...Am I just old school - or is everyone who makes pants as serious about creases as I am???I love a razor sharp crease, especially in a pair of pants that I make for myself. Yet I can't figure out why it's easier to set the crease some of the time than it is others. I would think that it might have some to do with the grain line that the pants were cut on, but I think I'm pretty good at getting my pattern pieces laid out straight.
Well, while busy making a new pair of my TNT pants I happened upon some instructions on how to set the crease of during construction. Now, you may know about this already, but I didn't know that! I've told you before that what I "don't know" could fill a small reservoir; but I thank God for an insatiable hunger for knowledge. He just keeps on making it available to me.
|After darts are sewn in and pressed fold each front pant leg, and each back pant leg individually; steam press from hem to crouch curve.|
|I used my handy dandy pounder to set the crease while the fabric was still warm, and allowed each pant leg to sit still until it was cool. I'll be using this technique for all my pants from now on.|
|A portrait of the pressing tools I use to get a professional finish. My EXTRA large padded sleeve board, one of my hams, and a great pounder.|
|Here I'm using the sleeve board and ham to press open my side seam, and set the hip curve into the pants.|
|I called this picture "from sea to shiny sea" because I've use the board to press the entire inseam from one leg to the end of the other. I find that amazing.|
Sewing for yourself is so wonderful, there is always room for another adventure...