VIDEO| NORA DIY WIDE-LEG PANTS
Wide-leg, high rise, cropped pants have been a huge trend this summer. I'm sure you've noticed as well. Even though I'm only 5'2 and wide anything is probably a big no no for me, I just could not resist these pants. Naturally, I drafted a pair for myself and today I'm sharing the pattern with you.
I know, I know...summer is almost over, but think about it, with the right fabric, these pants can be made to wear in the colder months too. If you're itching for a quick and enjoyable make...this project is for you. There are only 4 pattern pieces and no dramatic style lines whatsoever.
I made mine in this gorgeous white denim by Robert Kaufman and closed it in the center back with an invisible zipper. I designed it with a 2" wide curved waistband and a 2" wide hem for a super streamlined look.
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DETAILS | Wide-leg high rise pants. Cropped at the ankle. Closes in the back with a zipper.
TOOLS + SUPPLIES
Denim, lightweight linen, cotton twill, gabardine, lightweight wools.
NOTE: The size chart and finished garment measurements are within the PDF pattern files. Click here to download the Nora pattern.
- Sizes 0-6 - 2 yards
- Sizes 8-18 - 2 5/8 yards
- Sizes 0-6 - 1/14 yards
- Sizes 8-18 - 2 1/4 yards
- All sizes - 3/8 yards
MAIN FABRIC | 44" | SIZES 0-6 (TOP) SIZES 8-18 (BOTTOM)
MAIN FABRIC | 60" | SIZES 0-6 (TOP) SIZES 8-18 (BOTTOM)
INTERFACING | ALL SIZES
HOW TO SEW THE NORA WIDE-LEG PANTS
STEP 1 | Staystitch waistbands
Staystitch along the top and bottom of the waistband front and waistband back.
STEP 2 | Staystitch PANTS
Staystitch along the waistline of the pants front and pants back.
STEP 3 | apply interfacing
Grab one waistband front piece and one waistband back piece. Apply fusible interfacing to the wrong sides.
STEP 4 | Join inner leg
With right sides together, stitch each pants front piece to a pants back piece at the inner leg seam. Finish the seam and press open.
STEP 5 | JOIN CROTCH
With right sides together, stitch each of the pants units together around the crotch. Stop at the first notch. This is where the zipper is gonna be installed later on.
STEP 6 | JOIN SIDE SEAMS
With right sides together, stitch pants front to pants back at the side seams. Finish the seam and press open.
STEP 7 | JOIN WAISTBAND
With right sides together, stitch the front waistband piece to the back waistband pieces at the side seams. Finish the seams and press open.
The non-interfaced waistband will be the inner waistband and the interfaced one will be the outer.
STEP 8 | ATTACH WAISTBAND
With right sides together, stitch the outer waistband to the pants at the waistline. Trim the seam allowance, then clip to, not through the stitch line. Press the waistband away from the pants, pressing the seam allowance towards the waistband.
STEP 9 | install zipper
Using your invisible zipper foot, install the invisible zipper at the center back of the pants. Finish the seam and press open.
STEP 10 | ATTACH WAISTBAND FACING
Notch the lower edge of the inner waistband so that you get a smooth curve. Turn the lower edge of the inner waistband up 5/8" and press.
With right sides together, pin the inner waistband to the outer waistband along the waistline. First, stitch starting at the edges close to the zipper teeth. Sew over the pressed lower edge. Next, stitch all the way around, along the waistline.
Clip the corners above the zipper, turn the waistband right side out, and push the corners out using a point turner.
Press the waistband, then pin in place. You can either slipstitch the inner waistband to the pants or edgestitch it all the way around. (see video)
STEP 11 | Hem
Yay! Last step! Turn the edge of each pant leg up 3/8", then press. Turn again 2", press and stitch all the way around to form a hem. Give your pants a good press and you my friend are done!
I hope you enjoy your new super cute diy wide-leg pants! Share your process and your finished project on Instagram by using #clothstorynora and by tagging me @cloth_story. Thanks for visiting and I'll talk to you next time.