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Making garments on your serger means less time making and more time wearing.  This 2 part class will include selecting the amount of ease you want in your pants, PJ’s  or shorts, laying out the pattern pieces on your fabric, cutting the fabric and serging it together.  Your choice whether to make pull-on pants, shorts or PJ’s.  Pick from the patterns listed on the Supply List.  Great class for those who are new to garment sewing, serging or looking for new ways to use their serger.

Pre-requisites:    Basic knowledge of your serger, including how to thread it and being able to serge a 4 thread overlock seam, is required.  Threading and the basics of serger sewing will not be taught in this class.

SERGER GARMENTS

Pull-on Pants, Shorts or PJ’s

Supply List

  1.    Pattern Choices:  Select your pattern based on your HIP measurement not your retail store size or your waist measurement. Pattern sizes and retail store sizes often have little in common.  Don’t panic if your pattern size is bigger than your retail store size.  That’s normal – just don’t tell anyone and no one will know.

You can chose to buy a paper pattern at a local fabric store or a digital/pdf version downloaded from the manufacturer’s website.  If you chose a digital/pdf pattern, print it and tape it together before class.  No need to cut the pattern pieces out.  We will discuss how much ease we want our garment to have before cutting the pattern pieces.

  •         Pants and Shorts

o   KwikSew K3345:  Basic straight leg pull-on pant for women or men.  Also offers a shorts option.  No pockets.  The waistband is made by folding the waistband edge over the elastic.

Excellent choice if you are new to serging or garment making.

o   McCalls M8057:  Features a tapered pant leg with an option for a close or loose fit at the hips.  Also offers a shorts option.  Has on-seam pockets.  The waistband is made by folding the waistband edge over the elastic.  NOTE:  The pattern calls for 3/8” elastic.  Instead, purchase 1-1/4 yards of elastic that is 1-1/4” wide.

Excellent choice if you are new to serging or garment making.

o   Simplicity S8389 (Also sold as R11064):  Features both a wide leg and a narrow leg option. Also offers a shorts option.  Has on-seam pockets.  The waistband is pieced and set-in with a flat section on center front.  We will not be making the tie belt or belt loops.

Because of the set-in waistband, this pattern is recommended for those who have some experience with their serger or with making garments.

  •         PJ Pants and Sleeping Shorts – both patterns are recommended for any skill or experience level.

o   Simplicity S9127 – Children’s and adult’s straight leg PJ pants and sleeping shorts.  No pockets.  The waistband is made by folding the waistband edge over the elastic. 

o   New Look 6404:  Misses and Men’s PJ straight leg pants and sleeping shorts.  No pockets.  The waistband is made by folding the waistband edge over the elastic.

o   Butterick B6531:  Children’s and adult’s loose-fitting straight leg PJ pant and sleeping shorts.  Has on-seam pockets.  The waistband is made by folding the waistband edge over the elastic.

  1.    Woven fabric:  Check the back of the pattern envelope under the size you think you will make.  If using a fabric with a plaid or obvious design, buy 1/4-1/2 yard more fabric than listed. 

When selecting fabric, check the pattern envelope back for recommended fabrics.  Compare this to the label on the fabric bolt end to be sure you are getting the right type and weight fabric.  Fabrics that make good bottom garments include:

  •         Sportswear fabrics such as stretch sateen, stretch and non-stretch twill, chino and poplin.
  •         Stretch denim, 7-10 oz medium weight denim and chambray.
  •         Linen or linen look fabrics
  •         Quilting Cotton
  •         Flannel and brushed cottons
  •         Polyester suiting, crepe suiting and gabardine
  •         Corduroy
  •         Challis
  1.    Serger in good working order.  If your needles have not been changed in a while or are dull, it is highly recommended that you treat your machine to new needles.
  2.    Quick Reference Guide or manual for your serger.
  3.    Hemming Options
  •         Blindstitch or Blind Hem – used if your serger does not have a coverstitch.  Bring your Blind Stitch or Blind Hem foot.
  •         Coverstitch Hem – You need a serger that is capable of chain and coverstitch.  Bring your flat sewing table if your serger can do this stitch.
  1.    4 spools thread - If you will make a coverstitch hem, at least two of the spools must match or coordinate with your fabric as two rows of stitches will show on the right side of the garment.    
  2.    Elastic.  Be sure to purchase either knit or woven elastic.  Do not purchase braided elastic.  It is not necessary to purchase non-roll elastic.
  •         Check the back of the pattern envelop for the width and amount of elastic to purchase
  •         EXCEPTION:  McCalls M8057 calls for 3/8” wide elastic which is put through multiple casings.  As we will not make any casings, purchase 1-1/4 yards of 1-1/4” wide knit or woven elastic.
  1.    Standard sewing supplies, including:
  •         Fabric scissors.  If you have a pdf pattern also bring a pair of paper cutting scissors
  •         Pins
  •         Yard stick
  •         Measuring Tape
  •         Chalk or other temporary marking tool
  •         Seam/Hem gauge
  •         Fray Check or other seam sealant (optional)

 

BEFORE CLASS:

  1.    Shrink your fabric by washing it and drying it.  Nothing worse than making a garment and having it shrink in the first washing.
  2.    No need to cut out your fabric ahead of class.  We will do this during the first session.
  3.    Have a favorite pair of pull-on pants, PJ’s or shorts?  Lay them flat on a table and measure how wide they are across the hips.  Multiple by 2 and bring that number to class.  This will help you decide how much ease (the amount of snugness or looseness) you like in your garment.
  4.    If you haven’t used your serger in a long time (or ever), make sure you can thread a 4-thread overlock stitch.  Make a test stitch on fabric to make sure your machine is working properly.


Have Questions???? or not certain about what the Supply List say?

Contact me at JLBarry4567@gmail.com and I’ll help you out.

 


Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details:
Instructor: JOYCE BARRY
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                 Richmond, VA 23294
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