The high-waisted paper bag pant seems to pop up everywhere you look! I’ve always personally loved this style of pants but wasn’t quite sure if it would actually be flattering on me. That’s why I was so excited to try Mood Fabrics’ Primrose Pant free sewing pattern; the fit is perfect! I’m in love with the over-sized patch pockets, and the back faux welt pockets add such a stylish detail. I didn’t have to worry about front pleats or darts that can sometimes look bulky. I’m so ready to rock these as soon as the weather warms up! Mood has a great variety of crisp linens and cotton chambray that would work just as well! This is such a great Spring and Summer pant. How would you style yours? Make sure to let us know!
Purchase Materials Used Below:
- 3 yards of Deep Lichen Green and White Pencil Stripe Linen
- 2 pc Brown Horn 4-Hole Buttons
- MDF126 – The Primrose Pants – Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
Here’s how to sew:
With the right sides of the fabric together, pin the fronts together and stitch along the rise. Do the same for the backs then press.
Turn the edges of the pockets and stitch them in place. Mark the placement of the pockets on the front of the pant.
Pin pockets to the pant front, lining them up with the side seams and stitch them in place.
Next, mark the placement of your faux back pockets and baste stitch your welts in place as shown.
Clip down the center and snip close into each corner without cutting through your stitching line.
Turn welts and press. Topstitch around your pocket opening and add your button to finish.
Pin pants together along the side seams and stitch in place. Do the same for the inseam. Press all seams.
Fold down the waistband and turn under the seam allowance creating the casing for the elastic. Stitch along the bottom edge leaving a small 2-3″ opening for inserting the elastic.
Use a safety pin to guide your elastic through the casing. Once it’s pulled through, stitch both ends of the elastic together and close the opening for the casing.
Now you can move onto the bottom cuff. I cut my cuff along the cross grain in order to have a horizontal pinstripe.
Stitch the cuff along the side seam. Next, fold it down in half. Pin the top layer of the cuff to the leg opening and stitch in place. Turn under the seam allowance on the inside free edge and stitch in place. Press to finish.
The last thing you need to do is assemble your belt. I didn’t add belt loops to my pant, but those can be easily self-drafted according to your preference.
Make sure to press your belt and that’s it, you’re done! I love the way my Primrose Pants turned out! They are super comfy, and I know they will be perfect for the warmer months.
Let us know how you plan to wear yours!
Yes, it’s a really great easy pattern! I love them. Thanks!
It seems easy enough for a “high-beginner”; I am going to try it!
Hi Sofia! Yes, this pattern is super easy and fun! Give it a try!
What size elastic am I supposed to use?
Hi, Lisa! 1/2″ elastic is good for this project. 🙂
Hi Yvette! you are so welcome! Glad you like them!
Love this design!!
What exciting internet site!!! I am so excited to try your patterns!! Phyllis Gatto.
Thank you Phyllis! We are so happy to know you like the site! Have fun shopping and enjoy your free patterns!
i neeed these pants in my life!
This pant is awesome! I think I need to make another pair! 🙂
I would like to have my local printer print this pants pattern as one sheet of paper, an AO shop copy.
Do you offer this pattern like that?
Unfortunately our patterns are currently only offered in US Letter PDF format.
Thank you so much
The materials don’t list the amount of elastic needed, does that vary based on size? I saw the Primrose shorts call for 1 yard, does that work for larger sizes as well?
Hi Courtney, to get the length for your elastic just use your waist measurement minus 2″. This will ensure you have the proper amount of gathering and support.
Would this pattern work as shorts as well or would it be to fitted through the thigh?
Hi Ang, we actually have this pattern available as shorts as well! You can find them here.
I am very confused with the instructions. In the first step, do I have to sew all the way down, if I do, I don’t understand as the two from pieces will be completely attached.
Hi Martha! No, the first step is just stitching along the rise of the pants (from waist to inseam).
My name is Primrose, I guess these were meant for me.
The printed pattern shows a jog or sort of zig zag in the cutting line near the front crotch. I don’t understand what this is for.
Hi Diane – that’s the placket for the faux fly, however you can fold it back and cut straight up to the waist if you’d prefer to skip it!
Love the pants!!! Are the seamallowences included?
Yes, a half inch seam allowance is already included! 🙂
Hi!! I’ve never done welts before and I am struggling to understand how they work 🙁 Are you pinning the welts on the right or wrong side of the fabric in that first photo? And are they two separate little strips of fabric?
Hi Bec! We have an illustrated tutorial for welt pockets here!
Really love the pattern.. Thank you so much
c’est magnifique, tellement bien fait!
Great pattern! If you are 5’1 like me, you might want to modify the pattern slightly so that the taper is right for a much shorter leg, as these are meant for a much taller woman. Once I trimmed them to the length I wanted, I found myself having to take the legs in quite a bit to make the cuff fit on. I could have gone for a larger cuff but I figured the slim look would be better for my small frame. (I was right, they look great, and I now need to make six more pairs)
Thanks for this reply! I’m 5′ and am measuring the length in my size at 43″ without the cuff – that’s a dress for me, lol.
Anywho, to avoid the excess width in the cuff area, I’m going to use Nancy Zieman’s pant shortening technique. Should keep the pattern relatively the same but much shorter. Now to figure out if I should cut the smaller size to do away with more leg width and alter the waist, or just cut the larger size and be done, lol.
Short and petite person problems. 🙁
I’m finding them to be too large in genera (I wear a size 0-2 and have no butt lol)l so I think I’ll have to go looking for how to make a pattern smaller in general. I*’ll definitely save that shortening technique for later though because I do often need to shorten things. 🙂
Hi Susan – did you find the pants too large even though the pattern size matched your measurements? As in, do they fit large, or are they true to size and you are just smaller than the smallest size?
Hi Chevon I’m a beginner with sewing. Can this pattern be printed on one big page or will I have to piece it together..
Hi, Helen! The pattern can be printed on regular printer paper and taped together. 🙂
Hi! Can this pattern be sent in an A0 format?
Hello Sam, currently we offer our patterns in A4 and Letter format :).
Is it possible to extend the paper bag waist effect higher for a more dramatic effect? If so please explain how.
Hi Sasha, yes it’s possible. Simply extend the top of the waist on the paper pattern until you reach your desired length. 🙂