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Happy 2017 BurdaStylers! Last week I cut out my pants pattern and sewed an entire dress to wear for New Year’s Eve. Read on to see the dress and my first steps in sewing my High Waist Trousers.

I was pretty excited to jump into sewing these pants because I haven’t sewn a pair in quite some time. I actually completed sewing them over the weekend because I just couldn’t stop sewing! Sometimes I’m able to start a project and work on it a little bit each day, and other times I can’t do anything until the garment is entirely sewn, fit, and finished. In this post I’ll share how I stitched the piping into the seams and how I constructed the pockets.

Step 1

To start off I sewed the pockets, and I first serged the top edges. They were a detail that I added myself see how I drafted them here.

Step 2

I then folded and pinned down the top allowance and topstitched in place from the right side.

Step 3

On the bottom edge of the pocket I pinned the piping right sides together, aligning the edges.

Step 4

I installed the piping foot on my machine and sewed as close to the leather braid as I could get.

Step 5

To put the pocket pieces on the pants I flipped out the sewn piping and aligned the top and bottom edges with the notches on the pattern I created. I pinned all around the edges and sewed in place.

Step 6

Along the bottom edge I stitched the pocket right along the piping seam, on the side edges I sewed inside the seam allowance so the stitch wouldn’t be visible.

Step 7

Here are my sewn pockets!

Step 8

Now that my pockets were sewn I could sew the front side panel pieces to the center front pieces.

Step 9

I wanted piping down these seams as well, so I first pinned the piping right side down along the center front panel piece and basted it in place.

Step 10

Now that it was secured in place it was easier to position and sew my front side pant panel piece on top. The piping is sandwiched in between the two panel layers. When I first sewed the piping in place I stitched closer to the edge, but when actually sewing the pieces together I used the piping foot to get nice and close.

Step 11

I opened up my front pant and topstitched along side the piping seam.

Step 12

Then I repeated the process for the other front pant.

Step 13

Now it was time for the back! I grabbed my pieces 3 & 4.

Step 14

On the center back pant pieces I pinned the piping right side down. I made sure to leave a little bit of extra piping on the top and bottom in case any stretching happened as I sewed since my fabric has stretch in both directions.

Step 15

Once the piping was basted in place I again sandwiched the piping in between the seam. I sewed all layers in place, and again topstitched the piping seam.

Step 16

Now that all pant pieces were assembled I could sew up the crotch seams. I placed the fronts right sides together as well as the backs and pinned the crotch seams in place.

Step 17

I could switch back to my regular machine foot now that all the piping was sewn, and I sewed my crotch seams together.

Step 18

I then serged my allowances together and put the pieces aside as it was time to put together the waistband!

I’ll save the waistband for next week as that was quite a process (and may have involved some stitch ripping on my end, oops).

Step 19
See the project here.

Last week after I cut out these pants I also decided to quickly whip up a dress to wear on New Year’s Eve! Here is my dress quickly snaps on Instagram before we went out. I used our Bell Sleeve Mini Dress pattern and it came together fast and easy. See how I sewed it together here. It was a hit at the party and I even got the compliment that “my dress looks fancy”!

Sew along and use the same High Waist Trousers pattern. Just make sure to upload to the projects page and link to the pattern

Happy Sewing!

~Meg Healy

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