I used some amazing mint laser-cut fabric that I got at Joann’s Black Friday sale last year and some matching mint satin for lining. I love the color mint. This fabric was easy to work with, and the satin was easy to work with; it’s always kind of a surprise working with easy wovens after working with knits all the time. Don’t get me wrong, knits are still my favorite and forever will be, but sometimes it’s nice to work with wovens now and again.
I didn’t use a pattern, I just kind of winged it. I used a yard and a half of fabric and cut it half lengthwise. I made a straight waistband and then pleated the fabric to make it fit. It’s good to know how to stitch in the ditch for a smooth and flat waistband. I had to redo the pleats a couple of times to get them all evenly spaced. I find it easier to fold the pleats until they are right instead of trying to figure out the math of them. I always mess up the math somewhere have to redo it anyway. I did French seams throughout so it looks pretty inside and outside. I used an invisible zipper on the back because they are the easiest to install for me. I love invisible zippers because I can sew an invisible zipper without an invisible zipper foot. I did a rolled hem without a rolled hem foot at the bottom and left the laser-cut overlay 2″ longer for a nice look. You can also sew an invisible zipper with an invisible zipper foot.
My only issue I’ve found with this fabric so far is that is that either my kids are poking their fingers in the holes or it sometimes gets caught on corners, drawer pulls, etc. It’s a little annoying, but the fabric has held up so I don’t think it’ll be that big of a deal.
If you ever break a zipper here’s how to fix a zipper if the pull came off. This sewing trick works for invisible zippers, separating zippers, and regular zippers. You can also learn how to sew a zipper.