Tai chi (double tie) pants from hippie wall hanging
Well that was easy. I used a tutorial from IndieTutes, an old wall hanging that was gonna be donated or tossed, and it only took one seam and 6 hems. Voila. Tai chi-worthy, double tie pants.
I laid out the cloth, smoothed it, then decided which way I wanted the stripes to run. As a bonus, I used one side of the cloth that was already hemmed to be one long hem of the pants. Sweet! My only regret is that I cut the width of the piece 2/3 of the waist measurement. I should have gone the full waist measurement for the width and then cut back if it was truly too wide.
Here’s where it might be confusing. When you’ve sewn your U together, the U becomes a saddle that you ride to wear the pants. By sewing the U, you have made a front with a seam in its middle and a back with a seam in its middle. In my case, my front has a black band on its top and down its sides, and also has vertical stripes. The back has horizontal patterns and a black stripe at its top, but no stripes running vertically. Get it?
Following the tutorial, put your waist drawstrings in a the tops of the front and back pieces. For me, that was along the black band. The vertical black and is a factory edge, so I didn’t need to hem it. I hemmed the other side of that piece and then hemmed the bottoms of the pieces. Then I was done.