90’s Inspired High Waisted Pants

Pekgee Peggy
by Pekgee Peggy
8 Materials
2 Hours

I have always loved 90’s fashion! This sewing project gave me the perfect opportunity to make an amazing pair of vintage-style pants. I love everything about these pants from the silky fabric to the high-waist cut! Follow along as I sew these 90’s inspired pants!

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
  • Chalk
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • ZIpper
High waisted pleated pants women’s

To get started, you can either create your own pattern or use a pair of pants you already have as a template for tracing. 

Choose the right fabric

For this project, I chose a gorgeous, silky fabric.

Mark the fabric

Mark and cut the fabric 

I then went ahead and laid out a folded piece of fabric. I grabbed a ruler and chalk and started marking. To see my exact measurements go to 2:30 in the video. I then took scissors and cut. 

High-waisted wide-leg pleated pants

Sew pleats and darts 

I started the sewing process, by stitching a 4-inch pleat on the front of the pants.  

Sew a dart

Next, I sewed a 4 inch wide, 5-inch long dart on the back waistline of the pants.

Sew on the pockets

Attach the pockets 

I then moved onto the side pockets. To see exact measurements go to 3:28 in the video. I placed the unfolded pocket edge along the edge of the pants and stitched on the long side. I folded over the pocket fabric and stitched, leaving a gap for my hand to fit through. 

Sew on the zipper

Attach the zipper 

It was time to attach the zipper, I zig-zag stitched the raw edges before stitching on the zipper. 

Sew closed the pants

Sew the pants closed 

Next, I went ahead and sewed the inner seams of the pants closed. 

Pleated high waist wide-leg pants

Add the waistband 

I also had to make a waistband for the pants. I cut a strip long enough to fit around my waist and about 2.5-3 inches long. 

Pin on the waistband

After sewing one long end, I pinned the waistband to the pants and stitched. 

Vintage high waisted pleated pants

I made sure to hem the bottom of the pants to get a clean finish for my vintage-style pants.

High waisted pleated dress pants

I love the fact that these 90’s inspired pants are high waisted!

Side view of the pants

The pleats also add so much to these pants and give them the perfect fit and flow. 

Front view of the pants

High waisted pleated pants pattern

I love how easy it is to style these pants! They can easily transition from day to nightwear! How would you style these pants? Let me know in the comments below! 

Suggested materials:
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  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
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  • Paula Spart Paula Spart on Mar 19, 2021

    I really like the idea of high waisted pants. As low as the pants are and as short as the shirts are I can't bend over without showing my waist or underwear. I've been tempted to buy boxer shorts like the "boyz" to cover that area. I was told by one guy at the bus stop that another one was staring down my pants.

    Every woman needs a pair of high waisted pants.

    • Pekgee Peggy Pekgee Peggy on Apr 23, 2021

      🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️ 100% Agreed 😊

  • MPaula MPaula on Mar 23, 2021

    I am short waisted and love a high waist on pants. I also have short legs which will provide the extra fabric!