One of my favorite things about sewing my own clothes is that I can make them as comfortable as I want. Today on Happiest Camper, we show you How To Make Harem Pants With Printable Pattern! Feel comfortable in these comfy pants for everyday wear either to the gym or just relaxing around the house. These pants are roomy and breezy and super easy to make. These pants are flattering on all body types as well. When my sewing friend, Debbie, showed me this pattern I knew I had to make them. I love that you can dress these pants up or down depending on what print fabric you go with and what top you pair them with. Great for running errands or for a fun night out. The included free sewing pattern makes it easy to cut out your fabric and size these harem pants just right. If you have been wanting to try your hand at making some DIY clothing, this project is great for sewists of all skill levels. Why pay in-store prices when you can make it yourself for less!
These will quickly become some of your favorite pants. You’ll love being able to tell your friends you made them yourself! Pick out your fabric and gather your supplies from the list below. Let’s get started!
What You’ll Need:
- 2 Yards Of 60″ Wide Fabric – cotton, cotton blends, linen blends, rayon, challis
- 2 yards of 1/2” Wide Elastic
- Matching Thread
- Elastic thread
- Free Pattern
- Optional Rotary Cutter & Mat
- Measuring tape
- Thread nippers
- Sewing machine
- Fabric marker
- Bodkin or Safety Pin
This free printable pants pattern is drafted for a height of 5’ 4”- 5” 5” so you may need to lengthen or shorten the pattern if required. If you need to do that, check out our post Pattern Grading – How to Scale a Pattern Up and Down!
ELASTIC CUTTING GUIDE
WAISTBAND ELASTIC – Measure your waist and cut your elastic the same size as your waist measurement.
LEG /ANKLE ELASTIC – Measure the circumference of your foot just above the ankle and cut your elastic the same size as your ankle.
This pattern has layers so that you can choose to print only the size you need. To achieve this Adobe Reader must be installed on your machine or device. Adobe Reader allows you to click on the layers icon which will show you each size with an eyeball beside it. Click on the eyeball beside the size you do not want to print.
Before printing check that your printer is set to No scaling or Actual size. Set the Page orientation to Auto or Portrait. And then print page 1. Measure the 2” test square to see if it measures exactly 2”. If it does, print the remaining pages.
Cut off the right and top margins of each printed page before assembling the pattern. You can use tape or school glue to adhere your paper pattern together.
After the pages have been printed and trimmed as instructed above, use the quarter circles located at the corner of each page for perfect alignment. When done your pattern should look like this:
Pattern Pieces Checklist
Once you have printed and assembled your pattern you will cut 2 of the pattern pieces.
Use a 3/8” seam allowance unless otherwise instructed.
How To Make Harem Pants With Printable Pattern
Start this how to make harem pants with printable pattern sewing tutorial by washing and drying your fabric. This helps preshrink your fabric and prepares it for washing later so that your stitches don’t pull out or fray the first time you wash it. Plus, it helps make the fabric super soft. Once you have done this, use your pattern to cut out your fabric pieces.
Next, pin pants pieces right sides together at the curves on the crotch.
Now it’s time to sew! Sew both the front and the back crotch areas using a 3/8” seam allowance.
With the pants seam together, rearrange the pants so that the seams are now in the center of the pants.
Now we will work on sewing the legs of the pants. Line up the edges and pin down the entire inseam of the pants leg. Do this for both legs.
Sew the inseam of the pants using a 3/8” seam allowance.
Now we will work on the waist of our harem pants. To make the channel for the elastic waistband, fold the waist of the pants ½ inch, then another ½ inch, and sew down the channel making sure to leave a 1.5-inch opening to insert elastic.
We also want to add elastic to our pant legs. The process is just like what we did for the waistband: Fold the leg of the pants ½ inch then another ½ inch and sew, leaving a 1-inch opening to insert elastic. We can leave a smaller opening here.
To add elastic for the waistband, insert the elastic cut according to your waist measurement into the waist of the pants through the opening you left in the channel. Overlap then ends ½” and sew both ends together. Once you have done that, you can insert the elastic fully into the channel and sew the opening closed. We are about halfway through this how to make harem pants with a printable pattern!
You will repeat the steps above to add the elastic for the legs. Insert the elastic into the channel you sewed in the legs. Overlap the elastic ends by ½” and sew them together.
Insert the elastic fully into the channel and sew the opening closed. Make sure to do this for both legs.
Next on this how to make harem pants with printable pattern sewing tutorial, we will prepare to sew our elastic ribbon. Start by winding your bobbin with elastic thread. Pull slightly on the thread so you wind it with some tension. You will use a regular thread for your top thread.
Using a fabric marker, mark 7“ from below the waist. Make this mark all the way around the pants.
Starting sewing from the side seam on top of the mark you made. Sew all the way around the pants. When you get back to the beginning, backstitch and cut your thread. Begin sewing again ½ inch from your previously sewn line.
Continue sewing elastic rows until you are about ½ inch from the waist.
And that’s it! Now you know how to make harem pants with a printable pattern! I hope you enjoyed making these fun and flowy pants as much as I did. Be sure to let us know in the comments. These pants are perfect for casual wear at your favorite restaurant or dress them up with a fancier top. I picked out several different solid color and print fabrics to make these pants in so I have a nice rotation in my closet.
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- Print, assemble and cut out free pattern.
- Use pattern to cut out fabric pieces.
- Sew both the front and the back crotch areas.
- Rearrange the pants so that the seams are now in the center of the pants.
- Sew the inseam of the pants.
- Fold the waist of the pants ½ inch then another ½ inch and sew, leaving a 1.5-inch opening to insert elastic.
- Fold the leg of the pants ½ inch then another ½ inch and sew, leaving a 1-inch opening to insert elastic.
- Insert the elastic, cut according to your waist measurement, into the waist of the pants through the opening. Overlap ½” and sew both ends together. Sew the opening closed.
- Insert the elastic into the legs. Overlap ½” and sew both ends together. Sew the opening closed.
- Wind your bobbin with elastic thread. Pull slightly on the thread so you wind it with some tension. You will use a regular thread for your top thread.
- Using a fabric marker, mark “ from below the waist. Make this mark all the way around the pants.
- Starting sewing from the side seam on top of the mark you made. Sew all the way around the pants. When you get back to the beginning, backstitch and cut your thread.
- Begin sewing again ½ inch from your previously sewn line.
- Continue sewing elastic rows until you are about ½ inch from the waist.
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