Added Mar 8, 2013
Olympic Valley, ...
This is a pair of pants that I made for about $5 last night from a very expensive pair of name brand exercise pants. This is how I made my pattern.
First I put down a large MegaMat because you can push pins into it and not hurt a thing. Then I laid down a piece of newsprint paper. I like to salvage mine from packages that I get in the mail. I don’t recommend using printed news print paper because you don’t want to get ink on the expensive garment you are copying and it is harder to see our markings. Next I laid out the pants that I wanted to copy making sure they were very flat. I pushed pushed pins into the mat to make sure they staid in place. Now comes the fun part! I traced around the parts that I could. Then I used a pin to push through where the seams are to make many tiny holes in the paper. When I was done I just removed the pants and connected the “dots” made by the pin. To finish up I smoothed out the lines, added seam allowances, and a hem allowance.
I used a serger to construct my pants and a cover stitch with aqua colored thread for the top stitching. My fabric is a funny shade of purple which is very hard to match so I used a similar shade of grey for all of my seams.
purple stretch fabric, thread, 1/2" wide elastic for the waistband
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