David Page Coffin

Pant Construction Techniques: In the Details

David Page Coffin
  • In-depth Instruction; over 211 mins
  • On-demand video access anytime
  • Bonus downloadable PDF resources
  • Access to class Q&A
Meet expert pant maker and former Threads editor David Page Coffin and learn more about the anatomy of a pair of pants and the details that you'll explore in this class. Davis shares the many couture and custom touches you can add for a high-end look and comfortable fit.
Begin with the easiest and most unobtrusive pocket, the in-seam pocket. Learn how to draft a cut-in facing for the pocket mouth, then secure and sew the layers of fashion fabric, facings and pocketing. David also shares insights on the perfect pocket shape.
A slash pocket allows for a more natural placement of the hand but requires a more elaborate facing and modification of your pattern pieces. David walks you through the drafting and sewing process. For added flair, the pocketing fabric can become piping at the pocket's edge.
Explore single- and double-welt pockets with David's guidance, for both the front and back of your pants. You'll learn how to create straight or curved welts that lie flush with your fabric and how to add button tabs or pocket flaps if desired.
David reviews the types of zipper insertions you might choose, depending on your waistband treatment and seam placement. Then learn his techniques for adding zip flies, with an optional zipper shield, on pants with a cut-on waistband or a separate waistband.
Learn about the varieties of waistband treatments you can choose, whether cut on or sewn on, with or without an extension. David demonstrates the properties of his favorite waistband lining -- Petersham ribbon -- and shows how to integrate it with the fly on both kinds of waistbands.
Belt loops and button tabs are design elements that you can easily experiment with and create using templates. David demonstrates how, then takes you on a journey of pant-making inspiration with a trunk show of vintage garments, including jodhpurs!
 
 
7 Lessons
3  hrs 31  mins

Elevate the quality and style of your casual, workaday and formal pants alongside fine-sewing expert David Page Coffin. Make success simple as David breaks down a variety of sophisticated construction techniques for both men’s and women’s pants. You’ll build confidence creating understated in-seam pockets, stylish slash pockets and refined single- and double-welt pockets. Then, learn top-notch techniques for flawless fly fronts and zipper installations. Move on to creating gorgeous cut-on or sewn-on waistband treatments and even learn to line a waistband with Petersham ribbon. Along the way, use the templates included with your class to customize any pattern with high-end details you want for pants you love.

David Page Coffin

David Page Coffin has been an editor at Threads magazine for 18 years. He's also the author of Shirtmaking: Developing Skills for Fine Sewing (Taunton Press, 1998), Making Trousers (Creative Publishing, 2009) and The Shirtmaking Workbook (Creative Publishing, 2015). David has also taught sewing and tailoring workshops throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

David Page Coffin

Bonus materials available after purchase