49 Stylish Sewing Patterns for Women’s Pants (11 FREE PDF’s)

Here are the most stylish sewing patterns I’ve found for women’s pants. This list includes paper patterns, free pdf patterns to print at home, and plus sizes.

I’ve pulled together useful information about each pattern like sizing, fabric requirements, and whether they’re beginner-friendly.

49 sewing patterns for women's pants

Here are the main pant styles I’ve covered (in order):

  • Easy ‘pull-on’ pants with elastic waists
  • Pajamas
  • Sweatpants / joggers
  • Knit pants for loungewear
  • Leggings
  • Formal work pants (straight & wide-leg)
  • Palazzo pants
  • Paperbag pants
  • Cargo pants
  • Jeans
  • Flare pants
  • Harem pants
  • Wrap pants

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Pull-on pants with elastic waists

Unique ‘Clyde work pants’ with deep pockets by Elizabeth Suzann (free)

pants with pockets and high elastic waist worn by models and a sewing pattern line drawing
Images courtesy of Elizabeth Suzann.

Download now from Elizabeth Suzann ($0)

Elizabeth Suzann used to be a multimillion-dollar clothing brand. In 2021, they started turning their best-selling garments into home sewing patterns. So these pants are production-level quality!

Sizes: XXS – 4XL with 3 length options (short, regular, and tall).

Design features: 2″ (5cm) wide elastic waistband. Large, crescent-shaped pockets run down the side of the pant legs.

Recommended fabrics: medium to heavyweight fabrics with no stretch. For example, cotton canvas, hemp, denim, or wool.

File format: PDF. Print-at-home and A0 copy shop sizes.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits beginners with some experience.


Easy pull-on pants with optional pockets, ruffles, & drawstring

woman wearing grey check pants with a drawstring, and a sewing pattern line drawing for pants
Images courtesy of Creative Bug.

Watch online course now on Creative Bug (printable pattern included)

This video course shows you how to:

  • Use a pdf sewing pattern.
  • Cut fabric with a pattern.
  • Sew the pants.
  • Add extras like pockets, a drawstring waist, and ruffle cuffs.

This is a really easy style to make, and the teacher walks you through every step.

Sizes: XS – 4XL. Waist measurement: 26″ – 54″ (66cm – 137cm).

Design features: Wide leg. Elastic waistband or drawstring waist. 2 pockets. Optional ruffle cuffs.

Recommended fabrics: medium-weight fabrics with no stretch. For example, linen, cotton, and flannel.

File format: PDF. Print-at-home size.

Instructions included? yes, video instructions. Closed caption text and a transcript are included.

Beginner-friendly? Yes. These are loose-fitting pants with no zips or buttons to install. And it’s even easier to make thanks to the video course.

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Custom-fit wide-leg pants with pockets

A woman wearing grey patterned pull-on pants, grey striped pants folded, and a woman making a sewing pattern.
Images courtesy of Creative Bug.

Watch online course now on Creative Bug

This video course shows you how to:

  • Measure yourself.
  • Make an easy pants pattern based on your body measurements.
  • Sew the pants.

It’s a great way to create clothes that fit better. And there’s a teacher that walks you through every step.

Design features: Wide leg. Elastic waistband. 2 pockets. French seams to hide the fabric’s raw edges.

Recommended fabrics: medium-weight fabrics with no stretch. For example, linen, cotton, and flannel.

Beginner-friendly? Yes. These are loose-fitting pants with no zips or buttons to install. And it’s even easier to make thanks to the video course.


Pull-on pants with a tie & large patch pockets

a woman wearing striped wide leg pull on pants, and sewing pattern line drawings.
Images courtesy of Simplicity.

Buy Simplicity S8841 paper pattern (Amazon)

Sizes: US 6 – 14 and 14 – 22.

Finished garment hip measurement: 37″ – 51 1/2″.

Design features: pull-on pants with an elastic waistband. Wide or slim legs. 2 lengths. Large patch pockets. Optional waist tie. Optional belt loops.

Recommended fabrics: medium weight woven fabrics with no stretch. For example, chambray, cotton, linen, lightweight denim, etc.

Format: a paper pattern that’s shipped to you.

Beginner-friendly? yes.

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Pull-on pants with a waist tie & side panels

a woman wearing striped pull-on pants with wide legs, and sewing pattern line drawings.
Images courtesy of Simplicity.

Buy Simplicity S9146 paper pattern (Amazon)

Sizes: US 6 – 24. Finished garment measurement for hip: 36″ – 52 1/2“.

Design features: wide legs. Waist tie (optional). Side panels. The front waistband is flat, and the back waistband has elastic. Side pockets.

Recommended fabrics: medium weight woven fabrics with no stretch. For example, cotton chambray, linen, double gauze, etc.

Format: a paper pattern that’s shipped to you.

Beginner-friendly? yes.


Pull-on culotte pants with pockets (free pdf)

a woman wearing grey linen wide leg pants with elastic waist
Images courtesy of The Fabrics Store.

Download now from The Fabrics Store ($0)

Sizes: US 0/2 – 28/30.

Design features: high-waisted. Wide legs. Culotte length. Hidden in-seam pockets. 2″ wide elastic waistband with 3 lines of topstitching.

Recommended fabrics: medium weight woven fabrics with no stretch. For example, linen, cotton, broadcloth.

File format: PDF. US letter & A4 print-at-home sizes.

Instructions included? yes, in this blog post.

Beginner-friendly? yes. If you’re brand new to sewing, you might want to skip topstitching the elastic.


Pull-on pajama pants

Pajama pants are a great option for your first clothing project.

Unisex pj pants with elastic & drawstring waistband

a family wearing printed pajamas, and sewing pattern line drawings.
Images courtesy of Simplicity.

This is a unisex pattern for the whole family (kids and adults, men and women).

Buy Simplicity S9127 paper pattern (Amazon)

Sizes: Child: age 4 – 16. Teen/adult: XS – XL.

Finished hip measurement: 30 1/2” – 52″.

Design features: loose fit. 3 lengths. The pants sit 1″ below the waist. Elastic waistband and drawstring.

Recommended fabrics: light to medium weight fabrics. For example, flannel, cotton broadcloth, poplin, etc.

Format: a paper pattern that’s shipped to you.

Beginner-friendly? yes.


Unisex pajama pants with elastic waistband (free pdf)

front and back view of a woman wearing pink check pajama pants, and sewing pattern line drawings.
Images courtesy of P4P.

Download now from P4P ($0)

Sizes: XXS – 3XL. Hip measurement: 33″ – 58″.

Design features: pull-on pants with an elastic waistband. Loose fit. No side seam. Multiple lengths: mens/higher rise, women’s/lower rise, short shorts, knee length, and pant length with 30″, 32″, 34″, and 36″ inseam lengths.

Recommended fabrics: light to medium weight woven fabrics with no stretch. For example, flannel, cotton broadcloth, poplin, etc.

File format: PDF. US letter and A4 print-at-home sizes. A0 copy shop sizes.

Instructions included? yes. A video tutorial is also available.

Beginner-friendly? yes.


Related: 19+ pajama patterns for men (5 free)

Related: 22+ pajama patterns for kids (4 free)


Sweatpant / jogger sewing patterns

Joggers with drawstring & elastic waist

2 women wearing green and black joggers.
Images courtesy of Peek-a-boo Patterns.

Download now from Peek-a-Boo Patterns ($9.95)

Sizes: XXS – 5XL.

Design features: Semi-fitted. 5 leg lengths (full length, capri, and 3 shorts). 2 waistband styles. 2″ elastic. Optional pockets with binding or bands. Optional drawstring.

Recommended fabrics: medium-weight knit fabric with 30% – 50% stretch.

File format: PDF. US letter and A4 print-at-home sizes. A0 copy shop sizes. Projector file.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits beginners with some experience.

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Joggers with drawstring & elastic waist

a woman wearing grey joggers, and a sewing pattern line drawing
Images courtesy of True Bias.

Download now from True Bias ($14)

Sizes: US 0 – 18. Waist measurement: 26″ – 38.5″ (66cm – 98cm).

Design features: 2 lengths: full length and mid-calf length. Slim fitting. Elastic waistband and optional drawstrings. Side pockets. Bottom cuffs.

Recommended fabrics: medium weight knits with about 40% stretch. For example, cotton lycra, french terry, ponte, and sweatshirt knits.

Format: PDF print-at-home and copy shop sizes. Or a paper version that gets shipped to you.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits beginners with some experience.


Loose joggers

a woman wearing grey joggers, and sewing pattern line drawings.
Images courtesy of Burda.

Buy Burda 6333 paper pattern (Amazon)

Sizes: US 8 – 18. EUR 34 – 44.

Design features: loose fit. Elastic waistband. Optional elastic at the ankle. Mock front fastening.

Recommended fabrics: knit fabrics. For example, sweatshirt jersey, ponte, french terry, etc.

Format: a paper pattern that’s shipped to you.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits beginners with some experience.


Baggy joggers – harem pant inspired (free pdf)

a woman wearing cream harem style jogger pants, and a sewing pattern line drawing.
Joggers made from heavyweight french terry knit fabric. Images courtesy of Mood Fabrics.
a woman wearing purple harem style jogger pants, and a sewing pattern line drawing.
Joggers made from light-medium weight bamboo jersey. Images courtesy of Mood Fabrics.

Download now from Mood Fabrics ($0)

Sizes: US 0/2 – 30. Waist measurement: 24 1/2” – 49 1/2“.

Design features: Baggy fit, except the fitted waistband and cuffs. Side pockets. Gathers.

Recommended fabrics: light to medium weight knit fabrics with 4-way stretch (so the fabric stretches in all directions).

File format: PDF. US letter print-at-home size (you can print this on A4 paper too. There will just be a bigger margin around the pattern, creating more paper waste).

Instructions included? yes, in this blog post.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits beginners with some experience.


Legging sewing patterns

Yoga / exercise leggings with phone pocket

women wearing yoga leggings with side pockets, and sewing pattern line drawings.
Images courtesy of Peek-a-boo Patterns.

Download now from Peek-a-boo Patterns ($9.95)

Sizes: XXS – 3XL. Hip measurement: 33″ – 51″ (84cm – 129.5cm).

Design features: leggings. Waistband options: yoga or contoured styles, standard or high-rise. 3 lengths: 3″ inseam shorts, 6″ inseam shorts, capris, and full-length pants. A skirt. Optional pocket, criss-cross, and bow details.

Recommended fabrics: medium weight knit fabrics with at least 50% 4-way stretch and good recovery.

File format: PDF. US letter and A4 print-at-home sizes. A0 copy shop sizes. Projector file.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits beginners with some experience.

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Yoga / exercise leggings

black yoga leggings and pink printed leggings, and sewing pattern line drawings.
Images courtesy of Simplicity.

Buy Simplicity 8212 paper pattern (Amazon)

Sizes: XXS – XXL. Waist measurement: 22″ – 41 1/2″.

Design features: ankle or cropped length. 2″ or 4″ waistband. Optional contrast side panel.

Recommended fabrics: medium weight knit fabrics with good recovery.

Format: a paper pattern that’s shipped to you.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits beginners with some experience.


Leggings sewing pattern (free pdf)

leggings sewing pattern line drawings, black leggings, and blue shorts.
Images courtesy of DIBY.

Download now from DIBY ($0)

Sizes: US 00 – 36. Waist measurement: 24″ – 59 3/4″.

Design features: 2 waistbands. 4 lengths: ankle, capri, knee, and mini.

Recommended fabrics: knits with 4-way stretch and strong recovery

File format: PDF. US letter and A4 print-at-home sizes. A0 copy shop size.

Beginner-friendly? yes.


Custom leggings pattern

2 women wearing leggings and a paper sewing pattern
Images courtesy of Creative Bug.

Watch online course now on Creative Bug

This course shows you how to make a leggings pattern based on your body measurements. It’s a great way to create clothes that fit well. And there’s a teacher that walks you through every step.

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Stretchy knit pants for loungewear

Wide-leg knit pants with elastic

a woman wearing grey knit lounge pants, and sewing pattern line drawings.
Images courtesy of Simplicity.

Buy Simplicity 8378 paper pattern (Amazon)

Sizes: XXS – XXL.

Finished garment hip measurement: 31 1/2″ – 52 1/2″.

Design features: slim or wide leg options. Multiple lengths. Elastic waistband. Optional hidden in-seam pockets.

Recommended fabrics: knit fabrics. For a drapey look, try viscose jersey. For a structured look, try medium to heavyweight ponte or sweatshirt jersey.

Format: a paper pattern that’s shipped to you.

Beginner-friendly? yes.


Wide-leg knit pants with elastic & drawstring

a woman wearing cream colored wide-leg knit pants, and sewing pattern line drawings.
Left image by Holly Dolly Darling. Right image by Style Arc.

Download now from Style Arc ($13.16)

Sizes: 4 – 30. Waist measurement: 23.5″ – 50.5″.

Design features: wide leg. 1.5″ elastic waistband. Hidden in-seam pockets. Full length or cropped. Optional drawstring and eyelets.

Recommended fabrics: medium to heavyweight knit fabrics. For example, sweatshirt jersey, wool jersey, ponte, etc.

File format: PDF. US letter and A4 print-at-home sizes. 36″ copy shop size. Or get the paper pattern shipped to you.

Beginner-friendly? yes, but you might want to skip the eyelets.


Slim-fitting knit pants with pockets

a woman wearing stripey knit pants, and sewing pattern line drawings.
Images courtesy of Vogue Patterns.

Buy Vogue V9374 paper pattern ($32)

Sizes: XS – XXL.

Design features: pull-on pants with an elastic waistband. Slim-fitting. Large pockets.

Recommended fabrics: knit fabrics with at least 35% stretch across the cross-grain. For example, jersey, ponte, etc.

Format: a paper pattern that’s shipped to you.

Beginner-friendly? yes.

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Formal work pants & trousers (straight & wide legs)

Wide leg pants with fly front zip

woman wearing wide leg flare pants, and sewing pattern line drawings for simplicity 8056
Images courtesy of Simplicity and Creative Bug.

Buy paper pattern (Amazon) | Watch online course on Creative Bug

These wide-leg pants are great for smart work outfits. The pattern even has a matching video course (note: these are sold separately).

Sizes: US 10 – 28W (Europe: 36 – 54). Hip measurements: 34.5″ – 52″.

Design features: High waist (it sits 1″ below the waist). Wide legs. Front fly with 7″ zip and a button. 3 leg lengths. 2 pockets.

Recommended fabrics: medium to heavyweight fabrics. For example, denim, wool, and twill-weave fabrics.

Format: a paper pattern that’s shipped to you.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits intermediate sewists, but the matching video course will make it much easier to sew.


Formal work pants with zipper fly (free pdf)

a woman wearing grey straight leg cigarette pants.
Images courtesy of The Fabrics Store.

Download now from The Fabrics Store ($0)

Sizes: US 0/2 – 28/30.

Design features: relaxed fit. Side pockets. Front fly with zipper and button. Pleats. Belt loops.

Recommended fabrics: medium to heavyweight woven fabrics with no stretch. For example, linen, gabardine, etc.

File format: PDF. US letter & A4 print-at-home sizes.

Instructions included? yes, in this blog post.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits intermediate sewists.


Wide leg pants with button closure & zip (free pdf)

Front and back views of a woman wearing blue wide leg pants.
Images courtesy of Peppermint Magazine.

Download now from Peppermint Mag ($0)

Sizes: 10 sizes. Waist measurement: 24″ – 45 1/2” (61cm – 116cm).

Design features: High-waisted. Wide legs. Fly front with a 7″ zip and button closure. 2 back darts. 2 side pockets.

Recommended fabrics: medium to heavyweight fabrics with no stretch. For example, cotton twill, linen, corduroy, or denim.

File format: PDF. US letter or A4 print-at-home sizes. A0 copy shop size.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits intermediate sewists.


Wide leg pants with elastic back

a woman wearing brown wide leg pants, and a sewing pattern line drawing.
Images courtesy of True Bias.

Download now from True Bias ($14)

Sizes: US 0 – 18. Waist measurement: 26″ – 38.5″ (66cm – 98cm).

Design features: cropped pants or shorts. Flat waistband at the front and elastic at the back, so they’re pull-on pants. Wide legs. Front pleats. Side pockets. High-waisted or mid-rise options.

Recommended fabrics: light to medium weight woven fabrics with no stretch. For a more structured look, try linen, chambray, and cotton. For a drapey look, try rayon challis.

File format: PDF print-at-home and copy shop sizes. Or a paper version that gets shipped to you.

Beginner-friendly? yes.

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Drapey wide leg pants with pleats & side zip

a woman wearing navy wide-leg pants, and sewing pattern line drawings.
Images courtesy of Simplicity.

Buy Simplicity 8457 paper pattern (Amazon)

Sizes: US 10 – 18 and 20W – 28W.

Design features: wide legs. Side pockets. Front pleats. Back darts. Full or cropped length. Invisible zipper closure at the side. Optional cuffs. Separate pattern pieces are included for slim, average, and curvy fits.

Recommended fabrics: light to medium weight woven fabrics with drape. For example, crepe, georgette, gabardine, and silky fabrics. For a more structured look, try lightweight denim or linen fabrics.

Format: a paper pattern that’s shipped to you.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits beginners with some experience.


Wide leg pants with buttons

2 women wearing wide leg pants, and sewing pattern line drawings.
Images courtesy of Burda.

Buy Burda 6573 paper pattern (Amazon)

Sizes: US 6 – 18.

Design features: interesting waistband. Buttons as a design detail. Invisible zipper at the center back seam. Wide legs. Full and cropped lengths.

Recommended fabrics: medium to heavyweight fabrics for a structured look. For example, denim, wool, etc.

Format: a paper pattern that’s shipped to you.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits beginners with some experience.


Flowy palazzo pants

These are a much wider version of ‘wide leg pants’ and are often made with lightweight, drapey fabrics.

Palazzo pants with invisible zipper

women wearing red and green wide leg palazzo pants, and sewing pattern line drawings.
Images courtesy of Vogue Patterns.

Buy Vogue v1772 paper pattern (Amazon)

Sizes: S – XXL.

Design features: loose-fitting palazzo pants. Lined. Deep pleats at the front and back. Invisible zipper in the center back seam. Or a fly front zipper. Side seam pockets.

Recommended fabrics: light to medium weight woven fabrics with drape. For example, charmeuse, cotton fabrics, lightweight gabardine, etc.

Format: a paper pattern that’s shipped to you.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits beginners with some experience.

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Palazzo pants with zipper fly (free pdf)

diy palazzo pants with large blue, red, and yellow flowers. And a sewing pattern line drawing.
Images courtesy of Mood Fabrics.

Download now from Mood Fabrics ($0)

Sizes: US 0/2 – 30. Waist measurement: 24 1/2” – 49 1/2“.

Design features: very wide palazzo legs. Front fly with a 9″ zipper and magnetic snap (you could replace this with a button). Pleats at the front. Hidden in-seam pockets. Belt loops.

Recommended fabrics: drapey medium weight woven fabrics with no stretch. For example, crepe, viscose, tencel, rayon, silk, etc.

File format: PDF. US letter print-at-home size (you can print this on A4 paper too. There will just be a bigger margin around the pattern, creating more paper waste).

Instructions included? yes, they’re in this blog post.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits beginners with some experience.


Wide-leg palazzo pants with a unique bow

woman wearing blue wide leg pants, and 4 sewing pattern line drawings
Images courtesy of Megan Nielsen.

Download the regular or plus size pattern from Megan Nielsen (PDF: $18.55, paper: $22.41)

Sizes: US 0 – 20 and US 14 – 30. Waist measurements: 24″ – 48″ (61cm – 122cm).

Design features: wide-leg cropped pants or shorts. High-waisted. 2 waistband options: bow or buttons. Side pockets. Opens at the side. Tucks and darts. No zipper.

Recommended fabrics: light to medium weight woven fabrics with no stretch. For a structured look, try denim, linen, cotton poplin, suiting fabrics, etc. For a drapey look, try rayon and silk.

File format: PDF. US letter and A4 print-at-home sizes. US or A0 copy shop sizes. Or get the paper pattern shipped to you.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits beginners with some experience.


Palazzo pants with tiered ruffles

a woman wearing floral palazzo pants with ruffles, and a sewing pattern line drawing.
Images courtesy of McCall’s.

Download pdf pattern from McCall’s ($19.95) | Buy McCall’s m8098 paper pattern (Amazon)

Sizes: XS – XXL.

Design features: pull-on pants with an elastic waistband. Full-length or cropped. Ruffled side panels.

Recommended fabrics: lightweight fabrics that drape. For example, georgette, rayon, crepe, etc.

File format: PDF. US letter and A4 print-at-home sizes. Or get the paper pattern shipped to you.

Beginner-friendly? yes.


Paperbag waist pants

Paperbag pants with elastic waistbands

2 women wearing paperbag waist pants, and sewing pattern line drawings.
Images courtesy of Megan Nielsen.

Download the regular or plus size pattern from Megan Nielsen (PDF: $18.55, paper: $22.41)

Sizes: US 0 – 20 and US 14 – 30. Waist measurements: 24″ – 48″ (61cm – 122cm).

Design features: High waist. Relaxed fit. Tapered or wide legs. Paperbag waist and/or elastic waist. Inseam or patch pockets. Back pockets. Belt loops. Belt. Full and short lengths.

Recommended fabrics: medium to heavyweight fabrics. For a structured look, try linen or cotton poplin. For a drapey look, try rayon, tencel, viscose, crepe, or satin.

File format: PDF. US letter and A4 print-at-home sizes. US or A0 copy shop sizes. Or get the paper pattern shipped to you.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits beginners with some experience.

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Paperbag pants with zip closure (free pdf)

a woman wearing brown check paperbag waist pants, and a free sewing pattern line drawing
Images courtesy of Sew Magazine.

Download now from Sew Mag ($0)

Sizes: UK 8 – 20.

Design features: Paper bag waist. Loose fit. Darts. A fly front with a 20cm zip. Hook and bar closure. Belt.

Recommended fabrics: medium-weight fabrics with no stretch. For example, cotton, linen, and suiting fabrics.

File format: PDF. Print-at-home A4 size.

Instructions included? yes, in this blog post. The instructions are brief. No pictures, illustrations, or videos are included. If you’re a visual learner, you might struggle to follow it.

Beginner-friendly? I think this suits people who have made pants before. The instructions include no photos, illustrations, or videos, and there’s quite a lot of sewing jargon. I wouldn’t recommend this pattern if you’re new to sewing.


Paperbag pants with elastic waistband (free pdf)

a woman wearing green paperbag waist pants, and a sewing pattern line drawing.
Images courtesy of Mood Fabrics.

Download now from Mood Fabrics ($0)

Sizes: US 0/2 – 30. Waist measurement: 24 1/2” – 49 1/2“.

Design features: High waist. Elastic waistband. Paper bag style. Belt. Patch pockets at the front, and fake back pockets. Bottom cuffs.

Recommended fabrics: medium-weight fabrics with no stretch. For example, cotton, linen, and suiting fabrics.

File format: PDF. US letter print-at-home size (you can print this on A4 paper too. There will just be a bigger margin around the pattern, creating more paper waste).

Instructions included? yes, in this blog post.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits beginners with some experience.


Paper bag pants with elastic waistband (free pdf)

front and side view of a woman wearing white linen paperbag pants
Images courtesy of The Fabrics Store.

Download now from The Fabrics Store ($0)

Sizes: US 0/2 – 28/30.

Design features: loose fitting. Elastic waistband with paper bag waist ‘ruffles’. Pull-on pants. Hidden in-seam side pockets.

Recommended fabrics: medium weight woven fabrics with no stretch. For example, linen and cotton poplin.

File format: PDF. US letter & A4 print-at-home sizes.

Instructions included? yes, it’s in this blog post.

Beginner-friendly? yes.


Women’s cargo pants sewing pattern

Slim fit cargo pants with elastic waistband

a woman wearing grey cargo pants, and  sewing pattern line drawings.
Images courtesy of New Look Patterns.

Buy New Look N6644 paper pattern (Amazon)

Sizes: US 8 – 20. Waist measurement: 24″ – 34″.

Design features: pull-on pants with an elastic waistband. Drawstring. Turn-up tabbed hems or bottom cuffs. Hidden side seam pockets and patch pockets at the front and back.

Recommended fabrics: medium weight woven fabrics with no stretch. For example, chambray, cotton, and linen fabrics.

Format: a paper pattern that’s shipped to you.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits intermediate sewists.

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Loose fit cargo pants with elastic waistband

a woman wearing teal cargo pants, and sewing pattern line drawings.
Images courtesy of McCall’s.

Download pdf pattern from McCall’s ($19.95) | Buy McCall m8099 paper pattern (Amazon)

Sizes: S – XL.

Design features: elastic waistband. Pockets at the front and back. Optional elastic cuff at the ankle. 2 lengths: ankle and shorts.

Recommended fabrics: medium to heavyweight woven fabric. For example, cotton poplin, denim, twill weave fabrics, etc.

File format: PDF. US letter and A4 print-at-home sizes. Or get the paper pattern shipped to you.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits beginners with some experience. You might want to skip the cargo pockets to make it easier.


Wide-leg cargo-style pants

a woman wearing green cargo pants, and sewing pattern line drawings.
Images courtesy of Simplicity.

Buy Simplicity S8889 paper pattern (Amazon)

Sizes: US 6 – 24. EUR 32 – 50.

Finished garment hip measurement: 40 1/2″ – 57″.

Design features: wide legs. Button front. Pockets at the front and sides. Belt loops. Pleats. Turn-up cuffs at the bottom.

Recommended fabrics: medium weight woven fabrics with some drape. For example, challis, crepe, gabardine, etc.

Format: a paper pattern that’s shipped to you.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits intermediate sewists.

Instructions included? yes. A free video sewing tutorial is also available on Youtube.


Jeans sewing patterns

High waist, wide leg jeans

a woman wearing blue wide leg jeans, and sewing pattern line drawings.
Images courtesy of Simplicity.

Buy Simplicity 8701 paper pattern (Amazon)

Sizes: US 6 – 24. EUR 32 – 50.

Finished garment hip measurement: 35 1/2″ – 51 1/2″.

Design features: wide legs. High waisted. 7″ zipper fly and button closure. 2 patch pockets at the front. Back darts. Optional waist tie and belt loops.

Recommended fabrics: medium to heavyweight woven fabrics. For example, denim, chino, cotton, linen, twill weave fabrics, etc.

Format: a paper pattern that’s shipped to you.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits intermediate sewists.

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Skinny jeans with zipper fly

front and back view of a woman wearing skinny jeans, and sewing pattern line drawings.
Images courtesy of Simplicity.

Buy Simplicity 8516 paper pattern (Amazon)

Sizes: US 6 – 22. EUR 32 – 48. Waist measurement: 23″ – 37″.

Design features: skinny jeans. Separate pattern pieces for slim, average, and curvy fit. Zipper fly with button. Front and back pockets. Belt loops.

Recommended fabrics: medium to heavyweight woven fabrics. Ideally with some stretch. For example, stretch denim, corduroy, chino, etc.

Format: a paper pattern that’s shipped to you.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits intermediate sewists.

Instructions included? yes. A free video sewing tutorial is also available on Youtube.


High waisted jeans with button fly (4 styles)

women wearing pink, blue, and navy jeans, and a sewing pattern line drawing.
Images courtesy of Megan Nielsen.

Download the regular or plus size pattern from Megan Nielsen (PDF: $21.64, paper: $24.73)

Sizes: US 0 – 20 and US 14 – 30. Waist measurements: 24″ – 48″ (61cm – 122cm).

Design features: High waist. Fitted at the waist and hips. 4 styles: tapered, straight, or wide leg, and shorts version. Tall, regular, and cropped lengths. Front fly with multiple buttons (no zip). Front and back pockets. Belt loops.

Recommended fabrics: rigid, heavyweight fabrics like denim, linen, twill weave fabrics, and corduroy.

File format: PDF. US letter and A4 print-at-home sizes. US or A0 copy shop sizes. Or get the paper pattern shipped to you.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits intermediate sewists.


Stretchy jeans with zipper fly (4 styles)

4 blue jeans, and sewing pattern line drawings.
Images courtesy of Megan Nielsen.

Download the regular or plus size pattern from Megan Nielsen (PDF: $21.64, paper: $24.73)

Sizes: US 0 – 20 and 14 – 30. Waist measurements: 24″ – 48″ (61cm – 122cm).

Design features: 4 styles: skinny, slim, flare, and wide leg. Tall, regular, and cropped lengths. Front fly with zipper closure and button. Front and back pockets. Belt loops.

Recommended fabrics: stretch denim with 2% elastane/spandex/lycra and at least 15 – 20% stretch.

File format: PDF. US letter and A4 print-at-home sizes. US or A0 copy shop sizes. Or get the paper pattern shipped to you.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits intermediate sewists.

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High waist, wide leg jeans with button fly & big pockets

2 women wearing wide leg pants with button flys and pockets, and sewing pattern line drawings
Images courtesy of True Bias.

Download now from True Bias ($14)

Sizes: US 0 – 18. Waist measurement: 26″ – 38.5″ (66cm – 98cm).

Design features: high waist. Wide legs. 3 lengths: shorts, ankle length, and boot length. Big patch pockets at the front and back. Button fly. Belt loops.

Recommended fabrics: medium to heavyweight fabrics with little to no stretch, such as twill, linen, corduroy, and denim.

File format: PDF print-at-home and copy shop sizes. Or a paper version that gets shipped to you.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits intermediate sewists.


‘Moto’ jeans with pintucked panels

women wearing blue and pink jeans with pintuck details
Images courtesy of DIBY.

Download now from DIBY ($14.99)

Sizes: 00 – 36. Waist meaurement: 24″ – 59 3/4“.

Design features: tight fit. Pintuck panels. Mid-rise or high-rise. Ankle and capri lengths. Front and back pockets. Belt loops.

Recommended fabrics: heavyweight woven fabrics with stretch. For example, stretch denim.

File format: PDF. US letter and A4 print-at-home sizes. A0 copy shop sizes.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits intermediate sewists.


Unique jeans with triangle yoke detail

front and back view of a woman wearing white jeans. And sewing pattern line drawings.
Images courtesy of McCall’s.

Download pdf pattern from McCall’s ($19.95) | Buy McCall’s m8045 paper pattern (Amazon)

Sizes: US 6 – 14 and 14 – 22.

Design features: button front. Slim fit. Triangular yoke detail at the front. Front and back pockets. Belt loops. A center seam that gives you color-blocking opportunities.

Recommended fabrics: medium to heavyweight woven fabrics. For example, denim, twill weaves, linen, chino, etc.

File format: PDF. US letter and A4 print-at-home sizes. Or get the paper pattern shipped to you.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits intermediate sewists.

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Flare pants sewing pattern

Flared jeans

front and back view of a woman wearing blue denim flare pants, and sewing pattern line drawings.
Images courtesy of McCall’s.

Download pdf pattern from McCall’s ($19.95) | Buy McCall’s m8077 paper pattern (Amazon)

Sizes: US 6 – 14 and 14 – 22.

Design features: flared hems. Fly front with 7″ zipper and hook and eye closure. Belt loops. Optional front and back patch pockets.

Recommended fabrics: medium to heavyweight woven fabrics like denim, chino, twill weaves, etc.

File format: PDF. US letter and A4 print-at-home sizes. Or a paper pattern that’s shipped to you

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits intermediate sewists.


Flare pants

a woman wearing black flare pants against a green backdrop, and sewing pattern line drawings.
Images courtesy Vogue Patterns.

Buy Vogue 1640 paper pattern ($30)

Sizes: US 6 – 22.

Design features: flared. Above ankle length. Fly front zipper with a button, and hook and bar closure. Optional belt loops.

Recommended fabrics: medium to heavyweight woven fabrics with some stretch. For example, gabardine or medium weight denim.

Format: a paper pattern that’s shipped to you.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits intermediate sewists.


Harem pants sewing patterns

Harem pants are typically very baggy at the top, close-fitting at the ankles, and have a dropped crotch.

Harem pants with elastic shirring

a woman wearing red harem pants, and a sewing pattern line drawing
Images courtesy of Burda.

Buy Burda 6316 paper pattern (Amazon)

Sizes: US 6 – 20.

Design features: harem pants with elastic shirring at the waist. There are 2 lengths: full and 3/4. Optional patch pockets.

Recommended fabrics: lightweight drapey fabrics. For example, viscose, rayon, cotton, etc.

Format: a paper pattern that’s shipped to you.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits beginners with some experience.

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Harem pants with elastic waistband & drawstring

a woman wearing silky green harem pants, and sewing pattern line drawings.
Images courtesy of Kwik Sew.

Buy Kwik Sew 3701 paper pattern (Amazon)

Sizes: XS – XL. Waist measurement: 22 1/2″ – 37″ (57cm – 94cm).

Design features: loose fit. Full length or cropped. Hidden in-seam pockets. Elastic waistband and drawstring. Optional drawstrings at ankles.

Recommended fabrics: lightweight woven fabrics that drape. For example, charmeuse, silk, rayon, challis, gauze, and georgette.

Format: a paper pattern that’s shipped to you.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits beginners with some experience.


Wrap pants sewing patterns

Faux wrap skirt with pants/shorts attached

a woman wearing pink wrap pants, and sewing pattern line drawings.
Images courtesy of Simplicity.

Buy Simplicity s9111 paper pattern (Amazon)

Sizes: US 6 – 24. EUR 32 – 50.

Finished garment hip measurement: 35″ – 51 1/2″.

Design features: faux wrap skirt with pants or shorts attached. Multiple lengths. Invisible zipper in the center back seam. D-rings on the belt. Darts. Pleats.

Recommended fabrics: medium weight drapey fabrics. For example, crepe, viscose, challis, etc.

Format: a paper pattern that’s shipped to you.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits intermediate sewists.


Symmetrical wrap overlay pants

a woman wearing white wrap pants, and sewing pattern line drawings.
Images courtesy of Vogue Patterns.

Buy Vogue V1702 paper pattern ($35)

Sizes: US 6 – 22.

Design features: Wide legs. Lined pants. Waistband. Back zipper and hook and eye fastening. Wrap overlay with pleats.

Recommended fabrics: lightweight woven fabrics with drape. For example, crepe, chiffon, challis, georgette, etc.

Format: a paper pattern that’s shipped to you.

Beginner-friendly? I think it suits intermediate sewists.


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