Pomona Pattern by Anna Allen DIY Pants Tutorial

8 Materials
$20
90 Minutes
Easy

Today, I will be showing you how to sew the Pomona pants by Anna Allen. I am going to be making the shorts version of this pattern, which is the one I like best. This is a very simple pattern, and great for beginners, using only four pattern pieces, and an elastic waist. If you’d like to learn how to sew DIY pants from the Pomona pattern, keep reading!

Tools and materials:

  • Pattern
  • Woven fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Iron
  • Elastic band
  • Sewing machine
  • Serger
Sew DIY pants

Cut

Cut out all the pattern pieces you will need to construct your pants. 

How to sew DIY pants

Fold and press

Fold ½ an inch of the top edge of the pocket, and press it flat. Then fold it up another 1 inch, and press it again. Make sure you are folding the fabric with the wrong sides together. 

Sewing DIY pants

Sew

Topstitch across the bottom edge of the folded area. 

Make DIY pants

Fold and press

Fold the side and bottom edges inward by ½ an inch, and press the folds so they stay in place. 

How to make DIY pants

Pin and sew

Pin the pockets onto the right sides of the main pants pieces in the preferred position. Then topstitch around the side and bottom edges. 

DIY pants tutorial

With right sides facing, pin the two pants pieces together along the front and back crotch seams and sew them down, then serge or overlock the seam allowance. 

DIY pants sewing tutorial

Turn the shorts so the front and back crotch seams are in the center. Pin the front and back pieces at the inseam, and sew, starting from the center and sewing towards the bottom of the shorts. Then serge or overlock the seam allowance. 

Fold and press

At the waist, fold the top edge down ½ an inch, and press it flat. Then fold it down by another 2¼ inches and press that flat, as well. 

Sew

Topstitch around the bottom edge of the folded waistband area, leaving a gap in the stitching to allow you to insert an elastic band. 

Insert elastic band

Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic and use it to guide the elastic all the way through the waistband and back out the gap in the stitching. Make sure the elastic is not twisted anywhere in the waistband. Then sew the ends of the elastic together, and close up the gap in the stitching. 

Sew two parallel lines of stitching around the waistband using a long stitch, and stretching the elastic as you sew. 

Hem

To hem the shorts, double fold the bottom edge, and press the folds in place. Then topstitch around the edge. 

Your Pomona shorts are complete!


What a simple yet beautiful pattern! If you use this pattern to make DIY pants or shorts of your own, please post your results.

Suggested materials:
  • Pattern   (https://annaallenclothing.com/products/pomona-pants-shorts)
  • Woven fabric
  • Scissors
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