Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Zip-off Pants Hack : Whitney from Sew Whit Designs

 Today we have Whitney from Sew Whit Designs showing us a really cool hack for the Prose & Poetry Joggers. 

On week one of Project Run and Play Season 25. I hacked the Poetry & Prose Cargo Joggers into zip-off pants for my oldest back to school look. Back to school where we live is a transitional season. We ended up doing at least a couple of weeks, if not months, in shorts before its cool enough to wear pants.

I started with the size he measured into for height and then went up one size. That gave me the perfect amount of added length to put in the zipper. Figure out where you want the shorts to hit. We liked just below the knee and then account for the seam allowance/hem for the upper part of the zipper. For us it was a couple inches below the pocket. I needed 1" for the hem on the shorts and 1/2" at the top of the leg zip off. You will need two separating zippers the length of the circumference of your pant leg. Mine were 17" zippers for the size 12.

I constructed the panted as usual without the hem. Then tried them on to double check where to cut the legs off to add the zipper. Cut off the legs an insert the zipper. you want to put the size of the zipper with the pull on the zip off leg part. And the other side (with the end) on the actual shorts. This way when the pants are worn as shorts the zipper pull won't be hitting on your leg.

Place the right side of the zipper to the right side of the fabric right on the edge, line up the edges and baste. After the zipper is basted fold up the hem to the inside of the short and topstitch the hem.

Do the same for the leg portion. Before you baste make sure you line up the legs properly with the start and ends of the zipper in the right place. Bast the right side of the zipper to the right side of the fabric. Turn the seam allowance to the inside and topstitch.

Try them on zipped and hem the pants portion where you like. This pattern is so versatile and one that is quickly becoming a staple in my kiddos closet.

The Fabric I used is this soft Baby Wale Corduroy from Cali Fabrics. It has the perfect amount of stretch to be comfy but the durability my boys need for everyday pants.

I hope you've been sewing along all month and if you haven't don't forget to grab the pattern for $3 off with the code in the newsletter. Sign up for the newsletter here.

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