24 Jan 2024 • • by Amy

Sewing Hacks for the Onyx Pants

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The Onyx Pant is our January 2024 pattern for Crew and it's a super versatile and elevated wardrobe basic that we don't want to take off! Somewhere between a legging, slim trousers and a pair of sweats, these knit pants can look super polished but (don't tell anyone) they are the most comfortable thing you could put on your lower body. Since we need to make MULTIPLES, we are exploring all the ways you can hack this pattern to get the most looks. Seriously, you're gonna want more than one...

Stirrup Pants

If you grew up in the 80s you might be having a visceral reaction to this idea, but stirrup pants are back baby, and showing up everywhere. Beyond fashion, they also have a really practical application. If you are planning on making a pair for tucking into tall boots (like a classic riding pant), stirrups help keep the legs in place and not rubbing weirdly in your boots. To accomplish this, you may need to narrow down the leg so they fit tightly on your calf. For a quick stirrup, sew a one-inch piece of braided elastic to either side of your hemmed pants. For a built-in stirrup, you'll have to do a little pattern magic by extending the hem and then narrowing it as it wraps around your feet. To finish, just turn the raw edge under and topstitch with a stretchy zig-zag stitch.

High-Waisted Bike Shorts

Onyx makes a great pair of high-waisted shorts! If it's warm where you are, or you plan on making these for working out (which we highly recommend) all you need to do is leave the legs off! Determine the length you want your shorts and add 2 inches for the hem. If you want a super tight bikeshort you may want to consider sizing down one size.

Split Hem Leggings

We've seen this split hem legging trend everywhere and this pattern is a great place to try it out. You can add the slit to any of the four seams on Onyx: in the middle on the front or back, or on the side seam or inseam. All you need to do is stop sewing where you want your split to begin and then finish each side of the seam separately by folding it under and topstitching. Make sure to add a little bartack at the top of the split to keep it from opening further.

Pin Tuck Trousers

We had a raging argument during pattern development about whether or not to make the front seam a pintuck... the topstitched seam won out but you can easily make this happen on your own! All you need to do is align the center front and center side legs along the center front seam (you may need to draw in the seam allowances to match them up). Now split them apart 1/4" (6 mm) (the total width of the pin tuck) and cut out the front leg as one piece. Sew a 1/8" (3 mm) wide pintuck down the front of the left and you're done! Just note this can only be done to the front leg as the back leg is heavily shaped along the back seam.

Add Pockets!

We designed Onyx without pockets for a sleek look but if you want to add them, it couldn't be easier. From slanted front patch pockets to a zippered cargo pocket on the side of the leg, there are so many ways to add storage space to these pants. Stay tuned for some tutorials coming up with some different designs you could try out!

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