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Unread 07-06-2011, 03:23 PM   #1
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Piping on baseball pants?

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I'm working on a set of baseball uniforms that are not commercially available due to unusual colors. I have the pants in the right color, but they don't have any piping and I'm rather at a loss as to how to go about adding it (not a whole lot of sewing experience). Any suggestions at all would be greatly appreciated!

(And for anyone not overly familiar with baseball, piping refers to the vertical stripe down the sides. Visual.)

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Unread 07-06-2011, 04:01 PM   #2
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Piping is usually sewn directly into the side seam of the pants. Piping is pretty easy to find at any fabric store, so you should be able to get the color you want without too much difficulty.

How you attach it really depends on your level of comfort with sewing. I do a lot of sewing, so if it was me, I would take a seam ripper and open up the side seam of the pants (leaving the waistband and everything else alone), then pin the piping in place and sew the whole seam closed again. Maybe a 20 minute project for me, on a sewing machine.

If you don't have a sewing machine or if the idea of ripping open the seam of a pair of purchased pants scares the bejeezus out of you, your other options would be hand-sewing or hot gluing the piping on top of the existing seam. In either case, you would want to fold under the flat part of the piping (the part that you would sew into the seam, in the above example), so that just the round puffy part of the piping shows. Then just use matching thread and tack it down every few millimeters, so it doesn't pucker when the pants move. Or, similarly, fold under the flat part of the piping and use a hot glue gun to attach it to the seam. Maybe an hour worth of work that way, but not too difficult.
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Thank you so much!
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Unread 07-07-2011, 01:38 AM   #4
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I would just hand-sew on top of the seam. From the pictures, it looks like that's what was done, anyway.

You could use a matte fabric ribbon or make your own very thin bias tape (for this, you don't even need to cut on the bias).
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