Wide Leg Pants Pattern – How To Elongate Your Figure

wide leg pants patternWide leg pants are sometimes called Palazzo pants although the designs can vary a little.  This wide leg pants pattern is sure to give you a long and elegant look.  At least that's what I am told everytime I wear these pants.

I am currently in the southern hemisphere.  The days are nice and warm but the nights are so cool that its impossible to wear shorts (comfortably and without shivering uncontrollably).  It is mid-autumn and from my window, the leaves are starting to fall and change color.  The sun is glorious and I still refuse to wear the dreaded black color that most people here prefer in winter.

To take advantage of the warm daylight sun, I went to the market and bought some jacquard knit.  I am determined to wear lighter colors until the harsh cold of winter will force me to put some jeans on.  You may recognize one of the fabrics in my current stash from the carpet tote bag project.

If you have seen my Instagram lately you would know that I have made these wide legs pants before, about a couple of months back.  In fact, I have made three so far one in jacquard knit, one in grey wool, and another in blue polka-dotted crepe fabric.

palazzo pants

These wide leg pants are not as wide as the old 1970's ones but are more similar to the classic width from the 1930's. This makes a great pairing with a tucked in blouse, a short tank top or my personal favorite — a body suit.

I have added my favorite type of pockets, the slanted pockets. Stylish and useful.

Also, they have a waistband that gently hugs you, without making the dreaded muffin top.

 

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And finally, they can be made long enough to fall just at the edge of your shoes without dragging on the floor which I will show you how to lengthen them in a separate tutorial.

Noticed though the current trend is to wear them around your ankle or a bit shorter which is perfect for the tall gal. I am not in that group and longer the better.

This is probably an advanced beginner or intermediate project.  I hope you give it a try.

Note: Please read all the instructions before you attempt this project.  The pants are petite friendly and if you are tall follow this tutorial on how to lengthen any pants pattern.

For stretched Knits only.

Materials

  • 2 to 2.5 yards of 60″ jacquard knit, double knit, bamboo or linen/cotton knit
  • Elastic for waistband (optional)
  • Thread to match

Tools

  • A jersey or ballpoint needle
  • Sharp scissors or Rotary cutter
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine with zigzag stitching
  • An overlocker is ideal but not essential

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This wide leg pattern is very functional and the look will change depending on the fabric you use.

Use jacquard knit or a pique knit for a tailored look.  Stretchable knit and bamboo for a summer look.

Pattern download

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You can download the pattern for these Wide Leg Pants from our account at Craftsy.

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Finished Garment Measurements

Size High Hips Hips Hem Width
6 31″ 52″ 58″
8 32″ 53″ 59″
10 34″ 54″ 61″
12 35.5″ 55.5″ 62.5″
14 37″ 57″ 64″
16 38.5″ 58.5″ 65.5″
18 40″ 60″ 70″
20 42″ 62″ 72″

Pattern Layout for the wide leg pants pattern

Printing Instructions

Use the latest version of Adobe Reader, this is the only program you will need and we are not asking you to download any other program nor pay for additional programs.

Print the pattern for the carpet tote bag on Actual Size and in a Landscape format.

Cutting Instructions

It is imperative that you maintain a strict grainline, or the pants will not fall the way they should.

Sewing Instructions: Step One

We are going to start by sewing the slanted pockets.

The following illustration is to show you when I talk about print side up or down.

Place the front of the pants print side up.  Align the slanted side of the front of the pocket with the slanted side of the front of the pants and sew at 3/8″.

Turn the leg print side down and iron the seam allowance towards the pocket. 

Turn the pocket right side in and topstitch 3/8″ from the edge along the opening of the pocket, use a medium stitch.

Repeat on the other leg.

For the next step, you will need the front of the pants print side down and the back of the pocket. Place the back of the pocket on top of the front of the pants aligning it with the other side of the pocket.  Pin the two sides of the pockets and sew at 3/8″.  Do not sew the sides of the pants yet, this step will be done when we joining the back with the front of this wide leg pants.

Turn the pockets and topstitch the slanted line.

Step Two

Joint both front pieces print sides together and sew the crotch on the front.

Sew the crotch at the back.

Step Three

Simply sew the sides and inner legs at 3/8″.

Zigzag the seam allowances before you continue to the next step.

Step Four

In this step, we will be making the waistband.  The waistband is not included in this wide leg pants pattern so we will have to draft it ourselves.

Simply measure the waistline of the pants and draft a rectangle that is 2 1/4″ less than the waist of the pants.  You will find that a 2″ subtraction is enough to make the waistband fall on your hips just nice.

Cut the waistband 4 3/4″ X waist measurement of pants minus 2 1/4″. Before you cut the fabric find a wide elastic and try the measurement you have come up with and make sure it is not too tight nor too loose.  You want just the right hug around your waist to avoid any lumps or bulges.  Let me clarify you will not be using the elastic on the waistband.   The elastic is just so you can see how the waistband is going to look around your hips.

A too tight waist will ruin your look, a too loose waist will make you uncomfortable thinking the pants will fall or there is going to be a gap on your back.

Sew the waistband at 3/8″.  Fold it in half, so the band will be doubled.  Mark the front, back and side seams of the waistband.   Place the seam to the back and thread the pants through the band.  Pin front, back, and side seams and stretch the band between this pins as you sew.

Finally, zigzag the hem.  Fold the hem 1″ and stitch.

Then iron the pants, find some fancy sneakers, a hat and a tank top and go for a walk.  It's a lovely day! At least in my neck of the woods.

Hope you enjoyed this pair of wide-leg pants. I thought they would be fun to make since people are always asking me; where did you get them? Then I say that I made them myself.  I'm sure you all know what a great feeling it is to have one of your creations appreciated by others.  I am bragging just a bit, but hey! I really love these pants they can make anyone feel taller, cooler and younger… what else can  I ask for?

Check back next week when I wil be showing you how to lengthen this pants and add stripes to the sides.

Until Next Time! Happy Sewing!

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131 Responses to Wide Leg Pants Pattern – How To Elongate Your Figure

  1. elizabeth rose says:

    I would love to see this pattern in a normal material not a stretch. Looks such a nice pant. Is it possible for you to do that? Please Gahanny

  2. Zsuzsanna says:

    Hi Mayra, does this pattern work with viscose fabric? Thank you for your answer. Have a nice day 🙂

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      It could but you need to add a zipper to it. The pattern has been drafted for knit fabrics so proceed with caution when making it without the stretch.

  3. Sarah Martin says:

    Hi Mayra, would an ITY knit work for these? I found a really cute border print ITY that I think would look cute.

  4. FruityLoops says:

    OMG I’m SUCH a dufus!!! I totally missed that the pattern was for knit fabrics and wondered why I couldn’t get them past my thighs even though I cut the right size. The plus with wide leg trousers is that hopefully all the folds and such will hide the fact that I’m having to add a large panel to each side, lol, I can’t believe I missed it!!! 😮

    Here's my pic:

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      How did your panel end up looking?

      • FruityLoops says:

        I think it came out great in the end, because it’s a patterned fabric you can’t easily see the added panels on the side, the only downside is that the pockets are further forward because of them but it’s not a biggy. Also had to make the waistband bigger to account for the no stretch. Will defo read twice next time before I cut tho!!!

        Here's my pic:

  5. Amanda says:

    Hi, it says cut two of each leg piece. Do I cut mirrors of each or two exact same of each?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      HI, Amanda fold the fabric in half that way you will have two pieces that will correspond to each leg.

  6. Fran says:

    Hi Myra, thanks for your pattern, I finally downloaded the pattern, and i am now preparing my fabric. I will send you Picts when I have completed my long awaited pants.

    Here's my pic:

  7. Lucy says:

    How can I adapt this pattern for using viscose fabric? Is it possible to put an invisible zip in and would you recommend the back or the side seams? Many thanks! This is such a great pattern, can’t wait to I wear these for summer!

  8. Laura says:

    Hi!
    I am 40 inches at my hips. The smallest finished garment hip size is 52 inches. That is 12 inches ease! Are the sizes really big or am I missing something?
    According to these charts I am around a size 10: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._standard_clothing_size
    But that gives me 14 inches ease…

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Laura, I have designed the pants for an hourglass or pear shape figure. If you are a rectangle or Triangle shape but less than 38 inches on the hip you can wear this pants. In order for the pants to fall smoothly on the body, they need to flare out from the hips to the legs, so when you move the pants move with you. Check out Michele’s pants below in the comments, that is exactly what they are supposed to look like. Kind Regards,

  9. Leslie says:

    I had one more comment I also had problems with the lines and boxes matching up. I printed it twice 2 different ways the box sizing was always correct.
    `i manages to piece it together trimming more where needed.
    Leslie

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Not sure why you are having this problem, the pattern has been downloaded close to 1000 times and just 2 people have this problem. Have you been able to make the pants yet?

      • FruityLoops says:

        I have to say I always have this problem also (I’m in the UK so use A4), I think it’s something to do with the margins (perhaps the default margins for A4) but I’m unable to change them in Adobe reader. I’ve never actually commented before about it though because I usually manage to eventually work out where I’m supposed to tape it thankfully!

        Here's my pic:

        • FruityLoops says:

          Sorry another case of my thinking the photo was like icon rather than big pic, oopsy, clearly I need to stop commenting today!!! Pls feel free to delete pic or comment or both, lol.

        • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

          Thanks for the comment I am going to have to think of something to do here because I also use A4 where I am.

  10. Leslie says:

    Hi, i have a heavy linen fabric will this be ok to make these pants with

  11. Vallery W Dietrich says:

    Hi Mayra, I have some slinky fabric that is 96% polyester and 4% spandex. Would this be suitable to use for this pattern? If so, are there any adjustments I should make? I am petite size.

    Thank you,
    Vallery

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Vallery, it is possible, but not easy to do it, because, it is an advanced pattern fitting skill and to be perfectly direct with you I would have to make a video and hire a model in order to show you how to do it. This is one of the most asked questions when working with knits and I should write an article about it. But, if you still would like a challenge make a muslin first so you do not ruin your fabric. The first thing you need to realize is that you will need a zipper either at the sides or at the back since 4% stretch is not enough to pull pants up your hips to hang at your waist. I recommend one invisible one at the back. Work with the finish measurements of the pattern to find the best size to fit your body, allow 2cm of ease if you like your pants fitted at the waist more if you prefer more room. You will need to cut the waistband measuring your finished pants. I think the work is worth it if you are looking for a pair of pants that you can make in many different prints. Let me know if you need any further help. Love to see a picture.

  12. Virginia O'Malley says:

    Where on the waist do these pants come up to? Is it higher than the belly button, or do these sit at the hips like so many pants they’re selling these days? I stopped buying pants for that reason.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Without the waistband, they should fall right around or under your belly button, of course, this will depend on your crotch measurement. Then if you follow my instructions they will be 2″ higher. You can make a bigger waistband if you like.

  13. Michele Lastovica says:

    First, I love the finished product. However, I had some real problems with fit. I had to add 5″ of length (I’m 5’10”). My high hip measurement is 39″, so I chose to cut out size 18 (even though I wear size 10-12 ready made) because the finished sz 18 high hip was 40″. Everything went smoothly until the waistband.

    I measured the waistline of the pant and got 43 1/4. I subtracted 2 1/4″ to get 41″. I did the elastic measurement and it was too big. I went down another inch to 40″, figuring that would be just right on my high hip. I cut my fabric 4 3/4″ x 40″. I sewed the waistband on, but had to do very little pulling to make it fit, which I found odd. I put them on, they fell off. I had at least 4″ of gap in the back.

    I ripped out the waistband and measured in 2″ on each side to make it 4″ smaller. I sewed the waistband on a second time, this time pulling a little to fit in on. I put them on and I STILL had another 2-3″ gap in the back. Instead of pulling off the entire waistband, I ripped out just enough to take in 2″ more, and I also had to taper the back seam in like a dart because it wasn’t fitting snugly.

    I have intermediate-experienced sewing ability, so I’d love some input on what might have happened. Did I choose the wrong size? Maybe I didn’t cut out the right size? Since the sizes are not marked on the pattern pieces and I didn’t see anywhere in the instructions how to tell what size the colors were, I measured to see which piece was the largest and ended up cutting the green line for sz. 18. The back of the pants seem to pull down too, like the area between the waist and crotch isn’t long enough.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      First, of all congratulations on persisting with the project, most people will give up and blame the pattern.
      Second, you are not alone in finding out the fitting pants is really tricky.
      Third, yes you choose a size that is not yours, way too big. However, it looks to me you have a very small waist in comparison with your hips. (Lucky you, you are a goddess:) There are several possibilities of what might have happened and the first one comes to my mind is that yes a. the size was wrong b. the fabric stretched which brings me to the question what fabric did you use? c. your bottom measurement needs crotch adjustment when it comes to fitting pants.
      Without real measurements and pictures, it is impossible for me to say what you should do next time you make this pants but it seems, either way, you need to adjust the pattern to your own body. Just remember that it is easier to enlarge a pattern than to make it smaller. Hope that helps, I really would appreciate a picture:) Kind Regards,

      • Michele Lastovica says:

        Thanks for the help. I’ll remember to lengthen the torso a bit next time. Here’s a couple pictures. Hard to tell they are pants in one, so I had to send the second. 🙂

        Here's my pic:

        • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

          Let me just say you look like a fun girl to hang out with. Love how you have styled the pants. I think you are rocking this outfit.

      • Michele Lastovica says:

        The other, wearing them to work!

        Here's my pic:

  14. Tina says:

    Thanks for the pattern.

    what is the difference between palazzo and culotte? besides the length.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      That is the only difference. Both Palazzo en culottes can be as wide as we can think of almost to the point of resembling a skirt. These palazzo pants are not as wide because I was trying to keep proportions and balance for an hourglass, pear and rectangular shape woman.

  15. Emma says:

    I wear a UK 12/US 8 what size would you recommend I cut?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      I would print size 8 and 10 then check my measurements against the pattern. The waistband needs to be snug but not so that it will make you a roll around the waist.

      • Emma says:

        Thanks. I’ve got thepattern printed and assembled ready to cut out.
        Some of the pattern lines didn’t match up very well, but that might be my printer!

  16. Kathleen L says:

    Thank you so much for this pattern! Very generous of you to share your time and talents with us. It’s a lot of work putting together this pattern and tutorial! I’m looking forward to making this!

  17. S says:

    Can this pattern be used for woven fabric?

  18. Paula says:

    I would love to make these pants are they suitable for petites? I’m 5″2 160 lbs and a pear body shop , my legs are long and I have a short torso, I like to be comfortable at work I set a majority of the time as I work at a computer. Tia for any help

  19. Elizabeth Kramer says:

    There’s a problem with the pattern: Page 3 and 4 don’t line up properly. I printed out using adobe and everything, and the scale is right for the box, and there’s noting about margins in the software, and I’m not sure where to go to to fix this. Please Help!

  20. Julie Starr says:

    Just wanted to say thanks for such a fun pattern! I’ve never tried a silhouette like this and I really do love them. I typically wear a size 2 in RTW so I simply took a larger crotch seam and several inches from the waistband and they fit perfectly.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Julie, so glad you were brave enough to do that because that is exactly what to do. But, you know girl, a picture is worth a thousand words…Love to see your take on this:)

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