How to Make Wide Leg Pants

    by Michelle Powell-Smith

    About the Author

    Michelle Powell-Smith has been writing on a variety of subjects from finance to crafts since 2004. Her work appears on various websites. She holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in art history from the University of Missouri-Columbia, which has provided strong research skills and a varied range of interests.


    Alter your tried-and-true pants pattern to make a pair of lovely and fluid wide-leg pants. Depending on the fabric, wide-leg pants can be casual and comfortable or dressy and elegant. With just a few easy changes to your usual pants pattern, you can easily make wide leg pants in the style of your choosing.

    Things You'll Need

    • Pant fabric, pre-laundered
    • Pants pattern
    • Pattern tracing paper
    • Ruler
    • Pencil
    • Pins
    • Scissors
    • Thread
    • Sewing machine
    • Serger or pinking shears

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    Trace the pants pattern. Be sure that your pattern includes seam and hem allowances. The leg width and style is not relevant. However, it is necessary to have a well-fitting waist, hipline and crotch curve.

    Alter your pants pattern by changing both the inside and outside leg lines to straight lines that extend from the hip to the bottom hem. The outer leg seam extends from the fullest part of the hip to the bottom hem. The inseam extends straight from the point of the crotch seam to the bottom hem. For very full palazzo style pants instead of a traditional wide leg, flare the leg line from the hip and crotch point to the bottom hem in an A-line shape.

    Cut two of each front leg and back leg. Be sure to cut on the grain of the fabric and match any patterns in your fabric.

    Stitch the inner and outer leg seams, right sides together. Finish your seams with a serger, pinking shears, or a zig-zag stitch.

    Turn one pant leg inside out. Place the other leg, right side out, into the inside-out leg. Neatly line up all the seams on both legs, pinning if you prefer. Sew the crotch seam of your pants, finishing it with a zig-zag stitch, pinking shears or a serger.

    Press the hem of each leg under 1/4 inch. Press the fold. Fold again 1 inch and press the fold. Sew close to the second fold, by machine, for a casual and easy hem. Opt for a slightly deeper hand-sewn hem for a dressier pair of wide pants.

    • Make sure to adjust the hem allowance as needed for the hem depth you prefer.
    • Leave darts or a waistband in place on your pattern for a dressier wide leg pant.