Who doesn’t want a comfy pair of pants for the workplace? With Mood’s latest, The Linda Pants, you’ll find a tapered, breathable pair of trousers ideal for the transition from working from home to working at an office. I designed this pattern to specifically cater to the adaptive needs of those with endometriosis. The elasticized waist makes for a comfortable wear, and a much easier sew. Plus, it has a little extra room in the front to accommodate for endo belly. You can easily whip up this pattern on a good day, and rock them on a flare day! While this pattern is adaptive, anyone can rock these pants for an ultra-cozy, ultra-chic alternative to traditional trousers!
Purchase Materials Used Below:
- 2-3 yards Grasmere Bright Gold Medium Weight Linen Woven
- 1-2 yards White Knitted Elastic Trimming – 0.75″
- MDF294 – The Linda Pants Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
Here are some ways you can change and adapt this pattern to your own needs:
- Open the side seams about 5″ and add snaps or Velcro.
- Adjust the rise, or seat, of the pants pattern so it is lower in the front and higher in the back. This adaptation is particularly useful for anyone in a wheelchair.
1. Print, tape, and cut out pattern.
2. Pin pattern pieces to fabric and cut out.
3. Notch all your notches that are indicated on your pattern pieces.
4. Pin center front together and stitch.
5. Pin and sew the center back seam.
6. Pin and sew pockets on the side seam.
7. Clip the top corner of the pocket and clip ½’’ at the bottom where the end of the pocket is.
8. Press pocket flat and pin in place. Top stitch around the opening, removing pins while you sew.
9. Pin the back of the pocket and sew the top and bottom shut.
10. Fold the waistband ½,’’ then 1 ½’’. Pin and stitch around the waistband, leaving an opening for the elastic to thread through.
11. Thread the elastic through, stitch elastic together, then stitch the waistband shut.
12. Fold the hem of the pants ¼’’, then 1’’ and topstitch.
13. Press pants and wear them out on the town!
Endo belly pants ?? Ok that’s so cool!! Elastic at the waist give me sensory issues but I know this pattern will help a lot of non cis women endo sufferers cause having to wear big dresses on pain days can often lead to so much dysphoria for real. Really love what you’re doing and how you’re using your platform on moodfabrics
Hi Lula! Thank you so much, it means a lot. This pattern is all-gendered, meaning it’s versatile enough for any gender identity. 🙂
same here. Elastic waistbands make me uncomfortable but i would totally switch this for a fabric rope tie. That, i can control. I’m excited about this one.
These are really nice and a perfect pattern for me!
I love this! It will work perfect for me. I don’t have endometriosis but do have another issue that causes bloating and discomfort. I also have another issue that makes the quick on and off really important!
Just what I was looking for!! Thank you
I’m not sure what you mean in the instructions #7 about clip “1/2 at the bottom of the pocket. Am I just clipping the excess seam allowance or am I clipping it into the corner just like it shows at the top of the pocket?
Hi Lori! You will be clipping into the corner like at the top of the pocket. 🙂
Idea finish with a serger or would this one be better for a French seam?
Hi, Amanda! You can definitely do either – but I’d probably opt for serger with that fold-down waistband and pocket. 🙂
These are awesome. Made me a pair yesterday and love them. I need to reduce the belly room and shorten them, but I will definitely make them again. Thank you for this pattern!
These are awesome. Made them easily in one day – it’s quick once I figured out the pocket situation. For that I would have liked more pictures.
If you have the time, I would love to hear how you did the pockets because I am stuck on that as well.
Can someone please help me understand the pockets? all the tutorials for in seam pockets seem to not be folded pockets but rather 2 pieces of fabric
Hi Lauren! Here’s how to sew the pockets (all images referenced are in the original post):
1. Right sides together, lay the pockets down onto the front pants (as pictured below step 6). Sew together along the sides.
2. Trim seam allowance and clip the corner. Turn right side out and top stitch what you just sewed.
3. With the pants wrong side up, fold the pockets towards the side seams (as pictured below step 9). Press down to crease. Then sew along the top and bottom edge of each pocket (do not sew to the front pants yet).
4. After you sew your back pant legs together, pin them to the front pants, right sides together. The pocket should extend to the side seam, so when you sew the front pants to the back pants, you’ll actually be sewing the pocket to the back pants. (as pictured below step 8).
Hello! Which corner do we clip? I’m confused
Hi Sohayla! If you take a look at page A7 on the pattern, you’ll see an angled corner on the pocket. You’re going to clip into that corner, towards the dot (don’t go past the seam allowance though!). The clip can be seen in the image under step 7.
Hi Camille –
Thank you so much for this great pattern. I am having a hard time understanding how the pockets are constructed. I have never made pockets this way. In the picture, it looks like the pocket is sewn right sides together on the front pants potion, but I feel like that can’t be right because I don’t get how you would have a pocket opening. Again, thanks for accessible pants! Just need some help as a beginner sewist!
Hi, Ali! They’re mostly sewn like a typical inseam pocket – just with that extra inset detail on the front. This inseam tutorial may help you visualize it a bit better!
Lee, thank you so much!! Lol, I didn’t even know what type of pocket it was to look it up, so that link is super helpful.
PS – I made your Gambit dress in December and it is by far my favorite thing I’ve made since I started sewing. Really love and appreciate these resources from Mood!
Ahhh, I love that!! You’re so welcome – thanks for using our patterns! 🙂
Any recommendations on the best way to finish the seams if you dont have a serger? The fabric I am using for these pants frays even when pinked
Hi Grace! We have a handy guide to seam finishes here. You could try a bias bound/Hong Kong seam finish, or reinforce your pinked seam with a straight stitch on either seam allowance as an alternative. 😀
I just found your site and cant wait to try it out!
Made these, it took only a couple of hours. The pocket situation is confusing at first, but once I put the pattern pieces together, it just makes sense which way things go. Then the front and back of pants just sew together easily. I did have to significantly shorten the length by cutting through the thigh and calf of the pattern. Lovely smart casual comfy pants, I will definitely make again and experiment with different fabric.
Used these to make tie on pants just added fabric in the back to cover the butt. I may use them in a Halloween costume(morticia Addams) that I’m making of all mood patterns!
This is lovely, but could I make this in a light cotton?
Hi Setal! You could, but keep in mind that a lightweight cotton may have decreased opacity. 😀
Yes very true! Thanks so much! I’m actually thinking this is a great pattern to make as part of an indian trouser suit, so i’d wear them under a dress/long top
I have been suffering with endometriosis for 20 years (I am now 34). The disease has spread to my stomach, kidney, bowel and bladder and I have adenomyosis also. This disease is crippling and strengthening at the same time. I’d never imagined I’d ever be as strong as I am today, but I am left bedbound most of the time.
Keep up the awesome work! I have been researching and making my own line of endo/adeno clothing.
Hi Jayde! Thank you so much for sharing your story. It’s always inspiring to hear from another endo sister! I’m glad you enjoyed the pattern. 😀
At what point do we see the full length side seams? I don’t see it in the tutorial
I would sew the side seams after you finish the pockets! 🙂
Thank you! Sorry one more question-is the waistband on the front and back supposed to be a different height or do we line them up? In the pictures, it looks like the back is quite higher. Is there another pattern that explains how to sew the elastic in this style?
No worries! The back waist is going to come up a little higher to accommodate for the derriere ;). But you don’t have to make any adjustments to the pattern because of that. It’s all accounted for! Here’s how to sew the waistband and add elastic:
1. Fold & press the raw edge of the waistband down 1/2″ towards the inside of the pants, then fold & press again 1 1/2″. See the fold line on the pattern, if you need a visual.
2. Top stitch the folded edge down, leaving 2-3″ open for you to insert the elastic.
3. Cut the elastic to your desired length. Put a large safety pin into one end of the elastic, and guide it through the waistband. Once the elastic is in there, overlap the raw ends by 1/2″ and stitch together.
4. Close up the waistband by top stitching the opening from step 2.
Hi, does this pattern download have an A0 version? I want to send it to a pattern printing service but they don’t take the 8.5/11 format. Thanks!
Hi Grae! In order to keep our patterns free for everyone, we currently only offer them in US Letter & A4 format. 🙂
Am I losing my mind or do these steps leave out how you attach the back of the pants (and when) and like half the steps of pcokets?
Hi, I can’t find the measures for the elastic band , can someone please help me thank you 🙂
Has anyone made these without the pockets? I’m attempting to adapt these for a costume/cosplay look and don’t want the added fabric at the hips. Do all the other instructions still apply the same?
Hello! I’m fairly new to sewing. Do the circles on the front piece indicate where the pocket goes? Also, I’m unsure what the ‘T’ marks mean. Are they indicators for where to line the pieces up? (Sorry for the beginner questions)
Hello! No worries, we are happy to answer any questions you might have! Yes, the dots are used to match up pattern pieces, so the one on the front of the pant should match up with the dot on pocket piece. The little “T” marks are notches, which you’ll clip when you cut the fabric. The notches are also there to help you align the pattern pieces, as well as designate folds! 🙂
This was my first attempt at sewing with a pattern and second ever sewing project. Just FYI for other beginners, this leaves out several important steps/details, which I did not realize until around when I got to the pockets (that stumped me for quite a while!). I would not consider this a basic sewing pattern simply because it lacks many details/guidance in the steps to see the project to completion. Some additional visuals would have been enormously helpful too. All that to say that I still appreciate the free patterns as a launchpad for my new hobby.