Patternmaking Guide: Women's Pants

The Shapes of Fabric

This e-guide will teach you how to draft an array of styles for women’s pants. There’s no common theme for them, as the idea is to introduce a variety of waistlines, lengths, closures, pockets, and other details.

Included, are palazzo pants, lounge pants, tailored shorts with turned-up cuffs, and classic women’s pants that you can make with or without the pleats. You may then use this knowledge to create more pant styles by swapping elements of different designs: palazzo pants with turned-up cuffs, tailored shorts with pleats, lounge pants with classic pockets, etc. You could also change lengths and hemline widths.

The classic pant styles look their best in light to medium-weight wool, and other suiting fabrics. For the lounge pants, you could use jersey, flannel or satin, depending on the look you’re going for: tracksuit bottoms or pajama-style. 

Due to the complexity of the pants details, mainly the pockets, and also the complexity of fitting the pants, this Patternmaking Guide is classified as "Intermediate" in difficulty. It will be accompanied by the Basic Pants Block -guide.

Who is this product is for?

For anyone who has already sewn a few garments using commercial patterns and is now interested in learning how to draft their own unique patterns. 

Who isn’t this product for?

Although the pattern making instructions provided are very detailed, complete-beginner sewers may find drafting these patterns quite challenging. Even a small understanding of garment construction will be extremely helpful. Also, these e-guides do not include instructions on how to sew the garments, so this might become a problem.

What is included in the e-guide order?

Each guide comes with the corresponding basic pattern instructions. So, in this case, the  basic pants guide. This way you’ll be able to draft the basic block that is needed for making the different pants patterns, should you not have one yet. The basic pattern guides also include additional patternmaking instructions related to the subject.

Notice, that none of the patternmaking guides include the actual patterns. Instead, there are step-by-step instructions on how you can draft the pattern yourself using your measurements. The instructions consist of pictures and text and are limited to patternmaking only, so there are no sewing instructions. However, there is a Facebook group where I provide support if you need help with this.

You will get two versions of each PDF, metric and imperial; I know how difficult it can be to draft patterns and trying to convert measurements at the same time!


The patternmaking guides are for your personal use only, please do not publish or share the files or parts of them anywhere. Also, the garment designs provided are for personal use only, however, if you create your own pattern designs with the help of the instructions, this rule no longer applies to the resulting garments.

Return Policy

Due to the nature of digital goods, and the fact that you receive immediate access to the files, I cannot offer refunds or exchanges on the e-guides. So, please review the product information carefully before purchasing.

However, if there is a fault with the files or you get the incorrect items, do request a replacement.

Buy this

You'll get the Women's Pants Guide and the Basic Pants Block Guide PDF, both in two versions, metric and imperial. There's also a PDF with planning sheets for each pants design.

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