Are you ready for your first sewing day?! I hope so…because today is the day!
We will be walking you through the process of assembling the color blocked legs for View B. Once assembled, these leg pieces will be identical in shape to the pieces from View A.
On Tuesday, we will be assembling both views and showing you how to add in the optional gusset!
So let’s get started…
Cut out your pieces as per directions, ensuring you have cut mirror images.
To create your color blocked leg pieces, you will need to begin by seaming the back and front of the leg pieces to the color blocked section. This may seem complicated at first but we are going to break it down for you!
The color blocked View B consists of 3 pieces. The front, main panel, and back.
Step 1: Match the back leg piece to the main piece as shown to the right. Pin extra around the curve to help ease around the curve. Use a ¼” seam and stitch together using your preferred method. If you are worried about your machine eating your fabric in the beginning, you can use a bridge to get you started.
More on this in the next step…
Note: We use a folded over scrap of fabric as a bridge to keep our foot level as it moves into sewing our stretch fabric. Since feed dogs will try and eat the end of the fabric with knits, this little piece of fabric will help prevent your fabric from getting stuck!
You can see the bridge in the photo below on the left.
Step 2: Sew the front piece to the main piece. We’re going from convex to concave so we need to ease around the curve. To do this, the directions suggest attaching the beginning section(we pinned the first 4-5 inches), easing the curve together.
Sew using a ¼” seam allowance putting your needle down to pivot and pin the remaining section, once again easing around the curve.
Step 3: Continue sewing to the bottom of the leg. You are half way there! Now we will repeat the process, connecting the front piece to the main piece.
Be sure to ease the curve, pinning the first 4 inches. After sewing past the initial curve, put your needle down and pivot to finish sewing down the leg.
You now have a full leg piece that looks like the pattern piece from View A.
Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the second leg!
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If you haven’t decided if you are going to use a gusset yet, now is the time to decide. You can refer back to our post on gussets here.
Happy sewing, you are all done for today!
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