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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

KCWC Day 2: Clean Slate Pants With Cuffs and Belt Loops

Day two went off with a bang.  No, I mean literally.  I sat down at the machine all ready to sew and there was a huge bang.  Like a gun shot.  While it was probably just one of the local construction crews dropping a really big piece of something, it felt like my own personal, "On your mark, get set, go!".

Belt Loop Tutorial

Today's goal was a pair of Clean Slate Pants that would work for a). C's Halloween costume and b). a nice pair of skinny trousers like I've been seeing all over the place.  If I'd had it my way, these would've been sewn in a mustard twill but this first pair had to play double duty so the color choice was out of my hands.

I'd made a pair of the shorts version of this pattern back in August but never got to show them off because the weather took an abrupt turn for the worse and I thought child services might make an appearance if I forced C to wear them just for a picture.  I'm a huge fan of this pattern and love the fact that it can be so easily adapted for either warm or cold weather.  I added cuffs and belt loops this time around.

I've never added belt loops to the boys pants.  Mostly because my children are anti-belt.  I think it has something to do with waiting until the last minute when using the bathroom.  It turns out, they are much easier to sew than I thought.

Belt Loop Tutorial

Here's what you need to do:

1.  Cut 5 rectangles.  They can really be any width, depending on the look you want to achieve.  I cut mine  2 X 1 1/2 inches.

2.  Fold each rectangle in half to form a crease.  Then press each long side in to meet at this line.

3.  Sew two or three parallel lines down the length of each loop.  This will secure each half.

4.  Press each short end under 1/4 inch.

5.  Pin each loop so the top aligns with the top of the waistband and the the bottom just below.  You'll want to space these evenly, so start pinning at the back seam, then one at each side seam and two in front just before each pocket.

6.  Sew each end of each loop to the waistband using a zig zag stitch.

Belt Loop Tutorial

And now you have Clean Slate Pants with belt loops.  We'll see if I can convince this kid to start wearing belts.

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  2. Another option to add belt loops is to baste them in place around your waist BEFORE you sew on the waist band. You then let them hang down flat as you sew on the waist band. Then, topstitch the waistband closed over the top of the hanging loops. Finally, top stich the top of the waistband, pausing at each loop to bring it up, fold the top and stich it down along the way. I find this really secures each loop, and I don't have to iron the fold on the bottom.


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