How to Make a Pants Pattern

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Are you in the market for a new pair of pants, but can't seem to find a pair that fits right and is affordable? Why not make your own pants? Making a pair of pants is easy. It all starts with having the right pants pattern. If you already own a pair of pants with the perfect fit, and you have some sewing skills, you can fabricate a pants pattern that will produce the perfect pair of pants for you.

Things You'll Need

  • Pair of pants
  • Seam ripper
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Fabric chalk

Make your very own pants pattern using an existing pair of pants. If you have a pair of pants that fit perfect, yet they are about to fall apart, take them apart and use the pieces for your pants pattern.

Use a seam ripper to take apart the pair of pants. Do not attempt to tear apart the seams on clothing without a seam ripper. It is a handy little tool that cuts right through the threads on any garment. Using your seam ripper, take your pants apart at the seams.

Lay the parts on large sheets of paper. Attach the pants parts to the paper using straight pins.

Trace the pants parts onto the paper with a pencil. Once you have traced all the parts, cut out each part of the pants using a sharp pair of scissors.

Remove the straight pins, putting them back into the pin cushion, and set the fabric pants parts aside. The paper cutouts of your pants parts is now your new pants pattern. This is what you will use when creating your pair of pants.

Tips & Warnings

  • Because you are making your own pants pattern, try adding a zipper to an elastic waisted pair of pants, or hem the pants legs up into a pair of knee pants. You are creating your own pattern, so you can create your pants to look any way you desire.
  • The great thing about using an existing pair of pants to create a pants pattern is that you already know the pants will fit.
  • When using a seam ripper, be careful not to cut away from the seam. If you are in a hurry, and you are cutting too fast, your seam ripper can slip and cut into the actual pants. If you are not planning on sewing the pants back together for re-use, it's probably OK to make a slip, but still try to be careful. If you take good care of the pants you just disassembled, you can use them again in the future if need be.

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