Anna Allen Persephone Pants and Shorts

Anna Allen


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Buy the Persephone Pants and Shorts sewing pattern from Anna Allen. The Persephone Pants and Shorts pattern is based on photographs of men’s 1920s – 1940s US Navy sailor pants. These pants have a high waist and are unique in that they do not have side seams. The front and back pant legs are cut from one piece. They have a concealed button fly, front waist in-seam pockets, belt loops, and two back waist shaping darts. View A: Cropped length pants. View B: Cut-off shorts.

This sewing pattern is available to buy in the following formats:

– PDF (available to download immediately after purchase). What is a PDF?

– PDF pattern + Printed A0 copy shop (We print out the A0 pattern sheets, but you’ll need to download the digital instructions, as we don’t print these. The PDF files will be emailed immediately after purchase, and the A0 pattern sheets will be dispatched next working day). What is Copy Shop?

Suggested fabrics: 10 oz cotton canvas or twill fabric, or a bottom weight fabric like cotton denim or drill, with no stretch. Intended to be made with woven non-stretch fabrics, however 3%-5% stretch woven fabrics can also be used.

Fabric requirements: Extra fabric needed to match plaids, stripes, or one-way designs.

45″ (114 cm) wide fabric: Pants, 3 – 3 1/4 yd (2.7 – 3 m) // Shorts, 1 5/8 yd (1.5 m).

60″ (152 cm) wide fabric: Pants, 1 3/4 – 3 yd (1.6 – 2.7 m) // Shorts, 1 1/4 – 1 3/4 yd (1.2 – 1.6 m).

Pocket lining fabric (45″ wide): 1/4 yd (0.2 m).

Sizing: 0 – 20 (approx. UK 8 – 20). Please check the size chart and finished garment measurements.

Notions: Matching thread; denim sewing machine needle; heavy duty button thread for hand sewing buttons; button fly: 5/8″ buttons (four for sizes 0-16 or five for sizes 18-20); waistband button: one 3/4″ or 7/8″ button; 1/4 yd of 45″ wide interfacing.

PDF pattern includes: Instructions; US letter/A4 print-at-home pattern (48 pages); US copy shop pattern (1 sheet); A0 copy shop pattern (3 sheets).

A Zipper Expansion is also available for the Persephone Pants and Shorts pattern. The Zipper Expansion is a PDF download with instructions on how to install a zipper (instead of the included button fly). You will need to purchase the Persephone Pants and Shorts pattern to complete the zipper. There are no pattern pieces included in the expansion, as you will be using the pattern pieces included in the Persephone pattern. This expansion can also be used with Anna Allen’s Philippa Pants.

PLEASE NOTE: The Zipper Expansion is a separate add-on priced at £4.10. You must buy the original Persephone Pants and Shorts pattern priced at £14.50 to use it.

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Additional information


Denim / Corduroy, Heavyweight Cotton

Make time

Half a day, All day

Sewing level



UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48

Pattern format

PDF – Pants, PDF – Pants + Printed copy shop (+£7.00), PDF – Zipper Expansion

PDF Printing

48 Pages

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