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Instructions for the “Peony” sweatpants

BERNINA Fashion Looks – instructions for the “Peony” women’s sweatpants

The Fashion Looks collection comes from the imagination of Swiss designer Irène Münger and is inspired by the fabrics of English textile designer Kaffe Fassett. It’s the first sew-it-yourself fashion collection. The collection contains a whole range of patterns, including these casual women’s sweatpants, which I have sewn for you. 

The fashionable patterns from the Fashion Looks collection are available online in the inspiration shop.

To help you sew these sweatpants as easily as possible, I’ve provided you with a detailed tutorial. I’ll use plenty of pictures to show you how to sew your very own sweatpants. 

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You’ll need the following material for the sweatpants:

  • Approx. 1.5 m sweat fabric, 140 cm wide 
  • Approx. 0.7 m Kaffe Fassett fabric, 110 cm wide
  • Approx. 1 m elastic for the waistband, 3 cm wide
  • Approx. 0.7 m elastic for the cuffs, 5 cm wide

For the appliquéd shapes on the side:

  • Vlieseline R80 wadding (you can find care and application instructions here)
  • Stitch-n-tear embroidery backer 
  • Patterned cotton fabric, cut in 30° diagonals 

Preparation work/fabric cutting

The pattern is part of the BERNINA Fashion Looks collection: Peony sweatpants pattern

You can find all of the patterns here.

When printing the pattern, make sure that you do not make any size adjustments. You can check this with the control square on the pattern.

The pattern includes all seam and hem allowances.

You will need to cut out the following pattern pieces:

  • 2x opposite front pieces (piece 1a)
  • 2x opposite front pieces (piece 1b)
  • 2x opposite back pieces (piece 2)
  • 1x waistband in outer fabric (piece 3)
  • 1x waistband in Kaffe fabric (piece 3)
  • 1x elastic for waistband in desired length
  • 2x opposite cuffs (piece 4)
  • 2x elastics for cuffs in desired length 
  • 2x opposite pocket pouches (piece 6a)
  • 2x opposite pocket linings (piece 6b)

Sewing the sweatpants – let’s get started!

First, attach the pockets to the front piece 1b. To do this, place the pouches (6a) along the edges, right sides together, and sew them in place.

Now carefully iron them around the edge. If you like, you can also topstitch the edge.

Then place the lining pouches (6b) over the pocket pouches you just folded over and sew them in place around the curves (see image: Wonderclips).
Tip: Be careful not to sew the pouches to the pants.

To prevent anything from slipping during the next steps, I sew the pouches close to the edge at the top of the waistband and on the side of the pants with a few stitches.

Join the two side seams, right sides together, so that you can appliqué the geometric shapes afterwards.

I then topstitched these two seams with the walking foot #50.

I have already explained how to appliqué the geometric shapes in another Fashion Look tutorial. You can find the instructions here.

Now you can sew on the front pieces, right sides together. I also topstitched these seams from the right side.

Then join the front and back seams, right sides together.

Now you can imitate a zipper opening in the center front. First mark the center and pin it.

Now, with the pants “opened out”, place the flap underneath on the left side.

For the last step, topstitch the whole thing from the right side through all layers.

Now close the inner leg seam, right sides together.

Sewing on the waistband

I overlocked the waistband lining made of Kaffe fabric before sewing it on.

Sew the top edge of the waistband made of the outer fabric, right sides together, onto the waistband lining made of the Kaffe fabric.

Sew the other edge of the waistband (outer fabric) to the pants.

Sew the bottom long edge of the waistband lining to the pants. Leave a small piece open so that you can pull through the elastic (for your desired size) afterwards.

Sewing the cuffs

Close the cuffs, right sides together, on the short edge before sewing.

Divide the cuffs into 4 sections with clips before attaching evenly to the corresponding 4 sections of the hem, then sew in place on the pant legs. 

TIP: BERNINA includes elastic in the pattern for the cuffs. The finished version will then differ slightly from my description. 

Your sweatpants are finished!

I hope you found my tutorial for these sweatpants helpful and you enjoy making them!

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