Wide Leg Pants
I did it! I did it! I made pants! Oddly enough, I’ve never done that before. Well, besides PJ’s in junior high. But that’s beside the point. I had this left over navy blue knit that I was trying to figure out what to do with. I wanted to stay away from doing a dress because I have 3 other navy blue dresses (don’t judge me!). So, while I was flipping through my sketch book for ideas, I came across this one for wide leg pants. I figured “Why not?” The fabric is a little thinner than I would have liked, but I did it anyways. I decided instead of going with the almost bell-bottom like shape in the sketch, I’d go a little wider like these form Rag and Bone.
I started off with this pattern for knits:
Here are the adjustments I made to take the look from PJ pants, to knit trousers.
1. Cut the front and back out as usual.
2. Cut pockets in 3 steps.
2a. Cut front of pants like so
2b. Trace the pocket line, and part of the pant, connect and round the corner (This is the pocket front)
2c. Trace the outline of the original pant and the bottom of the pocket. (This is the pocket back)
3. With right sides together, sew pocket front to pant front. Trim seam, press and turn.
4. Top stitch seam if desired. I used a double stitch like they do on denim.
5. With right sides together, sew pocket front to pocket back. Trim seam, but do not turn
6. Sew down top and side openings with a stay stitch.
Then instead of having a small, rolled elastic waist, I added a wider waist band that I added on as a separate piece. It’s super easy
1. Cut 2 inch strip of elastic the length of your waist minus 1”
2. Cut strip of fabric to the length of your waist, by 5” wide
3. Sew ends of fabric strip together
4. Fold fabric in half, wrong sides together. You’ll probably want to pin the bottom (open) edge together so it doesn’t roll.
5. Pin fabric strip to pants, Sew, but leave a 2-3” opening in the back
**Here’s where you can also add belt loops if you want. I think it makes them look more like “real pants”**
6. Feed your elastic through the opening into the waist band.
7. Once all the way through, sew elastic closed. Then sew the opening closed.