There is no pant more comfortable than one that has been custom fit to your own particular curves. With just a few measurements and a little bit of math, you can have a pair of cozy and relaxing lounge pants or pajama bottoms in your favorite fabric.
These pants have been designed to have a feminine fit: close-fitting in the hips and bottom, with a wide luxurious straight leg. (Instructions are given for changing the silhouette if you prefer a tapered leg, or a looser fit in the seat.) Use the same pattern to make long pants, shorts, or a cropped length!
This tutorial uses plain English to walk you through the process of measuring yourself, translating those body measurements into pattern measurements, making a custom pattern, and finally sewing the pants. There’s no confusing sewing terminology, so it’s accessible to the beginner.
The project is suitable for motivated beginners. If you can sew a straight line and do a little basic math, then you can do this!
The pattern includes a printable worksheet to help you use your measurements to draft a custom pattern. If you would prefer to leave the math to someone else, I’ve created a calculator that you can use here.
More than just a simple sewing pattern, this ebook is like a mini-class. Each topic includes step-by-step instructions and photos where appropriate.
You will learn:
- How to measure yourself for elastic-waist pants
- How to calculate pattern measurements from your body measurements
- How to draft a pattern from your calculations
- How to indicate a variety of different pant lengths on a single pattern
- How to construct elastic-waist pants from your pattern
- How to make an elastic casing
- How to hem your pants
- How to adjust the pattern for a roomier hip area
- How to adjust the pattern to have a tapered leg
- How to adjust the pattern to have a narrower straight leg
- Resources to help you learn more
Tools and Materials
- 3 to 4 yards of 42-inch wide light-to-medium weight fabric -OR- a fun bed sheet from the thrift shop
- tape measure
- yard stick
- roll of tracing paper or newsprint paper
- sewing machine
- thread to coordinate with fabric
- 1/2-inch elastic