How to Sew Comfy Palazzo Pants From Scratch

Hi everyone! Let's learn how to sew palazzo pants.

If you’re wondering what palazzo pants are, they have wide, straight legs and a relaxed style.

These ones have an elasticated waist and curved side seam pockets and they’re easy to sew from my detailed instructions.

My main measurements are for size 38 European (S) but I also give the figures for sizes M and L where they differ.

Tools and materials:  

  • Light to medium weight fabric 44” by 96” (110 cm by 240 cm)
  • 3/4” (2 cm) wide elastic
  • Fabric marker
  • Ruler
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Large safety pin
  • Sewing machine
  • Serger (optional)
Measuring the fabric

1. Palazzo pants sewing pattern

Trim the fabric to 42” (107 cm) by 56” (140 cm) for size S.

Fold your fabric in half widthwise and in half again. Place it flat with the main fold towards you.

Measuring the fabric

Mark 11.5” (29 cm) along the fold from the right edge and draw a line across the fabric at this point for the crotch length.

Measuring the fabric
Marking the fabric

Measure 10.2” (26 cm) from the fold along the right edge and join that mark to the first line.

Draw a curved line at the corner where they meet.

Marking the fabric

Measure 13” (33 cm) from the fold along the left edge and join the mark to the front of the crotch.

Marking the fabric

Draw a line parallel to the folded edge and half an inch (1 cm) from it.

Cutting the fabric

Cut out the front edge of the pants.

Shaping the front section

2. Shape the front section

Open out the first fold.

Mark 2” (5 cm) down from the waist edge at the front crotch.

Shaping the front section

Draw a tapered line from the mark to the waist edge at the back crotch and cut out.

Trim half an inch (1 cm) from the front inside leg seam.

Shaping the front section

Separate the front and back sections at the side seam.

Cutting out the pockets

3. Cut out the pockets

Put the back pants sections to one side.

Cut a strip of fabric 33” (84 cm) by 10” (25 cm).

Cutting out the pockets

Fold it in half and half again and place the main fold towards you.

Slide the folded fabric under the side edge of the pants front, lining up the side seam with the fold.

Cutting out the pockets

Trim off the excess fabric at the waist edge.

Cutting out the pockets

Separate the pocket pieces along the fold and cut the lower and front edges into a curve.

Cutting out the pockets

4. Insert the pockets

Put two of the pocket pieces aside for the back pockets.

Pin the other two in place under the pants front.

Measure 2.4” (6 cm) along the waist edge from the side seam.

Cutting out the pockets

Mark 5” (13 cm) down the side seam from the waist edge and join the two marks with a curved line.

Cut along the curve through all layers for the front pockets.

Cutting out the pockets

Place one of the front pocket pieces on one of the pants fronts with the right sides facing.

Sew along the curved edge.

Making the pockets

Fold the pocket to the inside and top stitch along the curve on the right side.

Making the pockets

Place a back pocket piece on top of the front one, with the right sides together.

Making the pockets

Sew the two pocket pieces together along the long curved edges, without stitching them to the pants.

Making the pockets

Pin the straight edges of the pocket bags to the waist and side edges of the pants and sew in place from the right side.

Repeat for the second pants front.

Assembling the pants

5. Assemble the pants

Place the two fronts together with the right sides facing and sew the center front crotch seam.

Join the two back pieces in the same way.

Assembling the pants

Place the backs and fronts together with the right sides facing.

Match the crotch seams and join the inside and outside leg seams.

Adding the waistband

6. Waistband

Cut a strip of fabric 40” (100 cm) long by 4” (10 cm) deep.

Join the short edges into a circle, with the right sides together.

Adding the waistband

Open the seam flat and fold the waistband in half lengthwise with the wrong side inside.

Pin the folded waistband to the right side of the pants, matching the waistband seam to the center back seam of the pants.

Sew along the raw edges, leaving an opening for the elastic.

Cut a piece of elastic 25” (63 cm) long or the length to fit comfortably around your waist.

Use a safety pin to thread it through the waistband.

Join the two ends of the elastic and sew the opening closed.

Adding the waistband

7. Finishing

Serge the raw edges of the waistband or use an overlock or zigzag stitch on your machine.

Finishing the DIY palazzo pants

Overlock the bottom of the legs and turn up a 1” (2.5 cm) hem.

DIY palazzo pants
DIY palazzo pants

DIY palazzo pants

I hope you enjoyed seeing how to sew pants from scratch, even without a pattern. This is my favorite style of pants because they’re so comfortable to wear. I’ve made them in many different fabrics.

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