2 pant legs cut using yesterday's pattern
elastic (your child's waist measurement plus 1")
pins - hem gauge or measuring tape
The size elastic you'll need will depend on the amount of seam allowance you
added when making the pattern. I prefer to use 3/4" or wider to help prevent twisting.
Lay both pant legs on top of each other with the right sides together.
Stitch along the front crotch length, and then the back crotch length.
Now fold the pants in the opposite direction, bringing the crotch seams together in the center.
Stitch one continuous line from the hem of one leg, up to the crotch, and down the other leg.
That's it! Skip ahead a few steps for the hem and waistband.
continuous crotch seam
Fold each pant leg in half lengthwise with right sides together.
Make sure you have both a left and a right leg, and then stitch the inseam for each.
Now this is the part where most people get mixed up, so please read the next steps carefully!
Turn one pant leg right side out. (leave the other inside out for now.)
Slide the right side out leg down into the inside out leg so that the right sides of the fabric are touching.
Match up the inseams and stitch along the entire crotch length to form a U shaped seam.
Pull the legs apart and turn them right side out. Ta-da, pants!
Fold the hems under to the inside and stitch them in place.
Do the same with the waist to form the elastic casing, leaving a small opening to slide the elastic through.
Thread your elastic through the casing and overlap the ends. Stitch the layered elastic together, and close the gap.
Don't forget to throw a little tag in there if you plan to add one. Dads really seem to appreciate knowing which way
is which when it comes to homemade clothing. (or so I'm told.) A tiny folded piece of ribbon works perfectly for that.
Try this tip to help keep your elastic from twisting.