Tracksuit Bottom Trousers Without a Pattern
Posted on Thursday the 29th December 2016 by Tea and a Sewing Machine
3. Draw round your pattern piece again, this time adding a seam allowance and an extra 6 cm at the top. If you need to make the trousers a bit bigger than the original ones, add the extra cm now. Cut out your pattern piece.
4. Take another piece of greaseproof paper and lay the bottom of one of the trackie legs onto it. Draw around the bottom part of the leg, adding 5-6 extra cm for the casing for the elastic. Remember that the outside leg will be cut on the fold. If the bottom cuff is elasticated, it’s fine to draw the bottom of the leg square as the elastic will give it some shape. Draw up into the leg a little bit. Cut it out.
1. Take your fabric and fold it so the the grain is running up and down. Fold it over enough so that you can get your pattern piece on.
2. Lay the pattern piece for the top of the trackies on the fabric. The outside leg needs to be on the fold. Pin in place.
3. Take the pattern piece for the bottom of the leg. Lay that onto the fabric, again so that the outside leg is on the fold. Check that the legs will be long enough and that you’ve allowed for the casing at the ankle.
4. Cut out the leg piece. I used a tape measure as a guide because I don’t trust myself to cut straight! It’s easier to use a rotary cutter for this than scissors if you have one.
5. Using the leg piece you just cut out as a guide, cut a second leg in the same way.
At this point, the trouser legs probably look huge. In my experience, when this is the case, they’re probably the right size. If they are a bit big, you’ll be able to adjust it them in a bit.
1. Open out both the leg sections. With the right sides together, pin the front and back seams. Sew, then trim the seams. Normally you would need to clip the curves, but as the fabric doesn’t fray very much, you can just trim them closely instead.
2. Rearrange the trousers so that the front and the back seams are together. Pin the leg seams.
3. Sew the leg seams. I usually start where the front and back seams meet and sew downwards towards the ankle, then sew the other leg in the same way.
4. Get your trouser wearer to try them on. Mark with pins where the waist and ankle cuffs will need to be.
5. To make the casing for the elastic, fold down the top of the trousers, then tuck the raw edge underneath and pin. Check that the casing will be wide enough for the elastic, then sew close to the bottom edge. Repeat for the ankles.
6. Cut a length of elastic wide enough to go round the recipient’s waist, plus a bit extra. Using a safety pin, thread the elastic through the casing. Overlap the ends and sew them together. Repeat for the ankles.
One pair of trackies!
And this is the face when I told him to pose!
If you are interested in finding out more about sewing clothes without a pattern, I have several posts on my blog Tea and a Sewing Machine.