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					  Pants? Pants. Pants!
      A lecture on the shape of pants




            Gennette Gill

Technical Communication (Comp 321)
          January 27, 2006
             Pants Goals
• Understand the shape of pants
• Visualize how to sew fabric together
• Alter existing pants to fit better

              Non-Goals
• Using a sewing machine
• Creating your own pants patterns
• Making new pants styles
             Organization

• Develop a pants pattern
 1 look at the shape of pants
 2 come up with a pattern
 3 discuss resulting pants
 4 if pants are not acceptable, goto 1
• See pants being sewn together
• Discuss altering existing pants
The Shape of Pants




legs in pants   basic pants shape
The Shape of Pants
Modified Pant Design (front)
What Goes Where
      waist


       hip


      thigh



     inseam
Modified Pants Design (back)

      longer

      wider



         same
         length
                 Putting It Together

                            • Sew the front to the
front                back
                              back of each leg
                              along the inseam
                            • Sew right leg to left
                              leg along the U
                            • Sew the front to the
                              back of each leg
        inseam
                              along the outer seam
Making Alterations

   • If the crotch is too loose,
     which line do we need to
     change?
   • How do we change it, without
     adding any aditional fabric?
Making Alterations
   • If the crotch is too loose,
     which line do we need to
     change?
   • How do we change it without
     adding any aditional fabric?
   • Shorten at the top
   • What else changes?
     - Waist may get bigger
     - Legs are shorter
     - Zipper and belt loops cut!
                Making Alterations

                   • If the crotch is too loose,
   cut here          which line do we need to
   somehow
   c1
                     change?
discontinuity
                   • How do we change it without
                     adding any aditional fabric?
                   • Shorten at the bottom
                   • What else changes?
                     - Less room across thigh
                     - Legs narrower / differently shaped
Making Alterations

   • If the crotch is too tight,
     which line do we need to
     change?
   • How do we change it, without
     adding any aditional fabric?
Making Alterations
   • If the crotch is too tight,
     which line do we need to
     change?
   • How do we change it without
     adding any aditional fabric?
   • What else changes?
     - Waist gets smaller
     - Less room across hips
     - Zipper gets cut!
Making Alterations
   • If the crotch is too tight,
     which line do we need to
     change?
   • How do we change it without
     adding any aditional fabric?
   • What else changes?
     - Less room across thighs
              Use Your Skills

• Visualize how pants are put together.
• Look at the pants you have:
  – How they are different from each other?
  – What properties will you look for when buying pants?
• How would you modify your existing pants:
  – Too lose? Too tight? What needs to change?
  – What side effects will possible changes have?
• Avoid mistakes when making pants
  – Visualize how the pattern will come together.
  – Small alterations based on your own measurements.
            Thanks To…

• Chris Oates, my coach
• Jose Bastardes, my pants model
• Jeff Feasel, for my sewing machine and
  many valuable pants conversations
         Questions?

Pants?     Pants.     Pants!

				
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