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How to sew summer-wrap-around-pants

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This is how to sew a summer wrap-around pant! It's really easy to sew, only straight stitching lines and an easy pattern.

You may know this wrap around skirts that girls wear in summer?
If you live somewhere in southern asia it's no problem to wear them as a man, but here in central europe the people are not used to it and may give you strange looks.

But this wrap around technique is really good and so I made me a manly wrap around pants. If you use the right fabric it's even better than shorts! But you can of course make the the pants as long as you want, also short. ;-)

I used blue linen for mine. It's cool and looks good and you don't have to bother about orientation of the fabric.

 
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Step 1: Start with the pattern


Because I sewed my pants years ago, I couldn't make a detailed photo-documentation of all steps, but it's so easy, even beginners can do it. I provide sketches and pictures of the finished pants.

In the first picture you can see what the pattern looks like.
 Because it is a rather free design you don't need to worry too much about the size. Start with a fabric that is 10cm bigger and trim it in the end. If it gets too big, just make a new hem and trim the rest.

You need two size values: Your waits and the length of your legs, or the length that you want your pants to be.

linrodann1 year ago
I had looked at a bunch of wrap pants tutorials and was still confused, but your instructable (especially the diagram!) made it clear. I love my wrap pants. Thanks so much for your awesome instructable. ^_^
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I've been working on a pair of these. Birch Street patterns makes a pattern for it called "island pants'. I lost the instructions while working on it, but it's hard to go wrong with a little thought. What I'm wondering about is crating some way of keeping the pants closed at the lower end so that they can also serve as warm pants. I love the changeableness of the size and the non-restrictiveness of the design!
linrodann2 years ago
I looked at several different guides online for making these, and they were all confusing, but yours made perfect sense! I am wearing my new pair of wrap pants right now, and they're great. So easy! Thanks for making such a great instructable.
andyk75 (author)  linrodann2 years ago
Thanks for your comment! And have fun this summer with your new pants!
costumeraz4 years ago
These are terrific pants, no doubt, and certainly don't require a commercially-produced pattern. However, for those who just have to have a ready-made pattern, several versions of this have been published over the last 30-40 years! I made my first pair in the early 70's - a red-and-white, Italian tablecloth-type check - hehehe. I think that a nice solid linen would suit me much better today. As for those commercial patterns, Burda may have one, and either Simplicity, Butterick or McCalls, can't remember which right now, but as AndyK75 has shown, they really are simple, even without a pattern. One other thing, the layer that wraps 'underneath' can have an elastic casing across the top and be hooked at center back, instead of tied. This reduces the tie bulk under the outer layer and is still very, very comfortable. If you do this, then the outer layer gets a casing with a drawstring run through. Darn, now I need to go cut a few pairs of these!
shlanna4 years ago
I would love to make these pants, but the tutorial is really confusing. I'm not sure how the legs work, because it doesn't look like the pattern has any legs. Maybe you can help me? I love the look of these and would love to try to make a pair or two. I get from the top comment that the round part is where you put it around your middle. Can you explain the legs?
andyk75 (author)  shlanna4 years ago
Did the answer of oldhamedia help you?
Well I try short:
The orange thing is the crotch. Just sew the two parts together here.
Now look at the picture in step 5.
Put the crotch, where it should be and flap around the 4 ends. 
With the 'ribbons' or 'ties' the two ends of the back gets connected in the front. While the two front ends get connected in the back. 
The legs are open to the side and are just overlapped depending on how long the value 'A' is.
shlanna andyk754 years ago
oh yes, i totally get it now!!!! I'm going to make these this weekend!!!!! Thanks for explaining!
Andy, thanks for replying! I think it's getting clearer now. Is the circular space the same as that orange semi-circular cut-out shown in the diagram with step 2? I assume that is the crotch seam? I was a little confused about the ribbons at the hems..Are these the ties at the waist? I usually think of the hem as being at the bottom. I'm being too literal, I guess. I'd be glad to help you make up a pattern or template once I've figured it out entirely for myself and made a pair of pants. Wish me luck, and thanks for your instructable!
andyk75 (author)  dobeedobeedo4 years ago
Yes, indeed the orange thing is the crotch seam! Beside my missing sewing-knowledge I'm also no native english speaker... I was looking for this word 'crotch'.
And I think the 'ribbons at the hems' are really what you called ties at the waist. I only knew 'tie' as a piece of cloth that men wear around their neck.
I guess you're on the right track! Do you have a pattern of how normal pants are made? I might have a look at it 
indeepknit4 years ago
Wonderful Instructable! I'm going to try these as soon as I get a chance!
oldhamedia4 years ago
These are some of the easiest and most comfortable pants ever! I've made several pairs over the years and while it looks confusing, once you see how they go together, it all makes perfect sense. If the center seam is puzzling, imagine a regular pair of pants with the seams on the outside of the legs opened up from hip to the floor. The large U shape cut into the two pieces of fabric are sewn together and are what run from the front, under your crotch, and up the back - like the front and back center seams on regular pants. I've also made 'bloomers' of a fashion from this same pattern. Since I have thighs that touch, shorts crawl up and bunch in the crotch and wearing nothing under summer dresses causes chafing. A lightweight cotton pair of these in short length are the perfect solution for us big-legged gals! (I also add two more ribbons to the bottoms and tie them in a cute bow at knee level!) You have my vote! Good luck!
I love the CONCEPT, but I honestly cannot figure out the diagrams or directions. I'm a sewer, but I guess it's because I'm used to using a commercial sewing pattern, but this doesn't compute for me. For instance, in step 2 you refer to a "circular space inside the pants". I don't understand what that is. If anyone has used this pattern & instructions to actually construct these pants, it would be helpful to have input. Also, I'm not clear on the diagram or directions for step 6. Have been dying to make a pair of pants like these!
andyk75 (author)  dobeedobeedo4 years ago
No problem, I never learned sewing by anyone and just made it up by myself, and I might have a big problem reading pattern... ;-)
The 'circular space inside the pants' refers to the waist-size (?). In the picture I attached labeled 3. As the pants are flat until you wear it I didn't have no better idea to describe it.
In step 5 the red seam goes from your belly button to the lower end of your backside. Step 6 is a drawing of the front hem with the ribbon included, viewed from the side. You just fold over the fabric twice and put the ribbon inside before you sew it over.

I hope this helps you a little bit. Would you like to make a pattern? Maybe we can make a collaboration?
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deofthedead4 years ago
If I recall, it is in fact actually just called a 'flat felled seam' or a 'jeans seam' XD Ahh, I love this project so much. I have a pair of these I bought years ago, and I keep meaning to make myself another set too... Just the inspiration I needed! <3
piperjon4 years ago
These are similar to "Thai Fisherman Pants" at least in how they look, but those don't wrap around so much as they do fold-around, and they are seamed entirely. But they ARE unbearably comfy, that's for sure. And I would imagine that these are much more cost efficient to make than they are to buy, so WOOHOO! Great 'ible! - Pj
andyk75 (author)  piperjon4 years ago
Thanks for the hint. I searched the web a bit for the Thai fischerman pants and it seems that these are 'normal' pants, just that the waist is not closed by a zipper and a button, but with a ribbon.

I forgot to mention ONE REAL BIG ADVANTAGE:
This pants could be pulled on and off without the need to pull the leg through a tube! This is especially important for people with a leg in plaster!
Tinker834 years ago
Haks have got to be the most comfortable pants on earth. i have like five pairs. is epicsauce a word? it is now.
baltimoron4 years ago
I have something similar that I did with gauchos (just a shorter version of yours made with tshirts, "Refashioned T-Shirt Gauchos Tutorial"
omnibot4 years ago
Nice! I've been working on something similar, made a few but not as well as this. I'll be making theese from now on.
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