Fancypants Sewing Pattern and Tutorial


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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 provided a link to an online calculator I created.


3 to 4 yards of 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


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
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Great pattern, but because I'm Rubenesque-ly built, the legs were WAY huge! I'll have to try the recommended reduction on the pattern. Anyway, fun stuff!
Aug 6, 2015 by Ronda Statz

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