We hope you’ve been enjoying pants month, here and on the Sew News blog. Machine embroidery is one of the best ways to customize your pants creations. Today we’ll discuss 4 techniques for embroidery that are easily customized to a variety of pants patterns or for readymade pants that need updating.
Pockets are a natural spot for embellishment, particularly if you’re sewing them from scratch. Give pants a one-of-a-kind look with tone-one-tone embroidery along the pocket edge. These white linen pants were made up using the Oceanside Pants Pattern and feature a geometric border print for added interest and an upscale look. Making jeans? Customize your back patch pockets for a look that’s unique to you.
From a recent CME article, this technique features readymade pants but could easily be accomplished with from scratch pants. Trace the pants to create a template for the stitching, then use a variety of built-in stitch designs to create a border that matches. Stitch the pants, insert the zipper and restitch the inseam for a look that’s unmistakably high-end.
Jeans might be my very favorite think to embellish. The pair above, from our March/April 2016 issue, features designs stitched onto sheer overlay, then pieced and anchored onto readymade jeans. Inspiration for embellished jeans is everywhere these days: think knee patches, cutwork hems, custom back patch pockets, floral flairs, artful mending and more.
Nothing beats leggings for comfort and coverage but how to get a high-end look? With embroidery, of course! We loved these ankle-embellished leggings from our Sept/October 2017. While you can certainly use your own favorite pattern and stitch over the seam, it’s best to use one without a side seam, for maximum embroidery area. The pair above features our Dot-To-Dot leggings pattern.