The signature feature of the Flint Pants is the hidden closure in the left pocket.
This is one of the things that make this pattern into such a great introduction to sewing pants. The construction is easy to follow and avoids the need for a fly or zip insertion. However I always advise reading through the instructions or tutorial in full before you get started so you can get an idea of each of the steps ahead.
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Ok, let’s get started!
The first step is to finish the long curved edges of each of the pocket (pattern piece 3) and pocket lining (pattern piece 4) pieces. I used an overlocker/serger, but a simple zigzag stitch or even binding would work.
You’ll notice in some of the pictures that the edges of the front pieces are already finished. My fabric was a little sheer so I underlined it with a fabric from my stash to make it a little sturdier. I serged the underlining to the main fabric around each edge of the front and back pattern pieces. This also served to finish the edges, a step which usually comes later when sewing the seams. If you want to bulk finish your edges (whether you’re underlining or not) go ahead and do that now.
Optional extra – add a strip of interfacing to the wrong side of the pocket lining pattern piece, along the pocket opening edge to help prevent it from stretching or sagging.
Right sides together, align the pocket linings (pattern piece 4) with the front (pattern piece 1) pocket openings. Sew at 1.5cm (5/8”) along the pocket openings.
Press both the pocket lining and the seam allowances away from the front pieces.
Understitch on the pocket piece, close to the seamline – around 2mm away from the seam. This keeps the pocket lining from shifting so it won’t show during wear. Repeat on the other side.
Turn the pocket lining to the wrong side of the front pants piece and press. Ensure the pocket opening is neat.
Right sides together, place the pocket (Pattern piece 3) on top of the pocket lining (pattern piece 4). Check that the notches align. Pin carefully.
On the left pocket ONLY (I literally held the pattern piece against my body to double check I had the correct side!):
Sew a 1.5cm (5/8”) seam from the bottom of the pocket around the curve and stop at the marked notch. Pivot into the seam allowance and sew right to the edge.
It’s advisable to use a bar task to reinforce this area – it will take the most strain as you get in and out of your garment.
Make sure you are only sewing the pocket and pocket lining together, not the pants!
On the right pocket:
Sew a 1.5cm (5/8”) seam around the full pocket outer edge – from the bottom of the pocket around the curve and continue to the top edge of the pocket.
Again, make sure you are only sewing the pocket and pocket lining together, not the pants!
Turn the pockets back to the wrong side, check that the notches align and press both the pocket and pocket lining.
On the left ONLY:
Pin and baste stitch (at 1.3cm/1/2” or less) only the left pocket lining to the waistline – ensure that the pocket piece is not connected to the waistline. Baste stitch both the pocket and pocket lining to the side seam.
On the right:
Pin and baste (at 1.3cm/1/2” or less) the pocket and pocket lining to both the waistline seam and the sideseam.
And that’s it!
Congratulations you are one step closer to your completed Flint pants! Tomorrow we will sew the seams and you will really see your pants start to come together.
See you then!
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See the other posts related to the Flint Pants Sew Along:
- Know your size
- Fabric selection
- Pattern hacks
- Print and cut your pattern
- Sewing the release tucks and darts