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pants/shorts fabrics?
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Joel Hulett
(jhalan) - F

Locale: Midwest
pants/shorts fabrics? on 03/11/2012 16:41:10 MDT Print View

I'm a new guy here, this is my first post.
I've been tinkering around with sewing off and on for about a year now and I'd like to take a go at making a pair of pants or shorts for my outdoor adventures. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for fabrics for pants or shorts. I haven't seen many posts about the matter. Any suggestions would be great thanks!

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: pants/shorts fabrics? on 03/11/2012 16:59:05 MDT Print View

Supplex sells it


doesn't absorb too much water so it's pretty good in rain

sustains a lot of wear

feels comfortable against skin

I wear these all the time

Joel Hulett
(jhalan) - F

Locale: Midwest
supplex on 03/11/2012 17:01:16 MDT Print View

Would you use a heavier material for the knee patches, or leave it as is?

Joel Hulett
(jhalan) - F

Locale: Midwest
pics? on 03/11/2012 17:11:23 MDT Print View

Jerry, would it be possible to show a picture of your MYOG pants? I'm very interested, and thanks for your help.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: pics? on 03/11/2012 17:48:30 MDT Print View

Pattern (this is folded, I would iron it out to make it more flat if I was going to use it):

You might want to take apart a pair of pants that fits you to make a pattern.

front view:

side view:side

You cut out two identical pieces. Actually mirror images but both sides of supplex are identical so it doesn't matter.

You sew the two pieces together at the top. Front and back. Use a French seam.

Then sew them together on the inseam with a french seam. Voila! you have a pair of pants!

I am always amazed at the topology that this produces a 3 dimesional pair of pants.

Sew on pockets.

Hem the bottom of both legs if you're doing shorts, make an elastic sleeve if you're making pants and put in elastic.

Put a sleeve in the top. I use both a piece of elastic and a nylon cord. The elastic holds the pants up if I don't have anything in the pockets, the nylon cord is needed if I'm carrying weight in the pockets.

I should write up a more detailed description that's easier to follow.

todd h
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: SE
Re: pics? on 03/11/2012 18:51:52 MDT Print View

Nice Jerry.

Thanks for the pics and details.