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After a fair bit of experimentation with different construction methods and types of underwear elastic, this is my favourite technique for creating great-looking and comfy pants!

Technique Materials

Pants pattern. Either make a pattern by tracing or deconstructing an existing pair or download my hipster pants pattern (to be uploaded in the near future). Make sure there are three pieces: front, back and gusset

Knit fabric. You can upcycle old T-shirts or use any piece of pants-appropriate knit fabric. Remember, standard crew-necks T-shirt fabric tends to have less stretch quality than a lot of knit fabric (particularly those with an elastane content), so you may want to add an extra 0.5 - 1 cm at each side seam if you want to use the less-stretchy type to give yourself an extra 2 - 4 cms in total for comfort.

FOE (fold-over elastic). You can of course use any type of elastic you please, but seeing as I prefer FOE for it's ease of use and clean finish, that's what I'm using for this tutorial. It is available in some haberdashers, and many ebay sellers stock it in a variety of colours and finishes.


Standard sewing machine that can make a three-step zigzag stitch or normal zigzag stitch.


Large handstitching needle


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