Top 10 Indie Easy Trouser Sewing Patterns
If you’ve been steering clear of sewing trousers because you are worried they are too tricky, we’re about to show you some options that are easy to sew. You heard me, easy. Trousers can be one of the most frustrating garments to buy. It’s like the goldilocks of shopping. You’ll try a pair on that fits on the waist, but is too tight on the hips. A pair that gapes in the back, but fits your bum nicely. A pair that is almost perfect in every way… but is what feels like a metre too long! I’m sure you can all relate to this and are still looking for the “ah, this pair is just right” moment?
If you would like to avoid this nightmare, you can use your sewing skills to make some that fit you. We think that when you sew trousers, it’s a good idea to start with an easy pair that is suitable for confident beginners and beyond. These projects will usually omit the fiddly parts, such as zip flys and fitted waistbands. Once you get to grips with the construction of trousers you can always move on to this style, but if you start with an easy pair you will be set up for success!
We asked the sewing community of Instagram and Facebook to share their favourite easy trouser sewing patterns, so have included some of these recommendations along with our own. Now, onto the indie trouser sewing patterns…
The Pomona Pants and Shorts are a great place to start as they are easy to sew and include three views so you have plenty of variety to play with. These loose-fitting pants have an elastic waist, high rise, no side seams and include patch pockets on the front or back. The waistband is created by folding over the top edge of the pants, which eliminates the extra bulk you would get from a separate waistband seam. You can pick from a wide leg, ankle-length sailor pant, loose tapered leg, ankle-length pants and a cute pair of shorts. I’ve made this pattern a few times and am a big fan of it.
Sizing: UK 6 – 22
Looking for a design that is both easy-to-sew and packed with gorgeous details? Try the Pietra Pants and Shorts by Closet Core Patterns. This is a firm favourite in the sewing community thanks to its clever panels and deep pockets.
Pietra offers the best of both worlds: a flat front, high-waisted silhouette with the comfort of an elastic waist in the back. Featuring lengthening panels in the front with slanted hip pockets and a hidden waist stay, you’ll never want to take them off. You get a lot of bang for your buck with this pattern as you have four leg styles to choose from; a wide leg in either a floor-skimming or cropped length, a slim and tapered leg or gently flared shorts. I have made this pattern and have plans for more!
Sizing: UK 6 – 20
This is another project I am hoping to make this spring, meet the Arden Pants by Helen’s Closet! They are high-waisted trousers with loads of versatility and delightful details. They have an elastic waist and front and back pockets. You can go for a jogger-style cuff in two different widths or leave it off for a sleeker look. The elastic waistband can be topstitched with a drawstring for a more casual look. Helen’s instructions are always top-notch so you can’t go wrong with this pattern!
Sizing: UK 6 – 30
The Bob Woven Pant by Style Arc popped up a few times in the recommendations, and I can see why. These balloon-shaped pants have an elastic waistband and in-seam pockets. The shape of the leg is so interesting and modern. They look particularly lovely in washed linen fabrics.
Sizing: UK 4 – 16 or UK 18 – 30
The Opal Pants and Shorts by Megan Nielsen have some really interesting options included, while still being approachable for any confident beginner. They have a relaxed fit with a high waist and includes a paperbag or standard elastic waistband, inseam or patch pockets, back pockets, belt loops, an optional belt, and multiple lengths. You have tapered or wide trouser legs to choose from and two lengths of shorts to make. This pattern will certainly keep you busy!
Sizing: UK 6 – 20
We recently added this pattern to the shop and were rather taken with a swoonsome detail… that pocket. It’s a fine specimen of a pocket that you will want to show off to everyone you meet! The Ivo Pants by Melilot are cool and comfortable and have an elasticated waist. It’s quick and easy to sew and suitable for beginners. I am very tempted to make these 🙂
Sizing: UK 6 – 34/36
Note: This pattern does not include seam allowances
This is the pattern I used to make my first ever pair of trousers and I was in love. I’ve made it several times since! The Ninni Culottes by Named are a pair of delightfully simple elastic-waist pants! The pants have a generous amount of ease and come with handy side pockets. They are designed for knit fabrics, but you can make them in light to medium weight woven fabric with some drape (I have a lovely pair in a Tencel fabric and they are my fave trousers!).
Sizing: UK 4/6 – 28
Format: Paper and PDF
The sewing community also recommended the Free Range Slacks by Sew House Seven. This pattern is as easy to wear as its name. There are two options – a tapered leg version and a straight, cropped version. Both have an elastic high waist, side panels, front pockets that are top stitched in place from behind, and an optional back patch pocket(s). The tapered leg looks really cool rolled up.
Sizing: UK 6 – 22 or UK 20/22 – 38
Format: Paper and PDF
A sewist recommended this chic pattern, and we can see why! The Calder Trousers and Shorts by Cashmerette are wide-legged woven trousers that feature a flat front, elasticated back waistband, faced in-seam pockets, and three length options. Choose between a dartless apple fit and a darted back pear fit for ideal bum shaping. They are the perfect trouser pattern for smart or evening wear.
Sizing: UK 14 – 34 with apple and pear pelvis fits
If you find a pattern that works with both woven and knit fabrics, you are onto a good thing! The Tula Pants by Papercut Patterns have an elasticated waistband with the option to add a drawstring, side pockets and ankle cuffs. Choose between a wide or peg leg fit. Wear them long as cosy trackies, everyday casuals, a little dressy for those special occasions, or even secret pyjamas. Don’t forget that short and sweet option too! Your options are almost endless with these pants. It is a fab pattern to have in your collection.
Sizing: UK 4 – 20 or UK 18 – 36