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You Can Sew Pants

21 Lessons taught by Robin

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Lesson 1: You Can Sew Pants

Are you ready to sew a pair of pants? This class will walk you through each step to sew the utilitarian-inspired Nolan pants. These pants are full of fun details to sew, like oversized pockets, slightly pegged legs with a cuff, and oversized belt loops. Don’t be intimidated by the zip fly, because Robin will guide you through each step. In this first lesson, Robin will introduce you to this pattern and give you an overview so you can start sewing pants!


Hi, I’m Robin, I lead the Pattern Development team here at Seamwork.

Welcome to the You Can Sew Pants class! In this class, I’ll be taking you through each step to sew the
Nolan pants pattern. If you are new to sewing pants, or you just want some tips along the way, this class
will be really helpful. We’ll start with picking out a fabric, making a muslin, and I’ll cover a couple essential
fit adjustments before we dive into sewing each step. Ready to meet Nolan?

The Nolan pants are really fun to sew, and they’re great for taking your sewing skills to the next level.
These pants feature a relaxed fit with a bit of a utilitarian look. They are high-rise with a slight pegged leg,
topstitched inseam pockets, a cuffed hem, belt loops and a zip fly. They also feature a contoured
waistband to give you the best possible fit.

If you’re a Seamwork member, you will be able to download another version of the pants that has an
exposed button fly. In this class, we’ll include a quick bonus video showing you how to construct the
button fly.

If you’re like many sewers, both beginner and experienced, the idea of making pants, especially very
detailed pants like Nolan, may make you a tiny bit nervous. Let me put your mind at ease- we pulled out
all of the stops to make these some of the simplest pants to construct as possible. This will be the
easiest zipper fly you’ve ever sewn. We’ll take you step by step for each part of the process. If sewing is
an adventure, let us be your guide.

What do you say we get started? In the next video, we’ll pick fabric and gather supplies.

You Can Sew Pants

Here’s what you’ll need for this class:

  • The Nolan pattern

  • All purpose sewing thread

  • A needle appropriate for your fabric

  • Optional topstitching thread if you would like to add topstitching details

  • A 7” coil or denim zipper, depending on your fabric choice

  • 3/8 yard of lightweight, fusible interfacing

  • A point turner


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