I hate harem pants with a passion. The droopy crotch and the baggy legs. And a long fitted cuffed bottom?! Guh, awful. They are one 1980′s techo-color print away from being McHammer pants. I will say, I had completely written off this trend as something I would never in my life try. That is until I ran into a tailored cousin of the harem pant: the peg-leg trouser.
Loose enough not to be tight to the skin, but tight enough not to look like you are sky diving. They are cuffed, but only slightly. I think I’m won over.
So instead of buying a pair, I made them from Vlad’s old Kenneth Cole pants. Thankfully, these pants fit my waist, so I didn’t have to adjust that at all. Tutorial Time!!!
1. Cut off 10.5″ of the pant leg
2. Re-contour the pant leg. I ended up taking in about 2.5″ to make a more tailored shape
3. Open the bottom seam on the outer side of the leg 3″. Finish this edge like so:
4. Measure your calf where you want the cuff to be.
5. Ruffle the bottom edge of the pant to match the measurement in step 4
6. Add 2.5″ to the measurement from step 4
7. Cut 4 rectangles 3.5″ x (measurement from step 6).
8. On the back side of 2 of the pieces, mark your rounded edge by measuring in 0.5″ from each side and drawing in a curve
9. On the other 2 rectangles, sew a stay stitch and 0.5″
10. Sew the pieces you drew on to your pant leg. You should have 2″ over hang on the front side of the leg. This will be how the cuff is closed later
11. Sew the remaining rectangles (the ones with the stay stitch) to the pieces already attached to the pant leg
12. Press and turn. Press the raw edge on the (now) inside portion of your cuff at the stay stitch. Now you will have a clean edge.
13. Pin the edge you just ironed down. This should cover up the raw edges from step 10
14. Top stitch
15. Add hook & eye closures and decorative buttons