And since I mentioned it in my last post, here is a little pictogram on how I attach elastic to pants. I insert the invisible zipper first and leave about 3/8" at the top edge where I will attach seam binding. Cut a piece of elastic about 2 inches shorter than the waist of the garment. Attach each end to the back side of the zipper:
Yes, it will hang like a big ole loop until you attach the binding. I had leftover bias tape from my plaid bermuda shorts, so I used that. I attached the seam binding like normal, then folded it over to cover the elastic. The elastic is still hanging loose - do not catch the elastic in the seam as you sew. Half way through, you need to stop and yank the elastic through so the gathering is out of your way. I feel my way with my fingers. As long as I can feel the edge of the elastic, I sew just to the left of it.
Voila- simple clean finish for simple, hard-wearing pants. It doesn't show well, but this is a very nice beefy blend of linen and rayon. I have enough left to make a skirt, which is underway.
I REALLY really hope I don't buy a lot of fabric tomorrow. I am doing so well in sewing down what I have. I have plenty, I really do. Now if some magic bunny wants to fix my internet I will be very happy. I am waiting for Comcast to make things right!
Happy Sewing and See You in Baltimore!