fledge capable of flying, from Middle English flegge, from Old English -flycge; akin to Old High German flucki capable of flying,
Old English flEogan to fly -- more at FLY
intransitive verb, of a young bird : to acquire the feathers necessary for flight or independent activity

Thursday, September 25, 2008


I'm going to put on the front pant pockets. I'm going a little bit out of sequence with the sew-along instructions, but nothing major.

First, I stitch the front pocket back to the front pocket front right sides together.

I add a little embellishment to the edge of the front pocket here.

I stitch on the pocket front to the edge of the pocket on the pant leg right sides together.

The ruffle detail doesn't look bad. Now I'll show you this. This embellishment pulled on the pockets a little differently and the pockets are asymmetrically sewn. But so what? Nobody will see these. (Well, you've seen it now...but in reality...)

Now I stitch the curved panel to the inner thigh of the pant leg. To do this, I pin just the very tippy top corner in place and head over to the sewing machine. While aligning the edges of the fabric, I stitch. I just keep stitching, just keep stitching, just keep stitching, keeping those two edges aligned. Akribisch. That's German for "meticulously". But "akribisch" sounds more like it. Let's face it, we English-speaking countries are just less akribisch.

And these pattern pieces fit perfectly together. I love it when that happens. Getting these curves and tapers just right, that is the art of the pattern drafter. Akribisch.

So let's lay the top part of the front pant leg aside and attach the yoke to the seat of the pants. Notice that the yoke piece is trapezoidal and that the long short end is in the center. And if you relish to embellish, embellish at will, because WANDA Fancy Pants can never be too fancy!

And then stitch on that curved inner thigh piece to the pant leg back, as described above. Just keep stitching, just keep stitching...akribisch.

Now the top halves of the front and the back of the pant legs are complete. I betcha think we should add the lower parts of the pant legs on now. No, no, no! I will stitch the top of the pant leg front to the top of the pant leg back. And there is a reason for this. I was lying awake this morning trying to solve the outseam dilemma I would soon be facing. See, the seam allowance at the front pocket needs to go toward the back, so the pocket looks like it is going under the outseam. BUT: But the outseam at the flap details needs to be pressed front-ward, so that it looks like the happy flappies are going under the outseam from the other way. If I have one continuous outseam, the seam allowance cannot be topstitched both ways. Or it could, but that wouldn't be very elegant...Aha! Dilemma solved: If I attach top to bottom after the outseam is topstitched--top part seam allowance going this-a-way, bottom part seam allowance going that-a-way--I can dodge my way out of this topstitching debacle.

And, um, when stitching that outseam, pin the pocket out of the way.

And, um, also when topstitching that outseam, pin the pocket out of the way.

Hi, Murphy. How's it going? Planning to stay for long?

No slacking on the akribisch thing. Keep the akribisch going the whole time.

1 comment:

Mika said...

You're a distributor for Studio Tantrum/Farbenmix correct? Will you please email me? I have a question..thank you!


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