Designer elastic-waist pants

Elastic waist pants make for good easy and speedy patterns.
My previous post was on pyjama pants and plain elastic waist pants.

What about designer versions of elastic waist pants with more interesting style elements ?
These can bring elastic waist styles up from loungewear to wearable on the best of occasions.

The patterns I’ve picked out have :
waist darts
added hip pockets
vertical seam lines and other piecing interest
lantern legs
other lower leg features

I have’t included elastic waist pant patterns for knits or stretch wovens, or with very slim legs.
There are many from styleARC.
Or sweat/ yoga pants/ leggings, again multiple patterns from companies like Jalie and McCall’s.

There are also several patterns which combine an elastic-waist with a zip fly front, but I haven’t included them as this takes us into another realm of sewing technique.
There are even styles with a fake fly, that look as if they have a fly opening but don’t actually open. Which I confess I’ve always found a peculiar idea.

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Waist darts

With pants, you need extra ease for sitting down (I’m especially aware of this as my hips spread 4 inches/ 10 cm when I sit down – this isn’t true for everyone !) But you don’t need that extra ease at the waist for pulling pants on.

Loes Hinse’s speciality is to remove that extra bulk by adding waist darts.

Loes Hinse Basic Pleat Pant


These are similar but with slightly different legs :
Loes Hinse Oxford pant
Textile Studio Basic Pant (also designed by Loes Hinse)

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Tapered legs and featured Pockets

These are patterns with pockets as a visible style element. There are many elastic-waist patterns with near invisible side-seam pockets.

Cutting Line My Swing Set
(look for Cutting Line Designs under Store tab)


Cutting Line One-seam pants have straight and tapered leg options.


Louise Cutting is known for the quality of her instructions. But I don’t think this pattern is good for early beginners, as there’s a focus on altering the pattern to fit, and the basic instructions are mixed in with instructions for extra style details.

Her One-Seam Pants pattern is so well known it has its own discussion thread at Stitchers Guild.

Jalie pull on pants have similar pockets.


Dana Marie has a couple of patterns with vertical welt pockets, which definitely requires an upgrade of sewing skills.

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Seam detail

Vertical seam detail is popular, as it has a slimming effect. and also makes fitting easier.

Chado Ralph Rucci Vogue 1347 (drawstring waist) (Oh, I’ve just noticed these have a fly opening, which I said I wouldn’t include – but there’s a lot of interest in this pattern, so I won’t delete it. Just leave out the fly :D)


Sewing Workshop Plaza pant


Dana Marie Asymmetry styles have angled seams.


Two ways the extra seams can be enhanced.

This could be a good place for adding seam embellishment, see Craftsy class.

Or use the seaming to add fabric interest.
Here are a couple of patterns specifically for this.

Design and Planning Concepts Patchwerky pants.
Not clear from the photo, but one style has patches down the side, one style is made entirely from 5 in. squares.


Pavelka Design Patchy Pants
(use ‘sewing patterns’ link at bottom of page).


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Vertical seams adding cargo pockets

Cutting Line Easy Ageless Cool


There’s a discussion strand for this pattern at Stitchers’ Guild

Marcy Tilton Vogue 8499


Sewing Workshop Trio pant


This pocket position is probably not an ideal style for those of us with large hips or thighs relative to the rest of our body 😀

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Lantern legs with vertical back seam

Marcy Tilton Vogue 8712


Cutting Line Discover Something Novel


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Other hem details

Sewing Workshop Hudson pants have hem darts.


Louise Cutting’s One-seam pants, see earlier, can have hem darts, or a hem tab.
And Dana Marie Asymmetry pants, see earlier, have a hem cuff option.
Easy alterations to any pattern without other hem style elements.

Sewing Workshop Quincy pants have side seam pleats.


Marcy Tilton’s Vogue 8499 pants, see earlier, have pleats at knee level in the front pattern piece.

Sewing Workshop Urban pants have vertical seams leading to front hem vent with button loop.


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Personally, with my large hips, I don’t wear pant styles with added design interest as that leads the eye downwards and adds visual weight to my lower body. But many people love them, particularly though not exclusively people who are upper body dominant, or with a straight silhouette.

Lots of options here. This is a speciality of independent designers, and there are so many independent pattern designers these days, I’m sure I haven’t found all the possibilities !

Did you know elastic-waist pants can have so much design interest 😀

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Patterns and links available June 2013

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2 Comments on “Designer elastic-waist pants”

  1. I found your blog while looking up capsule wardrobes and am glad I did. Thank you for providing such detailed posts.

  2. Mary Says:

    I have been so focused on the Chado Ralph Rucci Vogue 1347 top that I neglected to notice the drawstring pants. Perfect for my beach capsule! Thank you 🙂

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