Trouser sewing patterns can be a bit daunting for sewists – there’s the notoriously tricky fit aspect and those intimidating fly-front zippers just for starters. But in actual fact, trousers needn’t be scary at all – especially with the wide range of sewing patterns available catering to all styles and levels. Get inspired below with our list of some of the best: wide-legged, slimline, casual, smart and jeans.
Ultimate Trousers – Sew Over It
These trousers from Sew Over It are simplicity itself, perfect for an advanced beginner who’s looking to tackle fitted trousers. Their slimline leg and ankle-grazing length have a hint of Audrey Hepburn about them, but given you can make them up in almost any medium-weight fabric they’re the perfect palette for expressing your own style – play it cool in sophisticated neutrals or splash out with an eye-catching print. With only an invisible zipper closure and a facing finishing the waistband (which sits on the natural waist) the only thing that could prove challenging with these trousers is fit, making them the perfect pattern to start finessing your skills in this area. Sew Over It also have an online course, ‘The Ultimate Guide to Sewing and Fitting Trousers’, which could give you a helping hand in that direction. Available in sizes UK 8-20, paper and PDF formats.
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Sasha Trousers – Closet Case Files
Another winner from Closet Case Files, the Sasha Trousers are specifically designed to be a workwear staple. They’re smart and timeless and, being distinctly office-impressing, just the pattern if you’re struggling to put together a smart me-made work wardrobe. Designed for fabrics with slight stretch, they’re the perfect opportunity to use a gorgeous suiting or twill. Pair with a crisp white shirt for unbeatable office chic. Available in sizes 0-20, paper and PDF formats.
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Tynni Cigarette Trousers – Named Clothing
For an alternative take on tailoring, try the Tynni Cigarette Trousers from Named Clothing. With a slight nod to swing trousers of the ’40s and ’50s they still manage to feel right up to date. That super high waist is perfect for pairing with a cropped top. With their cropped length and vents at the hem they’re the perfect trousers to take you into spring. The trouser equivalent of a sleek pencil skirt! Available in EUR sizes 32- 46 (US 0 -14, UK 4-18), paper and PDF formats.
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Flint – Megan Nielsen
If you’re looking for a gorgeous summer trouser, this could be the pattern for you. Flint’s distinctive feature is its crossover closure, where you can choose between buttons or a tie, giving it a fun, clean, fresh and simple finish. It’s the perfect pattern for linens or chambrays and has proved very popular amongst the sewing community, with its great fit being a noted feature. Oh, and it comes as a shorts option too! Available in sizes XS – XL, paper and PDF formats.
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Lander Pants – True Bias
With their seventies’ vibe and stylish details these must just be on the most bang-on-trend trouser sewing pattern out there right now, and they’ve taken the sewing community by storm. Their straight legs sit comfortably in-between wide legged and skinny, and the trousers feature front and back patch pockets, belt loops and a button-fly front. Moreover, they don’t just come in full-length and cropped, the pattern includes a shorts variation. If you prefer a zipper closure to the buttons then True Bias has just released a zipper fly-front expansion pack. The Lander Pants are suitable for medium-to-heavy weight fabrics, such as denim, corduroy and twill, making them super wearable. Available in sizes US 0-18, paper and PDF formats.
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Portobello Trousers – Nina Lee
A supremely simple pair of trousers, the Portobellos are sufficiently capacious that the only real area of fitting to worry about is the waistband, which closes at the back with an invisible zip and a button. If you’ve made a skirt, you can almost certainly make these! They work equally well in lightweight winter wools and floaty summer linens and rayons and the full-length means they’ll work all year round, dressed up or dressed down. Available in sizes UK 6-20, paper and PDF formats.
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Bruges Trousers – Orageuse
Embrace French chic with these short smart trousers from Orageuse. The styling is a playful twist on men’s tailoring, cropped short and slimmed to flatter. The optional band down the side seams offers a rare opportunity for trouser contrast colour-play. They’d look totally sensational in a weighty dark satin with a bright band, worn with heels and a shirt or cami in the evening. Available in sizes EUR 34-46, PDF format.
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It’s all in the detail
Diego Trousers – Republique du Chiffon
These are a halfway house between relaxed and tailored, making them a stylish weekend chino. Their turned-up hems, deep pockets and unusual belt loops all elevate this pattern above the ordinary – there are enough features here to keep things interesting even for an experienced seamstress. Fit-wise they’re perfect if you like your trousers tapered but not clinging to the calves. Available in sizes EUR 34-46, paper format.
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Esther Trousers – Victory Patterns
These glamorous wide-legged trousers from Victory Patterns feature angled pleats and centre seams on the front legs, finishing with darts and an invisible zipper closure at the back; the silhouette feels fresh and contemporary and slightly extravagant (in the best way!). Esther comes with two length variations plus an optional sash to accentuate the cinched-in waist. The large front pleats lend structure to the volume in the legs and made in a soft, draping fabric such as a crepe or rayon these should fall beautifully. They would be absolutely dreamy in silk! Available in sizes 0-16, PDF format.
Check out Instagram for more inspiration.. #estherpants
Ginger and Morgan Jeans – Closet Case Files
The Ginger Jeans are a stalwart for the sewing community, introducing many people to sewing jeans for the first time. Heather Lou is on a mission to help people sew their own jeans and as such the Gingers have been carefully designed to flatter a wide range of figures. The basic pattern comes with two variations (mid-rise, stovepipe leg / high-waisted, skinny leg) but you can also purchase expansion packs to go low-rise or adapt the jeans for a flare. The Morgan Jeans were designed to cater to the growing trend for ‘boyfriend’ jeans, and manage to be both slouchy and slim enough to flatter at the same time. Unlike the Gingers, which are stretch jeans, Morgan is designed for non-stretch denim which will soften and wear over time, adding to that sexy relaxed fit.
Both patterns are supported by numerous online resources (a sew-along, ‘jeans-making 101’ blog posts, and the ‘Sew Your Own Jeans’ online course). TCheck out Heather’s hashtag #nofearnewjeans on Instagram for some recent inspiration! Available in sizes 0-20, paper and PDF formats.
Check out Instagram for more inspiration.. #gingerjeans & #morganjeans
Ames Jeans – Cashmerette Patterns
Finding shop-bought jeans that fit and flatter a curvy body can feel like a never-ending quest, but the Ames Jeans have got you covered. These jeans take fit seriously: they’re tailored for apple or pear figures and come with separate pelvis pattern pieces for each. They also come in two leg styles: skinny or straight. With a high-rise waistline and a pocket stay for secret shaping, five pockets, rivets and belt-loops, these are a classic go-to style. Available in sizes 12-28, paper and PDF formats.
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Birkin Flares – Baste and Gather
Embrace the seventies with these fabulous flares from Baste and Gather. Inspired by queen of cool Jane Birkin, these are classic, high-waisted, leg-lengthening jeans designed to flaunt your figure in the most flattering way. Available in sizes 24-35, PDF format.
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Comfort is Key!
Alexandria Peg Trousers – Named Clothing
The Alexandria Peg Trousers are a versatile design that can be dressed down for lazy days of lounging or dressed up for a (comfy) evening look – pair with a soft cosy fabric (they’re designed for wovens but you could make them in a knit) and a sweatshirt for the sofa, or a crepe or something silky with a cami and heels and you’re ready to hit the town! Or, make them in a brightly patterned viscose and wear with sandals on the beach. The elasticated waist and relaxed fit means these are another pattern that’s a cinch to fit. Available in sizes EUR 32 – 50 (US 0-18, UK 4-22), paper and PDF formats.
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This list wouldn’t be complete without a pair of comfy knit trousers! Another smash hit from True Bias, the Hudson pants are the sort of lounge trousers that you still won’t feel embarrassed opening the door in, or popping out to the shops. They’re loose enough to be supremely comfortable, but close fitting enough to be both stylish and possible workout-wear. They come in two lengths – and, wait for it, in kids’ and mens’ versions too! Available in sizes 0-18, paper and PDF formats.
Check out Instagram for more inspiration.. #hudsonpants
Mercury Collection – Marilla Walker
Knit fabrics are in no way essential for a pair of super comfy trousers – these woven trousers from the Mercury capsule collection by Marilla Walker are gloriously roomy and have the look of being unexpectedly effortlessly stylish. They’re inspired by the relaxed forms of Scandinavian and Japanese fashion, people who certainly seem to know how to dress for style and comfort. The trousers avoid slipping into pyjama-zone with shaping at the front of the trouser and a flat-front waistband (with an elasticated back waist), but let’s face it, these are gorgeous secret pyjamas if ever there were some! Available in sizes 1-8, paper and PDF formats.
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