How to Make MC Hammer Pants

    by Liza Hollis

    About the Author

    Liza Hollis has been writing for print and online publications since 2003. Her work has appeared on various websites, including and Hollis earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and mass communication from the University of Florida.


    Stop---Hammer Time! MC Hammer ruled the late '80s and early '90s with his hit songs and one-of-a-kind fashion sense. His parachute pants hit the world by storm, and suddenly everyone was trying to get their hands on a pair of the unflattering garments. While the look has gone out of style, it's never too late to bring back MC Hammer Pants for a costume party or as a fun gift to a friend with a sense of humor.

    Things You'll Need

    • Sewing machine
    • 2 yards jersey-knit material
    • Thread
    • Straight pins
    • Scissors
    • Fabric pencil

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    Measure the length around your hips with sewing measuring tape. You want your Hammer pants to hang low, so pin them around the widest part of your hip and well below the waist.

    Cut a 3-inch tall band of fabric to the length you just measured. Fold your fabric in half, print-side-in and sew along the length of your fabric.

    Turn the waistband right-side-out by pulling your fabric through the opening on one side of the waistband. Set aside.

    Measure the length from the belly button to right above the knee. This will be the length of your drop crotch.

    Measure the out-seam of your pant legs. The is the distance from your hip to your ankle on the outside of your body. You want your pants to be loose and baggy, so add a couple of inches for extra gather.

    Fold your fabric print-side-in vertically. Doubling your fabric will ensure that both sides of your pant leg are identical.

    Draw the pant pattern on the fabric. Start at the top with the fold to the left. Begin on the fold with the top of the pant pattern, this should be 1/2 of your waist measurement. On the right side, draw a straight line down that is equal to your out-seam measurement plus 2 inches for seams and hems. At the bottom, draw a 4-inch line for the bottom of the pant leg.

    On the left side, measure down the fold for the length of your drop crotch measurement. Draw a 6-inch line perpendicular to the fold and parallel to the waist line. Angle a final line from the end of the 6-inch line to the bottom of the pant leg.

    Cut out along your drawn lines, but do not cut along the fold.

    Fold another piece in fabric in half to make your second pant leg. This time, fold your fabric print-side-out. Lay your cut pant leg on top of this and pin to your fabric. Trace out the pant leg and cut, remembering not to cut along the fold.

    Turn your pant legs print-side-out and pin together along the outer sides of the front and back of your pant leg. Sew together with your sewing machine.

    Repeat this stitch for the inner sides of your pant leg. This should connect your pant legs together so your can start to see the parachute quality.

    Fold the bottom of your pant leg over to form a clean hem. Stitch around the bottom edge.

    Gather the top of your pants together and pin along the length of your waistband. Once you are pleased with the gather, sew in place.

    Add a zipper to the back of your pants if desired. Or, sew elastic into your waistband so you can easily take the pants on and off.