How to Cut Pant Legs (or how not to end up with two left legs)

How to cut your pant pattern, so you don't have 2 left legs

It’s the age old issue, two left (or right) legs. Almost all of us have been there at least once. So how do you avoid this?

When you’re cutting out pant legs you will see different markings on the actual pattern pieces depending on the designer or pattern company. It may say “Cut 2” or “Cut 2 Mirror”.

In pattern pieces where you have a left and right, like pant legs, the “cut 2” implies mirrored. In Indie patterns you are more likely to see a note dictating in some way that the pattern piece is mirrored.

How do I “Cut 2 Mirror”?

You have two options. (disclaimer here I’m not actually cutting so I have wrinkles that would need to be smoothed out and off-grain issues to deal with that I’m not going to dive into in this post)

Option 1 : The Long Way

Lay your fabric out in a single layer. You can put your pattern piece on either the wrong or right side, but be consistent. If you lay your pattern on the wrong side in step one, lay it on the wrong side in step 2.

Cut out one leg.

How to cut your pant pattern, so you don't have 2 left legs

Flip your pattern piece. Now the printing side will be facing down. Cut your second leg.

How to cut your pant pattern, so you don't have 2 left legs

Option 2 : The Short Way

Fold your fabric in half. You may fold right sides together or wrong sides together just be consistent as you cut all your pieces.

How to cut your pant pattern, so you don't have 2 left legs

Lay your piece on the fabric. Cut out your leg, you will be cutting through two layers of fabric. Now you have a right leg and a left leg. Two mirrored pieces.

 

Happy Sewing,

Rachel

 

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