Monday, January 6, 2014

My Very Own Swants!

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I caught the swants bug and was jealous of Brandon's pair, so I made my very own pair yesterday with the help of a good friend, Meghan. 

There are a couple of things I learned from making swants.

First, I am now quite good at the mattress stitch, a stitch I had not needed until now.

Second, yes, having a good friend help out on the rear shaping is pretty vital.  I would like to note, however, that it should be a "good" friend and not someone you would feel shy about since their hands are all over your rear flap. :)

Third, in his instructions he mentions folding in the flaps and making a 90 degreeish angle.  That was the key in the shaping that I missed the day before.  You should start with the outer hip point and make a line to the center of the crotch.  I also made the crotch seam in the back another inch or so because that's just how it worked out.
Here's a picture and notice how the seams kind of make a "v" from the outer hip to the crotch seam.
This is a view of the rear flap and seaming.
I hope this helps and here are some goofy pictures of me testing out the flexibility and comfort of my new swants.  I will also make a waistband and add some elastic, but that's for another day.


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