Make a Paper Version and Figure It OUT!comments (3) February 27th, 2009
Whether you design your own patterns (and you stumped yourself), or you're just trying to make sense of how pattern pieces sew together, I discovered that it helps to make a paper version of the problem to help figure it out. I'm working on my Khaki Pants pattern instructions. I was cruising along pretty well until I got to the back inseam pockets. I have a sample pair to look at, and quite frankly, I wasn't impressed with the way we put them together the first time (in the rush of a fashion show deadline). I sat there thinking there had to be a better way to construct them. I mean, the way I sewed them together worked...kinda. It just seemed too painful—having to clip the seam allowances and a few other steps that weren't sitting right with me.
I decided that I would trace the actual pattern pieces out in paper and tape them together to double-check my method. I'm so glad I did because I discovered a much easier way to do it. (By "discover" I don't mean I came up with an original idea. I mean it's probably the way a well-written pattern with inseam pockets along the waistband would do it, too!)
Next time you're in a similar situation, you might save some fabric, time, and irritation working it out in paper first!
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