How to Sew Comfy and Cozy Palazzo Pants

9 Materials
2 Hours

If you’ve ever wanted to know how to sew pants, particularly this style of wide palazzo pants, you’ll want to see this tutorial.

It includes a free sewing pattern for pants with pockets and an elasticated waist.

I draw the design directly on to the material so it’s quick to make and suitable for beginners too. My measurements fit European size 38 - 40.

Learn the secrets to sewing perfect palazzo trousers!

Tools and materials:

  • 51 inch (103 cm) wide woven viscose
  • 2 inch (5 cm) wide elastic
  • Fabric marker
  • Ruler
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Serger (optional)
Cutting out basic pants shape

1. Cut out the basic pants shape

Cut a piece of your fabric 60 inches (152 cm) long by 42.5 inches (108 cm) wide.

Fold it in half widthways twice and place it down with the folded edge nearest you.

Draw a 14.5 inch (37 cm) length line across your fabric 16 inches (40 cm) from one of the short edges. 

Measure 11 inches (28 cm) up the short edge from the fold and join to the first line. Curve the angle between them to make the crotch seam.

Cutting out basic pants shape

Mark 13 inches (33 cm) from the fold along the other short edge.

Join with a straight line to the end of the first line, to shape the inner leg seams.

Cutting out basic pants shape

Draw a line half an inch (1 cm) from the folded edge along the length of the fabric.

Cut along the crotch and inner leg lines.

Shaping front

2. Shape the front

Keeping the two pieces together, open out the fabric. Make sure the piece with the line down the folded edge is on top.

Measure 2 inches (5 cm) down the front crotch seam from the waistline. Taper the line to the back crotch and cut it out.

Shaping front

Trim 1 inch (2 cm) from the front inner leg seam.

Shaping front

Separate the parts by cutting along the line you marked on the fold.

Adding pockets

3. Add the pockets

Cut a rectangle of fabric 31.5 inches (80 cm) long by 8.5 inches (22 cm) wide.

Fold it in half widthways twice.

Use your hand as a template for a curved pocket shape and cut it out. Cut through the fold to make 4 pieces.

Join the front crotch seam with the right sides together.

Open the front of the pants out flat with the right side uppermost.

Adding pockets

Pin and sew one pocket piece to each side with the right sides together, 6 inches (15 cm) from the waist edge.

Top stitch close to the seam on the right side.

Repeat for the back of the pants.

Assembling pants

4. Assemble the pants

Pin the front and back pants together with the right sides facing, matching the position of the pockets.

Assembling pants

Sew down the side seam to the start of the pocket, sew around the pocket bag and continue sewing the side seam down to the hem.

Pin and sew the inner leg seams.

Finish all the raw edges, on the serger or with an overlock stitch on your machine.

Elasticated waistband

5. Elasticated waistband

Cut your elastic to fit comfortably around your waist with some overlap. Mine is 25 inches (64 cm).

Overlap the ends and sew them securely together.

Turn the pants right side out.

Elasticated waistband

Divide the elastic into four equal sections with a marker.

Elasticated waistband

Pin the elastic seam to the center back of the pants on the inside.

Pin the other three marks on the elastic in place at the center front and side seams.

Elasticated waistband

Sew in place around the top edge, stretching the elastic as you sew.

Elasticated waistband

Turn the waistband to the inside and sew down along the lower edge, stretching the elastic as before.


6. Finishing

Turn up and sew a narrow hem at the bottom of each leg.

How to sew pants: DIY pants

How to sew pants: DIY pants

In just a couple of hours, you have a comfortable, flattering pair of DIY pants.

They look great in many types of fabric, from lightweight to medium-heavyweight. The palazzo pants pattern is not designed for stretch fabric however, so I would advise against using that.

I would love to know how you get on with making these, and even see your creations.

Please drop a comment below and also follow me on TikTok for more great sewing patterns and ideas: @tugbaisler

Suggested materials:
  • 51 inch (103 cm) wide woven viscose
  • 2 inch (5 cm) wide elastic
  • Fabric marker
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