Copying my favorite pants for work

I've got these great white linen wide-leg pants.  They are old now, and a little worn, but SO comfy.  Nice and loose with a drawstring waist, they are great for the hot weather here and good to keep off the mosquitoes when eating out in the evening.  In fact they are so comfy that I wanted some just like them to wear to work – except smarter.

So Sew Easy:  Copying RTW Pants


So I made an attempt to copy them.  There are several tutorials on the internet about how to copy RTW to make your own patterns, and these loose straight leg trousers weren't too difficult.  Once I had them all laid out flat, the only difficulty was the crotch area, trying to get this flat to get the shape just right.  I never realised until now how different the front and back of the leg was in a pair of pants!



However I didn't want a drawstring waist for a pair of work trousers, so I made the front with a flat waistband, and then put elastic in a casing just across the back.  This way they still stretch enough to slide up over my hips, but look nice and smooth once on.  I used a remnant bin find again – a black with white pinstripe, so these only cost about $5.


Smart enough, but comfy elastic waist work trousers.  Love them.  Although once again the windy weather makes them look a little odd shaped!  It would have been nice to get a pic with the legs hanging properly, but my impatient photographer says this will do.  Hmm, maybe I need a new photographer, or a new husband.

So Sew Easy:  Copying RTW pants

Worn with one of my plain white t-shirts, from the Sewing with Knits course.  You can read about the t-shirts here.


Authored by: Deby at So Sew Easy


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Aren’t these supposed to have drawstrings? Can they be done with drawstrings instead of elastic?

Mayra Cecilia
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Of course, go for it 🙂

Work Pants
Work Pants

Looking very nice and pretty…

Angie -
Angie -

Those look so comfy, but still professional! I don’t know how to sew very well, but you are inspiring me to buy a sewing machine!


Those pants are great!
Thanks for sharing on Tutorial Thursdays.
I hope to see you again this week for some more amazing fun 🙂


Great work! Love the pinstripe fabric too.
Thanks so much for linking up over at Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party. Hope you’ll come back again on Saturday! Leigh Anne

Mary Beth @ Cupcakes and Crinoline

Such flattering pants ~ you did a great job on them.

Thanks so much for sharing at Project Inspire{d} ~ hugs, Mary Beth

Katie B. of
Katie B. of

Those look very comfortable! I have a beloved pair of yoga pants that I haven’t been able to find a replacement for. The thighs are so worn that they’re holey now. I’ll have to give copying them a try!

If you haven’t already, I’d love if you’d come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.


They really look good! Please share it on Creative Crafts Thursday,, and any of your favorite projects each and every week!


Great work! That’s a good deal!

Andi C.
Andi C.

They look great! I could use a pair of the white linen you copied those from – I’m just across the waves from you in Ft. Lauderdale, so I share the need for loose fitting comfy clothes! You are inspiring me too…if I can just sit down at my seeing machine now instead of my computer!


Love them. I really need to drag out my sewing machine. Maybe march is my month. Your projects are inspiring me.


looks great!!! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays @ Nap-Time Creations. So glad you stopped by! Emily

Amy mayen

Nice waistband! Good job. They do look comfy:)