Wrapped or Un-wrapped, 407 by MacPhee Workshop

Sew, here I go again!

This pattern is ingenious!  Normally we pin a sewing pattern to our fabric, cut out the pieces to sew together then set aside the trimmings, like pastry or cookie dough.

Not this one!  In Linda’s Wrap Pant pattern, you prepare two pieces of fabric with right sides together, the size being determined by your size, and whether you going wrapped or un-wrapped.  The pattern piece is pinned onto a specific place on the fabric, cut out, AND set aside.

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This tutorial is for the Un-wrapped version, shown on the right.  But not gathered at the hem.

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Sew, not ever being able to follow a pattern, (or recipe, or directions for that matter), I thought these would look good finishing just below the knee.  (They do, lol)    I cut out the crotch, then serged the “U” shaped seam.  In the picture on the right, the front is on the right of the crotch and the back is on the left.

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With right sides together, I serged the seam at the front of each leg.

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Then I tried them on.  Most figures need the front to be a bit lower than the back, like me.  I cut the front down by 1 inch, then tapered it to nothing at the sides.

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To finish the waist I like to use a knit remnant to make a casing with waistband elastic inside.  I had a piece of pink that was perfect for the job and cut a 2 inch wide strip across the greatest stretch.   To determine how long to cut it, I stretched it so it was the same measurement as the top of the pants. I wrapped a piece of 1 inch wide elastic around my waist with just the right amount of stretch that was comfortable.  Stretch the elastic a couple of times first to “prime” it, then cut it to the right length.  Sew the ends together to make a circle.  Do the same with the casing fabric. 2014-06-10 17.06.31

Fold the casing in half with wrong sides together and tuck the elastic inside so it’s along the fold, not near the raw edges.

Quarter pin both the waist casing AND the pants waist, then pin the casing to the right side of the pants, having the seam in the casing at the center back, and matching the quarter marks.

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I serged the casing to the pant waist, stretching the casing to fit and pushing the elastic into the fold so it wouldn’t get sewn in.

A small hem at the bottom of each leg and they’re ready to wear.  You could use your serger and do a rolled edge, or turn up a narrow double hem and top-stitch with your sewing machine.  The pair on the left has piping inserted into the front leg seam, and a little velvet ribbon tied into a bow at the front waist.

 2 pairs

Have you made these?  What do you think of them?


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