired cuff measurement x 2 + 1/2".  For example, if you would like a 2 1/2" cuff, you need to add 2 1/2" x 2 + 1/2" or 5 1/2".  Just don't forget to make the initial fold in the next step the same as the amount you added to the pattern.

2. Place the pant leg right side up on the table.  If your pattern has an outseam, sew that first.  Fold the bottom up 4" and then fold the raw edge back down 2" to meet the first fold.  If it helps, you can think of folding it like you fold a paper fan.  If you still can't imagine it, hopefully the arrow in this picture will clear things up :)

3. Unfold the pant leg, place the right sides together, and sew the inseam.

3. Turn plants right sides out.  Refold the hem and serge/sew along the bottom edge with a 1/4" seam.

4. Turn the hem down and press.  Topstitch if desired.  And you're done!

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