Indie trouser inspirations

Hey everyone! How’s Smarty Pants month working out for you?

Still keen to make a pair of pants, but not sure which ones to choose? Or maybe you’ve made some already, fallen in love with making trousers, and are looking around for some more to make? Either way, here’s a round-up of some of the trouser patterns out there by indie designers.

Firstly,some classic styles:

Papercut – Pleated Pants

The Pleated Pants from Papercut feature a slim fit leg, fly front opening, wide shaped waistband, side pockets, and (of course!) soft pleats at the front.

Sewaholic – Thurlow pants

Chances are you’ll already be familiar with the Thurlow pants from Sewaholic. Designed with pear-shaped ladies in mind, these ones sit below the waistline, have a slightly flared leg, and feature both front slash pockets and back welt pockets. (I’m making a pair of them right now for Smarty Pants month! Go on, join me!! 😉 )

Colette – Juniper

From Colette patterns comes Juniper – a pair of classic wide-leg trousers that are fitted through the hip then fall gently down into a wide cuff, and feature slash pockets and a fly front.

Skinny-leg styles

Named – Jamie Jeans

From (quite new) Finnish label Named come the Jamie jeans – sitting on the regular waist, and featuring contrast details on the unusual front pockets.

Papercut – Peter and the Wolf pants

The Peter and the Wolf pants from Papercut have some rather interesting and unusual features – a scalloped hem at the front, centre front and back seaming on the legs, and back and half front yoke details that work well in contrast fabrics.

Colette – Clover pants

For a bit of 1950’s style, here are the Clover pants from Colette. Classic slim pants with a side zipper and either ankle or mid-calf length.

Shorts for warmer weather (or with tights!)

Deer&Doe – Chataigne shorts

From French label Deer&Doe come the Chataigne shorts – featuring yoke detailing, inverted box pleats, and your choice of regular or high waist.

Megan Nielsen – Tania culottes

From Australia this time come the Tania culottes from Megan Nielsen. Sure, they look like a full circle skirt, but they’re actually shorts! Perfect for those who aren’t really trouser/shorts wearers but want to sew along with Smarty Pants anyway. (Or for those who live in very windy places, or ride bikes, or….)  (Yeah, I know – tiny image.  I had trouble grabbing decent-sized ones off her website.  😦 )

Grainline Studio – Maritime shorts

This cute little all-rounder pair of shorts are from Grainline Studio – the Maritime shorts. They have curved front pockets, stylised back patch pockets, and a fly front.

Are leggings pants? If you want to count them for this challenge….

Cake – Espresso Leggings

The Espresso leggings from Cake have the ‘classic’ Cake sizing – almost a paint-by-numbers using your own measurements, so they’re custom fitted exactly to you.

Megan Nielsen – Virginia leggings

Another one from Megan Nielsen – the Virginia leggings are another nice, simple legging pattern with an elastic waist. These ones also come with two waist height options – high, or low/maternity rise.

Named – Sara Ankle Zip leggings

Feel like adding a little bit extra challenge to your leggings? Here’s the Sara Ankle Zip leggings from Named. Featuring front and back seams, zips at the ankles, and an exposed-zip closure at the back, these can be made in firmer fabrics as well, meaning they really straddle the line between trousers and leggings.

And there we have it
A short round-up of just some of the many indie designers patterns out there. Now get out there, and get sewing some pants! 😉

6 thoughts on “Indie trouser inspirations

  1. Thanks for the pattern links! I am currently trying my hand at ‘skinny trousers’, but bought a Burda pattern (7141 to be exact). They don’t have as much style as some of these, (I really like the Named jeans, I wonder if their sizing would work for me?) but for my first ‘pants’, they’ll do just fine!


    • I saw that Alida Makes used the Named jeans pattern for her pink outfit for Project Sewn this week – they looks pretty fabulous!


    • You’re most welcome. 🙂 Are you tempted/inspired by any of them? (The more I look at them, the more of them I want to make, haha!)


      • Wellll, got Colette – Juniper from Santa so should be doing that, but am thinking something else just now: heavy fleece & flannel. Never did pj bottoms, so that might be my decision. 🙂


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