Anatomy of Pants and How to Create a Pants Back YokeLearn the various sections of pants and how a back yoke can replace darts
In this anatomy of pants video, garment sewing expert Judith Neukam first reviews the seams and parts that make up the universally worn garment. She then discusses front zipper closures and three waist finishes found on pants.
Darts are another feature that help shape and fit pants to your body. There is an alternative to darts, however.
Add a back yoke
Judith explains how a pants back yoke eliminates the need for darts. She demonstrates how to create a pants back yoke from a pants pattern with darts. It requires moving the “dart value” and creating an additional pattern piece for the yoke.
Bonus: Sew opposing curves
Learn how to sew a seam that combines concave and convex curves for any garment in this Season 3 episode.
This tutorial on the anatomy of pants is one video in the comprehensive Teach Yourself to Sew series.
Teach Yourself to Sew
Judith, the series host, got her first taste of sewing when she took the free lessons that came with her mother’s sewing machine purchase. Judith was 9 at the time. Soon after, she was sewing her own clothes and feeding her passion for the craft. In the Teach Yourself to Sew series, Judith shares her enduring love of sewing and her invaluable years of sewing experience.
She starts with discussing the equipment and the essential sewing notions for anyone who sews. You’ll learn about shopping for fabrics, choosing patterns (including selecting the correct size), and planning the perfect pattern layout. From machine-sewing simple seams to inserting zippers and stitching buttonholes, Judith demonstrates the key steps to making a custom garment.
Discover methods for clean-finishing seam allowances and applying facings so all edges are neat. To add shape to garments, Judith explains how and why to sew darts, and how to gather fabric for volume. Other garment elements, such as sleeves, pockets, and elasticized waistbands, are shown in easy-to-follow video tutorials.
Advancing your skills
When you’re ready to challenge yourself further, tune in to Judith’s overview of couture garments and sewing techniques. Even if you never intend to become the next Coco Chanel, you’ll learn methods that add quality to your everyday wardrobe. Find out how to perfectly match stripes, plaids, and prints; baste seams; and insert underlinings and linings.
Finally, Judith shares the basics of pattern fitting and adjustment. Her method begins at the shoulders, ensuring the garment hangs properly. Follow along as Judith shows how to create a shoulder template that you can use again and again to adjust patterns before cutting the fabric. As a bonus, you’ll even learn how to create a custom dress form so you can fit garments on a body that truly represents your true body shape.