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Not skilled enough to sew your own pants? With this wide leg pants pattern you don’t need a lot of experience! These DIY wide leg pants are so simple to draft, cut and sew, perfect project for beginners!
Wide leg pants pattern
Wide leg pants are a great way to add some extra style and comfort into your wardrobe! But, they can be difficult to make if you don’t know what you’re doing. Don’t know how to make wide leg pants? Luckily for you, I have created this tutorial with easy step-by-step instructions so that anyone can create their own wide leg pants pattern and sew a fabulous pair! The best part is that these are super versatile – wear them with heels or flats, dress them up or down for any occasion. And they look great on everyone! No more wasting money on expensive pairs at the store when you can just make your own instead!
Ok, let me get this straight! I’m an absolute beginner when it comes to making trousers! I started working on this wide leg pants pattern having absolutely no idea how to make pants! Seriously! I never even had or tried to decipher a pattern for trousers and to be honest I’m not sure what got me to work on these DIY pants. I don’t feel like I’m meant to sew pants following a complicated pattern (and they all look like rocket science to me!)
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The only thing I know is that I’m in front of my big pile of fabric wondering when am I ever going to go through this pile, when this lovely fabric (that I cannot swear it’s satin but totally looks like it) in gray with floral pattern caught my attention. And I thought a pair of ladies wide leg pants with a loose fit and a nice flare would look so good in this light as a feather, flowy fabric!
How to sew wide leg trousers?
I didn’t have a wide leg pants pattern and I basically had no clue of how to make one! But after squeezing my brain for a couple of minutes I realized these are actually super easy pants to figure out!
To make my elastic waist wide leg pants pattern I decided to use a pair of wide leg pants I already had. But I wanted my new wide leg pants a lot larger so I made a super big pattern that is wider and longer than my original pants. So this easy peasy wide leg trousers tutorial doesn’t offer a pattern but teaches you how to make a DIY trousers pattern yourself. Which I think it’s best because your pattern will fit YOU perfectly!
If you don’t have a pair of wide legs pants, just use a straight one and make it larger, just like I did with this one. Not sure about the width? Leave some extra allowance and you can always make them larger if you don’t like the initial look.
Reasons to make yourself a pair of wide leg pants:
- These wide legs pants go great at the office if made of a more formal fabric, or at the beach when made of a light, flowy fabric. In fact, this pattern is great for every occasion and you only need to choose the right fabric to give them the desired look.
- This pattern also helps elongate your legs, so if you are shorter, this is perfect for you.
- How about leaving about half of the side seam open? You will have a bit of your calf showing for an extra-sexy look. You could even wear them for salsa or other latin-themed parties with a crop top and pair of elegant high heels.
- This project doesn’t require much sewing skills and it doesn’t have to be super precise because the pants are so big and drape so nicely that a little mistake won’t even get noticed. Bonus – it’s not time-consuming at all!
- These pants are so comfortable to wear and so light and look great on many body shapes, hiding some of those mid area flaws and making your legs look a mile long!
The reason I made this wide leg pants pattern so big is because I plan to wear these beauties at special events, holidays or/and New Year. So I wanted something with a dramatic look that will be a great pair to my high heels and my camisoles.
Mine are high-waist, but you can also make them low-waist if that makes you feel more comfortable. This way, they will be great as casual or beach attire, but I’m not sure about the office look. Either way, just make sure you don’t make them too low!
How to add variety to your wide leg trousers
- To make them look extra dramatic, you can go the extra mile and add a few gussets so that they look like a wide skirt. This requires some advanced sewing skills, though, so be careful if you’re a beginner.
- You can also achieve that salwar look by gathering the legs at the bottom with elastic or a cord passed through the hem. The advantage of a cord is that you can wear them either wide or gathered, so you can have two different looks.
- As this pattern is so versatile, you don’t need to make them long like mine. Mid-calf length or knee length for the wide leg culottes style also look nice, and it saves up some fabric! Also, just above the ankle is still trendy, but only goes well on taller people. You can use this pattern to make shorts as well, as you already have the template. (And maybe clean up the stash a bit?)
- If your geometry is good, try flaring the pattern to achieve a retro look. Remember those 70’s wide pants? They seem to be coming back in style, so why not give them a try?
- Depending on the style of your pants, you can either use elastic like I did, a waist tie, zippers, a button closure, a cord, a belt or a fancy sash to secure the pants at the waist. Add a wide waistband if your waist is a bit fuller and you fear you may get a muffin top.
Ready to make your own wide leg trouser pattern? If you’re a fan of the palazzo pants trend, this is the perfect project to make today!
Wide leg pants sewing pattern
- about 2 yards of fabric that is flowy and has a nice drape (like silk, chiffon, Georgette, rayon etc)
- pair of old wide leg pants
- fabric marker
- elastic that fits your waist
- matching thread
- sewing machine
- serger – optional
- pressing iron
How to make wide leg pants:
Note on the waistband: if you feel the way I constructed the waistband on this pants will make your waist look too bulky for you, use a wide elastic instead to make an elastic waistband. I love elastic waists, they’re so comfortable! Measure your waist and cut the elastic just about 1/2″ shorter than your waistline. Join the ends of the elastic with a zig zag stitch and when the pants are ready, attach the elastic to the top of the pants. Adjust the depth of the waist accordingly.
Or simply add some darts to the waistline, if you’re more experienced or an advanced beginner. Or you can add some decorative front or back pockets.
Note on the pockets: if you want to add pockets, make a seam on both sides of the trousers, after you’ve made and cut the pattern.
Drafting your pattern directly onto fabric
- For safety you can make the pattern pieces on a large piece of paper first and if all looks good then transfer to your fabric and cut. I felt like this is an easy project that I won’t mess up. So I trusted my guts and I worked directly onto fabric.
- Cut your fabric into two pieces lengthwise and place right sides together. Place a few pins to keep them in place if the fabric is very slippery.
- Fold both pieces in half.
- Place the old pants on the fabric, the long side of the pants aligned with the fold in fabric (in my case, the fold is on the right hand side; because I wanted to make the new pair a lot larger than the old ones, I placed my pants away from the fold)
- Mark around the bottom and sides using a fabric marker. Remove the pants, place a few pins inside the marked pattern if the fabric is slippery and cut the pattern out.
Sewing the leg pieces together
- Open the fabric at the fold (in my case to the right side) and your trousers now look like this. The crotches are to the right and left (the curved edges)
- Match the crotches. Pin together and sew down. I used my serger so I won’t have to finish the seam allowance later but if you don’t own one, sew a normal stitch then finish the seams with a zig zag stitch.
- Pinch the fabric in the middle at the top and bring the crotches to the middle so your pants will take the normal shape as illustrated below.
- Match the front and back crotch and pin.
- Pin the legs at the inside seams and sew down. I used my serger.
Finishing the pants
- Serge the top of the pants and the hems on legs. If you don’t have a serger fold the fabric inside twice.
- To finish the waist, make a casing for the elastic. Simply fold the serged top towards the inside of the pants. Then sew with a regular stitch, leaving a small opening to thread the elastic through.
- After inserting the elastic, sew the ends of the elastic together and close the opening in your casing with a regular stitch.
- To finish the hems, fold the hems inside and sew with a regular stitch.
- Give your pants a nice press and you’re ready to wear them! Enjoy!
I love to use my old clothes to make patterns and I suggest you do the same. This way, your wide leg pants pattern will fit perfectly! How awesome is that?
If you liked this tutorial I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below.
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