Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pants Fitting and Construction Workshop a Success!!!

Hello all! I'm trying to play catch up with my blog posts. So allow me to pick up with my June 19-21 Pants Fitting and Construction workshop. Outside of my Pants construction DVD it was my first workshop and definitely a hit. I had 2 students which allowed me to give one on one attention and really pour out my knowledge to them.We covered nearly EVERYTHING in this 3 day workshop. Day 1 began with working us working on getting my student's measurements and teaching them how to conform any pattern to their shape. This is EXACTLY where I find most people struggle. I showed them my tips on making the necessary alterations to pants based on their fit analysis. Let's just say there were alot of "AHA moments"! Once the ladies had their pattern sized they cut it out and made a muslin to try on. The results were great and very minimal tweaking was needed which was very good. So they were ready to move on to constructing an actual pants for themselves.  On day's 2 and 3 I walked them through the in's and out's of constructing pants properly. If you've seen my Tailored Pants DVD then you know my method's are a bit different then what's referenced in most home sewers books. My methods are quicker and yield highly professional results. I showed the ladies how to draft and make their own pockets and facings, fly and waistband. The folks who know me know I make all of my pants pieces. Out of convenience I may use a commercial pattern but I'll throw out all of the pieces and make my own. In the end I had 2 students who walked out of that workshop no longer intimidated in any way about making pants to fit their body. That's the kind of confidence and knowledge that I like to help instill. If you're interested in attending my next Pants workshop in August or any of my others (mentioned in the last post) feel free to email me at As always it's a pleasure sharing with you all. Please check out the pics from the workshop below......

 (Opening lecture and information session)

 (My students Tracey and Victoria)

 (Discussing how pants manufacturing is done and how the techniques used in the garment industry are some of the best!)

Tracing a pants pattern and helping student make adjustments)

(another demo---prepping for the waistband)

 (working on installing a zipper)

 (Zipper installed! Perfectly sewn crotch---pre-ironed)

 (Tracey's pants was made out of linen. Here she is interfacing her fly and other pieces)

 (using the industrial serger)

(Kidding around with each other!)

(The end result! Here's Tracey in her custom made linen pants!!! The fit is absolutely perfect and she was more than pleased.Victoria made hers too but will be posting about her pants experience on her own blog Ten Thousand Hours of Sewing.)


  1. Sounds like it was a great success! How about a DVD about your tips for measuring and fitting pants on a variety of body shapes?

  2. "Sew" jealous!!!!! I'll get there one day for class!!!

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  4. Wow they look great, finished in 3 days