Everyone knows that sewing gives you superpowers. First on that long list is the ability to break the rules and make garments that represent you and your taste. We want to encourage you to think of our patterns as a blank canvas that you can customize to truly suit your style.
Our pattern hacks are designed to teach you hacking basics that help you customize patterns so that you can become a confident pattern hacker. Each month, we will show you how to draft and sew one new pattern hack, and we’ll share links to two additional pattern hacks from our pattern hacks library.
These hacks help you give your Seamwork patterns a custom spin—all you need is paper, a ruler, and a pencil!
In this special edition of pattern hackers, I’ll be walking you through three different pants hacks. You’ll learn how to create a belt and belt loops, how to create elastic-back pants, and how to crop pants.
Note: For best results, be sure to make any necessary fit adjustments before hacking your pattern.
- The Marett pants
HACK ONE: Add a Belt and Belt Loops
With right sides together, fold the belt loops piece in half, lengthwise. Press.
Stitch along raw edge at 3/8”. Trim seam allowance in half, turn right side out, and press with seam centered.
Cut into six equal lengths.
Fold one bottom short edge of each belt loop to the wrong side at 1/4”. Press.
Baste belt loops to outer waistband at notches and side seams, with seam side facing down.
Finish assembling the waistband and attach to pants unit, being careful not to catch the lower edges of the belt loops.
After attaching the waistband unit to the pant unit, topstitch the folded lower edges of the belt loops to the pants unit.
With right sides together, fold the belt in half lengthwise.
Stitch, starting at the short ends of the belt and pivoting at the corner. Leave a 2” gap at the middle of the long edge, then continue sewing, pivoting at the second corner.
Trim seam allowances and clip corners.
Turn belt right side out and press. Hand or edgestitch the belt opening closed.
Assemble the pants legs according to the pattern instructions, omitting the zipper closure.
Assemble the waistband pieces by sewing at the side seams and joining the inner and outer waistband along the upper edge. Finish the lower edge of the inner waistband.
Attach the outer waistband to the pants unit. Grade the seam allowance and press up and away from the pants unit.
Fold the inner waistband to the inside of the pants. Stitch in the ditch along the back waist only. Insert the elastic into the back waistband and stitch in the ditch at the side seams to secure.
Stitch in the ditch along the front waistband.
Hem pants according to the pattern instructions.