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EMERSON PRINTED PATTERN + NEW HIGH RISE OPTION

October 4, 2018

Today the Emerson Pant and Short was rereleased as a paper pattern in addition to the original mid rise fit. The pattern is also now available as both a paper and a pdf pattern depending on your preference.

I have always loved the Emerson pattern because it is such a beginner friendly option for a pant pattern. It was designed to pair with the Ogden cami, and now that there is a high rise option, it pairs even better for a faux jumpsuit look.

The pattern now includes four views to accomodate the preferences of shorts or crop pants and both waist height options. The original mid rise option hits a couple of inches below the waist with a slightly curved front waistband and comfortable elastic back waistband. The new high rise option hits at the natural waist with a straight front waistband and the same elastic back waistband.

If you have bought the Emerson pattern in the past, you will receive an email sometime today with the updated pdf pattern. If you do not get the email by tomorrow, feel free to email us at contact@truebias.com with your proof of purchase and we can get it for you.

The PDF version of the pattern is discounted by 20% for the launch through this Monday October 8th, no code needed. Let us know if you have any questions.

I hope you are as excited as I am about this.

SEWING FOR KIDS TUTORIALS

EMERSON PANT HACK

June 13, 2017

As much as I love the Emerson pattern as shorts and crop pants, it works really great as a full length pant as well. And with just a few easy hacks it’s really simple to do. The best part of it is that when my daughter gets too tall for these I can just hem them into the original length of crop pants or shorts to get more wear out of them. The pants above are just a simple wide length pant, which my daughter loves. I used a zebra print crepe fabric that you can find here. It’s a fun print and the fact that the fabric has great drape really works well for the wide leg style.

And the pants above are more of a genie style by adding elastic to the ankle. I think they turned out really fun in this denim chambray, although I think next time I will try them in something softer for a more subtle affect.

You are going to need to cut your pant leg pattern pieces longer than the original crop pants. For my daughter I added about 8 inches which included the 1 inch for the elastic, 1/4″ for turn under, and 1/4″ for wiggle room. (So that’s 1 1/2″ for the elastic casing and 6 1/2″ for length.

For both styles, after sewing up the pattern as instruction except for the hem, you are going to turn your pants inside out. Press the bottom up by 1/4″

Now press the whole thing up by about 1 1/4″. If you are making the wide leg pant them just stitch along the fold now to finish the hem. If making the genie version, leave a 2 inch opening to insert the elastic.

If you are doing the genie pant, cut two pieces of elastic to the length desired (wrap it around your child’s ankle and add some for overlap and easy). Attach a safely pin to one end and insert the elastic through the opening.

Sew the two ends of the elastic together, stitch up the opening and you are done!

Your pants should look something like these. Let me know if you have any questions.

 

 

PATTERNMAKING SEWING SEWING FOR KIDS

INTRODUCING THE MINI EMERSON AND OGDEN PATTERNS

September 7, 2016

I am so excited to be showing you guys the Mini versions of both the Emerson and Ogden patterns today. I have to admit that these crop pants on little girls is my fav thing right now. Not only are they super comfy and good for transitioning to fall, but they are also different and unexpected and just cool. I’m obsessed and so is she.

Lets start with the Mini Emerson pattern. The construction is exactly like the women’s version. There are two views. View A is a wide leg crop pant that hits mid calf. It is great in mid weight fabrics such as linen, chambray, and even quilting cottons. It’s equally great is something lighterweight and flowy.

View B is a pair of shorts with an approximate 2 inch inseam. Just like the crop pants, they have front pleats, an elasticized back waistband and a flat front waistband. The pleats give a lot of fullness to the shorts and without the weight that the pants give, I recommend that the shorts be sewn up in something a little more light weight like rayon, double gauze, and lightweight linen.

The Ogden cami is a simple little pattern with a soft front V, and spaghetti straps over both shoulders. Unlike the women’s version, the kids version has a simple elastic back. This makes it easier to get on and off and move around in. It has a partial lining in the front to finish the neckline. It is best sewn up in lightweight woven fabrics like voile, lawn, double gauze, lightweight linen and rayon. Another plus is that it is an awesome stash buster as it takes minimal fabric. You can even do the lining out of another fabric if you just have a few scraps left over from another project.

I love the two of these pattern together. The simpleness of the Ogden cami is a great balance for the volume of the Emerson bottoms. Both patterns are very easy to sew up and good for beginners. The patterns cover sizes 2T to 10.

 

You can find both patterns, and more information about them, here. Use the code MINI20 for 20% one or both patterns through the end of the week (expiring Sunday 9/11 at midnight EST). Let me know if you have any more questions.

SEWALONG

EMERSON SEWALONG DAY 3

September 2, 2016

Welcome to Day 3 of the Emerson Sewalong. I am excited to simply finish up the waistband and hem today. It won’t take long. Let’s get started.

Step 16 – Keeping the waistband folded, pin the bottom of the waistband to the top edge of the shorts / pants with the right side of the outer waistband touching the right side of the shorts / pants. Match notches. Keep in mind that the front of the waistband is the one with the interfacing attached to it.

Step 17 – Starting at one large dot, stitch around the back of the shorts / pants until you reach the second dot. Leave the front part of the waistband unattached. Back stitch at both ends to secure.

Step 18 – Attach a safety pin to one side of your elastic (cut to specified length). Insert into the waistband at one dot, through the back part of the waistband, and out at the other dot. Be careful not to let the back end of the elastic slip into the waistband where you can’t access it. (I know this too well from experience.)

Step 19 – Adjust your elastic so that it starts and ends at each dot within the waistband. Pin securely in place.

(Tip – This is a good time to try on your shorts / pants and see if you need to adjust the length of your elastic. After the next step it will be a huge pain to do so.)

Step 20 – Finish stitching the front section of the waistband to the shorts / pants, leaving in the pins that are holding the elastic in place.

Step 21 – Press the seam allowance down and away from the waistband to keep it out of the way. On the front of the waistband, stitch in the ditch through all layers where the back and front waistbands meet, catching the elastic inside of the waistband so that it’s secure. Backstitch a few times to make sure it is secure. If you do it carefully, you will not even be able to see the stitching as it will hide in the seam.

Finish the seam allowance of your waistband in your desired manner and press down.

Edgestich just below the waistband to keep the seam allowance down and flat. This is an optional step but it helps to keep things tidy on the inside of the garment.

Step 22 – Hem the shorts / pants by folding the bottom up (wrong sides touching) by 1/4” and pressing.

Fold up again by 1“ for the shorts or 2” for the pants. Press and pin.

Edgestitch along the fold to finish the hem.

All done! I will post pictures of me wearing my Emersons once I can get some photos. Please tag your photos #emersoncroppants or #emersonshorts if you make and post them as I would love to see your versions.

SEWALONG

EMERSON SEWALONG DAY 2

September 1, 2016

Today is day 2 of the Emerson short and crop pant sewalong.  We are going to assemble the majority of the pants  and shorts and prep the waistband for tomorrow. Let’s dive in.

Step 8 – Pin one of the front shorts / pants to its coordinating back, right sides touching, along the outside and inner legs. Stitch.

Finish seam allowance in desired manner. I serged the seam allowances. Repeat for other leg. Press seam allowances open for inner leg (or to one side if you serged like I did) and to the back for the outer leg.

Step 9 – Put one leg (right side out) inside the other leg (wrong side out), lining up the crotch seams and notches. Pin and stitch.

Step 10 – Finish the crotch seam allowance in your desired manner, press seam allowance to one side.

Edgestitch the crotch seam on the right side of your shorts, catching the seam allowance underneath. This will keep the crotch seam out of the way and much more comfortable.

Step 11 – Make a bartack through all layers at the stress point where the bottom of the pocket meets the side seam. Here are my sewing machine settings for the stitch, but your preference may be a bit wider or longer zigzag.

The bartack should be about 1/2” long with 1/8” extending towards the back leg and the rest towards the front.

Step 12 – Take one front waistband and sew each narrow side to the narrow sides of one back waistband, right sides touching and matching notches, to form a ring.

Trim seam allowances to about 1/4” to reduce bulk and press open. Repeat with other waistband pieces.

Step 13 – With right sides touching, pin the tops (unnotched edge) of each ring together, matching seams.

Stitch. Trim seam allowance to about 1/4” to reduce bulk.

Step 14 – Press the seam allowance towards the inner waistband (the one without interfacing).

Understitch by stitching through the seam allowance and inner waistband about 1/8” from the seam. Although this is not a necessary step, it really helps keep the inner waistband front peaking out.

Step 15 – Fold the inner waistband towards the outer waistband, wrong sides touching. Match up the notches on the bottom edges of the waistband. Press the fold.

 

That is it for today. Now the waistband is ready to attach to the pants or shorts tomorrow and we finish them up. Can’t wait. Let me know if you have any questions.

You can find the pattern here.