At the moment I’m into all things flowy – breathable fabrics in billowing shapes that keep me cool. I’ve been wanting to make a pair of beautiful trousers with lots of movement for a while, and so I’m excited to share with you these DIY Wide Leg Trousers.
If you’ve been following my trip to New York on Instagram you’ll have seen a few of the pieces that I’ve been wearing on my trip (remember I asked you about DIY projects?) – these trousers have turned out to be the best style for travelling! The swishy light linen fabric makes you feel a little fancy, while the style itself is comfortable and perfect for pounding the pavement. You’re totally going to want to make a pair of these for yourself!
These are very simple to make using a pattern from a pair of trousers you already own. So easy! They’re very similar in fact to these ones I made many moons ago, but this time we’re taking it up a notch with a zip and a flat waistband… Enjoy!
Start by copying the pattern off a pair of wide legged pants. Fold the trousers in half and trace around the edges. You’ll need to do this for both the front and back panels. And you’ll need to copy the pattern twice for both the panels, where you’ll end up with mirrored pieces after tracing and cutting.
We set my zipper on the side seam, so we left an opening the same length as the zipper on the side seam. Setting the zipper down the side seam is a personal choice, you could always set it down the front or back.
Now for the flat waistband! Prepare a strip of fabric the same length as your waistline, plus allowance for the seam. My waistband is to be 4cm (1.5 inches) wide, so my fabric strip needs to be 8cm (3 inches) plus seam allowances, it will then be folded and sewn to the pants. We used interfacing for this too, so it had a little stiffness. The interfacing strip only has to be the same length of your waistline and match the width of the waistband.
The final step is to finish off the hem of the pants. You can just do a visible straight stitch, or even sew an invisible hand stitch if you’re up for it. We finished my hem using fusing tape to avoid having visible stitches on the hem.
As I mentioned they’re come in handy in New York, and even though they might look too hot for summer they’re actually very airy – just make sure you use a nice natural fabric, otherwise it’ll be sweaty town, population you.