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Pleated trousers

4.5/5

A cool pair of trousers with front pleat and manipulation that shift side seam. It's an interesting pattern that can be a bit challenging and spices up a classic garment!

You can sew them in any medium weight fabric, with or without stretch. We suggest something a bit drapey (as crepe) for a smooth pleat.

Step 1

Trace a copy of your basic pant pattern with ease on circumferences (we suggest 2cm at waist and 3 to 5cm at hips) and a little ease (1cm should be enough) on crotch depth.

Adjust length to ankle or above.

Taper trousers from knee to hemline.

Step 2

Merge front and back at side seam from hip to hemline, then pick a point on front waistline 5 to 7cm past side seam and draw a slash line from this point to side seam at hemline.

Cut through the slash line.

Step 3

Now you got a smaller front and a wider back with some sort of dart in the upper part, where side seam was.

Pick a point on back waistline 2 to 3cm past side seam, square down to hipline and cut though the line.

Close the previous ‘dart’ opening its volume in the new slash line.

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