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Copying a pair of pants (3)

It's very slow sewing here. I haven't touched my sewing machine for days and only tonight found time to make the alterations to my pattern and I am ready to cut the fabric.

Helen, I'm grateful for your comment on the Sandra Betzina method. I checked and that method is described in the book Power sewing that I have. And I'm going to do that instead of leaving the pocketseam open. I'll show pictures when I've done this.


When trying on the muslin to determine the position of the pockets in the waistband, I saw that the center front line was bent too much to the center at the location where I moved the dart.

It's a bit difficult to see in the picture, the line is drawn about 1,5 cm more to the outside at the top and then I made a smooth curve to center front again.

You can see the drawing of the pocket and the possible sizes for the tab. The same I did (with the help of DD) on the back.

I like the experiment and hope that the result is going to be what I have in mind.


There were a few comments on Kenneth King's book. I'm not the only one who loves this book, but if ýou already own a book by Kenneth King look at the reviews here. The 3rd review is of interest!

Designdreamer: thank you for the link to his book in the comments. And let us know when you make your version of these pants! It's a nice idea others are going to do this too.

And finally: this is why I want another foot for my Bernina:

The dark stitchline is as far as I can go to the left with my Bernina zipper foot, there is no other Bernina foot that will get me closer to the piping. The light blue thread is sewn with the old Elna machine. With piping this is the most obvious, but there were occasions in the past year where I wanted the needle to be further to the right or left then possible. Don't get me wrong, I still love my Bernina machine, this is the first thing I don't like about it. And could have easily been solved if they would sell another zipper foot.

I was advised by Kay Y and in a private mail to buy a shank for my Bernina so that I could use generic presser feet. I did find a supplier on Ebay and am eagerly awaiting my order. It will take some time before it will be here, and I'll let you know the results.


  1. It would depend on the size of your filler (for the piping - the only kind I have ever made was for heirloom garments, so very tiny) but I've used my pintucking foot/feet.
    I've considered buying that shank in order to use generic feet, but I've bought ONE non-bernina (generic) foot (it has the same attachment style and therefor didn't require the special shank) and although it was quite a savings, it just doesn't work as smoothly as the "authentic" feet. I'll be intested so hear your thoughts on the subject.


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