With the release of our three new patterns, we wanted to show you a few ways to add some great details. For the Clover pants pattern, you can add some piping to the waistband for a really polished look.
You can use any type of piping you like, contrasting, patterned, you name it. If you’ve never made your own piping, check out our piping tutorial. For some inspirational images to get you in the groove, look at these piping ideas.
- Clover pattern
- hand sewing needle
1. Make your own piping using this tutorial, or grab some piping from your stash.
2. Following the pattern instructions, join the interfaced waistband together at the side seam. Pin the piping to the right side of the waistband.
You want the stitching on the piping to be 5/8″ from the edge of the fabric. If your piping is narrow, measure to make sure you’ve left a 5/8″ seam allowance.
3. With a zipper foot, baste 1/4″ away from the piping. This will keep the piping in place when you sew the waistband to the pant and facing.
Note: To keep an even seam line with piping, always baste the piping to one layer of fabric first.
Another note: You might also use a piping foot for this, but most of already have a zipper foot, so that’s what we’re using here. With our Bernina, we actually usually use a #12 bulky overlock foot.
4. Baste the piping on both the top and bottom seams of the waistband.
5. Pin the waistband to the pant waist line.
6. Sew as close to the piping as possible without catching the piping in the needle.
7. Finish the inner waistband by serging or with pinking sheers. Press the seam allowance toward the waistband.
8. Following the pattern instructions, install an invisible zipper.
9. Pin the waistband facing to the waistband.
10. As with step #6, sew as close to the piping as possible. Tip: gently push the piping towards the foot or needle to make sure you’re sewing right next to it.
11. Follow the pattern instructions for finishing the seam and clipping corners.
12. Once turned to the right side, hand stitch the facing in place with a needle and thread.
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