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Tailored Trouser Construction - Sewing Side Slant Pockets

My first step in this week's Live session was to share some sewing-technique and steps differences between Jeans, Sportswear trousers and Tailored trousers, following a small chat and update on Draping Society. Then I continued with showing cutting pattern pieces with my fabric and interfacing choices.

In this session, I demonstrated how to prepare cut fabric pieces and overlocking the edges.

I decided to add a simple Slant Pocket pattern and sewing technique, since the Slant Pocket with facing and pocket lining can be a little confusing for beginners and intermediate sewists

In the next session, I will construct the other side pocket with the pocket opening facing and the pocket bag lining, along with front fly zipper.

Demonstrated steps:
- Brief explanation of the constructing step differences between tailored trousers and jeans
- A brief on the fabrics, materials, and interfacing I used to construct my trousers
- Drafting easy Front Slant Pocket pattern and how to cut and prepare the fabric
- Finish the edges by overlocking to prevent fraying
- Sewing and constructing the easy Slant Pocket
- Attach the finished pocket to the trouser front pattern piece
- Secure the pocket opening and side seams

Question: Can you recommend a fabric for trousers that balances quality and ease of sewing?
Answer: Look for medium-weight fabrics with a slight stretch. They offer both comfort and durability, ideal for trousers. If you decide to use woolen fabrics, make sure they are suitable for suiting and trousers.

Question: How can we prevent fraying in delicate fabrics during sewing?
Answer: I suggest using a serger or overlock machine to clean the edges. This not only prevents fraying but also gives your garment a professional finish. For extra fine finishing that we can see in high-end garments, edged mostly covered with silk bias bindings, or french seams. But this is not always ideal. We also can see fully or half lined trousers. This is a subject we can later discuss or do.

Question: Is it necessary to interface cut pieces of the trouser?
Answer: Not every part on every fabric, some fabrics needs interfacing some not like denims, but interfacing is crucial for areas like the waistband and zipper fly or pocket facings for added structure and durability to most of woven fashion fabrics.

Question: What's the best approach for beginners tackling their first trouser project?
Answer: Start with a simple pattern and avoid complex details like intricate pockets, waistbands or details. Choose a forgiving fabric and take your time with each step.

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