Make Wide-Leg Pants for the Summer

9 Materials
3 Hours

This tutorial will teach you how to make wide-leg pants from start to finish. These are easy, lightweight, and versatile pants that will serve you well.

Tools and materials:

  • Brandy sewing pattern
  • 2.5 yards lightweight woven fabric
  • 18 inches of 2 inch wide elastic
  • 6 x 18 inches of interfacing
  • Matching thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Serger
  • Sewing machine
DIY wide-leg pants

Prepare your pants 

Using your pattern pieces, cut out all of your elements: the front, the back, pocket side, pocket lining, waistband front, waistband back, and the elastic guide. Next, take your front piece and fold a dart. Pin and sew. Repeat with the back. (It should look like the picture above). Once that’s done, place your interfacing by the openings to the pockets and match the pocket pieces with the pants, right sides together. Pin the pockets to the pants and sew with the interface side on top. Finally, understitch the pocket opening an eighth of an inch from the seam line. 

Sew wide-leg pants

Attach the pockets 

Place the front pant over the side pocket piece, matching the edge of the pocket opening with the marks at the waist and the side. Pin together. Pin the side pocket and the pocket facing together and sew around. Serge the edge of the pocket and then secure the pocket at the waistline and side seam a quarter of an inch from the edge. 

How to sew wide-leg pants

Build the pants 

Place the front and back right sides together, matching the marks and pin at the side seam and inseam. Sew to secure. Turn one pant leg inside out and place it inside the other leg, wrong sides together. Align the seams and marks and pin to secure. Sew the legs together and serge the edges. 

Make wide-leg pants

Insert the elastic 

Apply the interfacing to the wrong side of the front waistband and iron it down. Fold it in half, wrong sides together (lengthwise), and press. Cut notches in the folded corners to help it lay flat. Cut off any excess. Fold the back waistband in half, wrong sides together (lengthwise), and pin. Sew the edges together, a quarter inch from the edge. Insert the elastic into the back waistband until it comes out each end. Secure the elastic at the edges. 

How to make wide-leg pants

Attach the waistband 

Insert the back waistband in between the front waistband, right sides touching. Pin and sew the short edges. Turn the waistband to the right sides and mark the center front and back with pins. Place the waistband inside the pants, pins matching at the center front of the waistband with the center seam of the pants, the center back pin with the center back seam, and the sides seams. Pin between the marks and sew. (When sewing in the back, make sure to move the elastic out of the way so that you don’t sew through it). 

wide-leg pants tutorial

Finish the pants 

Try on your pants and adjust the length to your liking (remembering to leave two inches for seam allowance). Serge the edge, fold in two inches (wrong sides together), and hem the pants with a topstitch.

wide-leg pants sewing tutorial

These DIY wide-leg pants are the perfect garment for the summer! Airy, light, and stylish, these pants are a triple threat. And the best part is, they can be worn for workwear or casual wear!  

Suggested materials:
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  • 2.5 yards lightweight woven fabric
  • 18 inches of 2 inch wide elastic
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