K – so DD gave me a Groupon for $50 for Christmas (for which she paid just $25) at Coldwater Creek. So yesterday I ventured out there before making my final packing decisions for my upcoming trip to the Northwest to present at 2 stores. Searching through the store, I eyed this nice ponte knit pant in one of my SWAP colors: Teal. They fit just pretty great actually, so since the deal was $79.99 marked down to $49.99 and then 40% off that made these pants come to just $29.94! At $12.99 per yard for Sophia ponte double knit plus my time – obviously this purchase was a no-brainer. After washing them, it was obvious that the seams needed a press. HOW does anyone dress without ironing/pressing is what I wanna know? Not only did they need pressing to re-establish nice front creases (which make anyone’s legs look longer and slimmer BTW), the seams were going all over the place inside. See photo below… There’s no way that my hip line could look smooth unless those seam allowances are pressed properly!
The BEST, and FREE pant or sleeve pressing piece of equipment is a good, sturdy fabric tube. I’m sure you can just go to any fabric store where they sell home dec fabric and ask, and they’ll be happy to let you take one for FREE! See how slipping the tube inside of the pant leg allows you to press seams without creating an imprint of the seam allowance on the fabric, much less to the other side of the pant!
WARNING YOUNG MOTHERS: Creative children like my son (though years ago, I perfectly remember) ‘see’ a tube like this as a light saber or ‘sword’….. or even a great surface on which to COLOR with crayons! I was doing dressmaking from home back then, and didn’t realize he had taken RED crayon to my pressing tube until I turned the SILK TWEED pant right side out to see RED CRAYON melted onto them!!! Sew…….HIDE THIS ‘pressing tool’ FROM YOUR CHILDREN!!!
Once I had all four seam allowances tamed and steamed into place, it was time to press the pant legs from the outside, matching the seams in order to set good creases into the legs. Another VERY INEXPENSIVE see-thru pressing cloth is SILK ORGANZA!!! (I currently only have BLACK in stock.) See below how I laid the silk organza over the fabric for a pressing cloth – eliminating shine on the fabric. For more information, consult FREE INFO at my website. HERE is a link to my ‘Pressing Matters’ article.
I love to ‘learn’ from ready-to-wear. I’m a little doubtful about the bulk of the top of these pants. As you can see, the elastic has been stitched to the outside of the top of the pant, then rolled TWO times to the inside. I only roll mine one time to the inside… but we’ll see.
Sew…there you have it. Why it is smart to shop ready-t0-wear (RTW) for great bargains, making time for CREATIVE SEWING instead!