Fundamentals of Apparel Construction: Project 1

Fundamentals of Apparel ConstructionProject 1: Pajama Pants Read about it on
I previously mentioned here that I have decided to go back to school and take a fashion course at Buffalo State College. After the first couple of weeks, I quickly realized that this was one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time. Not only am I learning the fundamentals of apparel construction, but my professor is also helping me improve my tailoring skills. My professor has over 20 years of sewing experience as a professional seamstress. Therefore, I feel extremely fortunate to learn the tricks of the trade from someone with such an abundance of knowledge. Over the past several weeks, we learned how to perform basic hand stitches, how to operate an industrial style sewing machine, how to create different seams, and for the first class project I just finished making a pair of pajama pants using a commercial pattern.
Fundamentals of Apparel ConstructionProject 1: Pajama pants elastic waistbandRead about it on
At first I thought making a pair of pajama pants would be a relatively simple project, but after cutting my pattern I realized that this was going to be a lot of work. We were required to use a plaid fabric for this project, and since I love blue and brown, choosing this fabric was a no-brainer. The first step step was to cut out the individual pieces. Then I sewed the legs together. It was also important to make sure the plaid pattern matched up. Then I used the serge machine to clean up the raw edges. Lastly, I added an elastic waistband and a 1 in. machine hem. All in all, this project took about two and a half class sessions to complete. In other words, it took me about 10 hours to finish this project since each class is 4 hours long. Keep in mind, I am a complete novice at pattern cutting and creating clothing from scratch. However, after finishing these pajama pants it made me appreciate the art of bespoke tailoring even more. The amount of time, energy, and effort that goes into creating a quality garment is truly something to be admired. Hence the reason, I have so much respect and admiration for tailors and seamstresses.
Fundamentals of Apparel ConstructionProject 1: Pajama pants machine hemRead about it on
As always, thanks for reading!
Yours truly,
Akil McLeod
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