There’s something deeply satisfying about making your own pants, and you’ll really impress yourself (and your friends) by first drafting your very own pattern. Before you start panicking, you should know that it’s very easy to make your own pants pattern, especially if you use a pair you already have as a template. This will ensure that your new pants fit well, and it will save you money since you won’t have to purchase the pattern at a store. To avoid complicated zippers, pockets and pleats, create a pattern for elastic-waist pants for starters.
You only need a few things to make your own pants pattern.
The pants you choose as your inspiration should be a pair that fit well and contain few details that may be hard to reproduce. However, you can also leave some details out of your pattern, like pockets, if you’re not up to tackling that kind of construction. Also consider the types of fabric you have access to when choosing your inspiration. If your local fabric store doesn’t have a large selection of knit fabrics, it would be advisable to use a pair of woven pants as your inspiration. For best results, you should plan to use the same type of fabric for your newly sewn pants as is used in your inspiration pair.
You’ll need a length of material that’s about a yard long in order to be able to trace an entire pant leg on a single piece without having to join several smaller pieces. In this case, you might consider freezer paper, which can be found at your local supermarket in the same area as the aluminum foil and plastic baggies. Other great alternatives include muslin fabric, old sheets or soil separator paper, which can be found in the plumbing department of your local home store.
Turn your old pants inside out and use your iron to press the seams flat. You'll want to include the seam allowances in your new pattern to ensure the correct fit. After you press your pants, lay them flat and arrange one leg beneath the other so only the front of one leg is showing. Lay the folded pants on top of your tracing material and smooth them to remove wrinkles. You may have to tuck some of the back underneath the front, as the back typically has more fabric in order to accommodate your buttocks. Trace around the outside edge of your old pants to create a new front leg pattern piece. Add approximately one inch to the hem and one inch to the waist so you can create hems and a casing when you sew your new pants. Next, fold the pants as you did before, this time with the back of one leg facing up. Lay it out on your tracing material and repeat the steps above to trace the back of your pattern. Cut your pattern pieces on the lines you traced.