In this tutorial, we are going to be making plaid pants from an old piece of clothing. The color and feel of the fabric drew me to it. Its very simple to do, and you will not need to make any patterns (unless you want to).
You will need:
- Fabric 1-1 1/2 – Or you can use an oversized piece of clothing you already own, like i did.
- A pair of trousers that fits you well – This is what we’ll use in place of a pattern.
- Sewing equipment- If you don’t have a machine, you could use a hand needle, though tedious.
Below is a video on how i made the plaid pants, but read on if you prefer text.
- First, separate all the seams of the garment.
- Place the back part on fold.
- Take your pair of pants and place them on top, while on fold as well. Cut all round while adding seam allowance. This will be the front of the plaid trousers.
- Now take the front parts of the garment, and place them right sides facing each other.
- Then place the front part of the pants you just cut, and use it to cut the back. The only difference is that the back will have a slightly longer crotch depth, around 5cm.
- Make a waistband, out of the left over fabric. In my case, i used the sleeves of the garment.
- Stitch together the crotch areas of the back and front separately.
- Then join the front and back, by stitching the in seams and side seams. Leave about 15cm/6″ on one side from the waist, to install a zipper.
- Iron on interfacing on your waistband, then fold in half. Stitch it to the pants and leave one side for the zipper.
NB: You can try on your pants at any one point, and adjust things like fit and length as you go.
I like how they turned out, though i might have to add some belt loops at the waistband. Thanks so much for reading.