Thursday, January 31, 2008

#2 SWAP......The Pretty Pants and the evil hong kong seams!!!

Here is the muslin I worked out for my SWAP pants... got the fitting right... now onto the real thing.... And then.................



What got into me???? What in the world made me want to try and do a hong kong finish on these pants??? Oh yeah... because Laura from


did her new SWAP pants with a beautiful underlining and a hong kong finish... and it was fabulous! So I thought,,, hey that looks amazing, I'll give it a try... so I looked it up and found several different articles on them... so here we go...


First off, let me say I have a great serger, a Babylock Imagine ... its not like anything I make has a really unfinished look inside. Sometimes I finish my in seams inside with wooley nylon.. in like a contrasting color... its pretty cute....

But still,,, had to do the hong king thing!!! Wow!!! cutting out the bias.... sewing on one side and then up another... so it took twice as long to make these pants!!!! All I can think the whole time is... why am I punishing myself!!!! Ahhh... live and learn...

I mean, the seams look good but I love my serger wooley nylon finishes!

What have we learned here???? That fancy inside finishes are not for everyone! I mean I feel like I've worked harder on the inside than the outside... and besides no one else will see this hard work!!! And it might be kind of rude to go around showing them...


Here are the finished pants... they're looking a little wrinkled in this pic. I'm happy with them ...they look very nice on.

Love the metallic copper stripes!!


I've pictured them laying on the next fabric to be part of the SWAP... it will be a long elegant cardigan. I'm going for a layered look here....


Moving right along....




1 comment:

Mary E said...

I feel your pain. I too am fine with my serged edges, BUT when I want that perfect finish I only use Seams Great. You only have to one stitching, because it folds under or on top as you go. I place mine underneath with some glue just to get it started, and fold it over the top, and it's real easy to keep it there due to it's light weight and natural bias cut. Just don't stretch it.