Saturday, July 09, 2016

Straight pants with elastic

Hello Clouds
Today i will explain you how to make straight pants with elastic. Not a tailored ones, since a lot of people is requesting me to make simpler pants patterns.
This project is perfect for beginners and you can use the same patterns to make a pajama, loose pants with drawstrings instead of elastic, or even attach belt and zipper or buttons if you gather the waistline.
These pants are perfect to be worn under kurtas, tunics, or  any long top.

Here you have the link to the video tutorial with all the process step by step, including the making of the patterns the cutting of the pieces and stitching.
just click on the image

And for reference, in this post i will show you the step by step to make the patterns, remember is always better to make patterns on paper so you can save it to make more garments.

So, lets start:


Start drawing a 90 degrees angle and mark the following:
NUMBER 1: (1/4 hips contour)+ 0.5" (why hips and no waist? because we need loosing to insert the elastic, and it must be slightly bigger than the hips so you wont be tight when put it on)
NUMBER 2: Crotch length ( For this pants no need to be exact because is usually low, so measure it directly on the body as shown in the picture below, is up to you where you want it, in the video i used 10" for the pants i made, just dont measure going inside, only straight vertical) and DONT INCLUDE the waistband,belt or elastic.

NUMBER 3: Pant length, from waist, downwards as much as you want,for long pants reach the ankle. But IMPORTANT: dont consider the waistband or belt or elastic here. we will add it later when cutting the fabric.

NUMBER 4: Trace a vertical line from the point 1
NUMBER 4a: Trace an horizontal line from the point 2 reaching the line 4
NUMBER 5: From the corner to the point 1,mark half of the segment and trace a vertical line to get the central line of your pant
NUMBERS 6 and 6´: From the point 3 trace an horizontal line. Decide the bottom width of your pant, (bottom leg width) and mark half of this measurement to every side of the central line. I wanted to be 8" so  i marked 4" to every side of the central line.

NUMBER 7: extend the line 4a to the left 1.5" and mark the point 7
NUMBER 8: trace the crotch curve as shown

Trace lines from 2 to 6´ , and from 7 to 6.
OPTIONAL: if you want your pant even more straight, trace the line 7 - 6 making a curve as shown.

And there you have the front pattern for your pants (red line in the right)


NUMBER 9: From the left corner, mark 3 cm in the horizontal (waistline)
NUMBER 10: From the point 9 mark 3 cm upwards.
NUMBER 11: From the point 7 ( crotch corner) mark 3 cm out, to the left,and then from this point mark 1 cm downwards.
RIGHT IMAGE: Join the point 11 and 10 tracing the crotch curve as shown.
From the point 10 trace a line passing on the right corner of the waistline and extend it to have the same measurement than the front waistline, then join with the hips point and continue tracing the contour of the pattern.
Add 1 cm extra in the inner leg line and in the side leg line also as shown.


To cut and stitch, follow the video tutorial mentioned above, or here you have the link also:

If you have any doubt tell me in a comment in this post.

Happy stitches ! 


  1. This is the best tutori

  2. Could this pattern be used for pajama bottoms?

    1. yes, same process only the type of fabric make the difference :)

  3. Thank you so much! Just what I needed to make a straight pant for the outfit I was gifted for a wedding.

  4. Thanks for sharing your videos.... You made me perfect... thankuuu so much.... please tell me how I cut my pant with elastic on back side and with belt from the front side

  5. Perfect. Very detailed and very useful. Congratulations and thank you for your sharing

  6. Mam,why we take 1cm for back inner and side? can I skip it?

  7. Thank you soo much, since long time I was looking the same thing what I need.
    really appreciate it, today all the confusions has been cleared.