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 Tailored the legs of a flightsuit (pic heavy)

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Tailored the legs of a flightsuit (pic heavy)
« on: Apr 05, 2017, 01:56 AM »
Being in the Mercs has taught me a lot of skills, and the newest addition to my toolbelt is sewing.  I was recently given a great beginner sewing machine, and I wasted no time learning how to use it.  As I am slowly replacing parts in my kit to go from v1 to v2, I needed to bring in the legs of my flightsuit (Dickies coveralls).  But why waste money when this is one of the easiest alterations to make?

I followed the tutorial over at The Daily Sew and I am very pleased with the results. 

Before:





Notice how baggy it is around the legs?  That wouldn't fly, especially if I was going for the classic Jango look:



So, let's get started.


Preliminary pinning of the excess fabric


Sitting down to make sure I left myself enough room


Straightened out the pins and drew the stitching line


Stitched


This baby isn't going to win any straight line awards, but that just shows that you don't have to be an expert or a professional to do something like this.






Folded the suit in half and traced the stitching line to the other leg.






I then realized that I would have to rip open some seams and remove the cargo pockets.  I knew the butt pockets would have to go eventually, but I didn't think I'd have to do it tonight.


After stitching the second leg and testing the fit, I trimmed the excess fabric.




Seams pressed open then to one side.




I don't have an overlocker, but a simple zigzag stitch will help prevent the fabric from raveling.

Finished product:







This was a super easy beginner project, and now I'm ready to star test fitting my leg plates.  But that'll have to wait.  I hope this helps anyone who is too intimidated to try sewing or who thinks only professionals can do this stuff.

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Re: Tailored the legs of a flightsuit (pic heavy)
« Reply #1 on: Apr 07, 2017, 08:29 PM »
Nicely done!  And it's a very helpful tutorial.  Thanks, vod.

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Re: Tailored the legs of a flightsuit (pic heavy)
« Reply #2 on: Apr 07, 2017, 11:22 PM »
Happy to help.  Hopefully this will help anyone with access to a sewing machine avoid having to pay $20 or $30 for alterations.

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