I wanted to add a little pizazz to my 2nd pair and decided on this racing stripe. It added a little time to the process, but I think it was worth it. They can still be made in a few hours.
So, lets get to the tutorial.....
I created a new cut line on my pattern by coming in from the side seam 1.5" on the front pant, and 1" on the back pant. I did not divide evenly because I wanted the stripe to favor the front leg a touch.
When I laid my pants out I used dressmakers carbon to mark the new cutting line.
Now my seaming is going to be a decorative "flat lock" that my Bernina does which allows for a lot of stretch and a completely flat seam. Because you lap the seams on top of each other you only need 1/8" seam allowance. A little scary I realize, but it works well.
Here I have marked my strips with chalk 1/4" from the edge.
Now I pin my pant leg side seam on top of the strip matching the cut edge of my pant to the chalk line on the strip. I place my pins so that I can pull them out easily as I approach them while sewing.
On my Bernina this stitch is #16 and is called a Honeycomb stitch. They suggest it for stitching on ribbing for necklines with a decorative touch.
I have a pair of Nike pants that use a flat lock stitch to create a similar look. My Bernina serger does a flat lock but it does not look the same as the industrial version, so I preferred this.
I simply had to close this post with a picture of the pants with my shoes....pretty matchy...I mean swanky right? Next on the agenda of course is a hot pink t-shirt, but I have not quite settled on a design for that yet. Hmm something to ponder while sewing for clients.
If you would like more information on the entire sewing process of these pants, just check out the previous Active Wear Sew Along post.