However, I did get a pair of pants repaired and since there were a few questions asked about the type of elastic that I used for my waistbands, I thought I would share that with you. Now I fully understand that most people prefer a fly front waistline but I'm personally more comfortable with elastic. I don't use regular elastic in a casing for my pants, I use this elastic that Nancy Zieman promoted heavily about a decade or so ago.
*You press down a 1/2" of fabric to clean finish the waistline of the pants.
*Then you pin down the elastic.
*Next you stitch the elastic down following the blue lines of thread woven into the elastic.
*Finally you pull the elastic evenly around the waistline.
After much trial and error, I've found that I need to add two lines of closely stitched zig zag stitching to the ends and then I stitch the side seam closed. I also add a tag or a piece of ribbon to the back so that I know the back from the front of the pants in a glance:
Here's the thing though...I don't think the elastic is available anymore. I will need to double check with my suppliers to see if it is. I was purchasing this on 50 yard rolls and have about 20 yards or so left. Enough to make quite a few more pairs of pants but I will probably be looking into another form of elastic or waistband type for future pants. I'm thinking flat fronts with elastic sides and/or backs...but I'll see.
Anyway ~ these pants are made from a menswear pinstripe suiting purchased from Paron's Annex (when it had it's own separate store on 40th Street) were in great shape except for the elastic.
(well except for the wrinkles!!! *LOL*)
So I replaced it and had a new pair of pants to wear last week. But that is the most sewing I've done in weeks.
I have been crocheting a scarf for my sister for Christmas:
and completely enthralled with my new iPad:
I did manage to get another pair of pants cut out from this grey/poly blend wool pinstripe that hopefully will get worked on later this evening.
My Christmas shopping is done except for a trip to the AG Doll store and as a parting shot here is a picture of the Little Prince standing next to the lit Christmas tree. We opted to use the smaller one this year so that he wouldn't pull it over on himself...that doesn't mean he hasn't gifted me with some of the balls from it...a few times! *LOL*