Threads Logo Threads Logo Facebook Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Headphones Icon Favorite Navigation Search Icon Forum Search Icon Main Search Icon Close Icon Video Play Icon Indicator Arrow Icon Close Icon Hamburger/Search Icon Plus Icon Arrow Down Icon Video Guide Icon Article Guide Icon Modal Close Icon Guide Search Icon
Insider

Sign in or become an insider to access this story

Sign In

Elastic Comfort for Tailored Trousers

A stylish new twist on elasticizing the waist, straight from the French
Threads #95, June/July 2001

Wandering through a market in Marseilles, France, on a recent vacation, I saw a man wearing a fascinating pair of slacks. The pants were fully tailored front and back, but directly above each side seam, at the waist, was a deep, V-shaped elastic insertion. I was so taken with this approach to adding comfort to trouser waists without spoiling the elegance of a traditional waistband finish that I couldn’t wait to get home and try it. 

The trousers shown here are the results, adapted to a women’s figure, and they’ve proven comfortable and sleek. In the drawings on below, I’ll show you step-by-step how to convert any basic pants pattern into an inset-elastic pant and show you how I constructed the pants shown here. In this case, I removed the entire existing waistband, finishing the pants with a faced waist that stops right at the waistline. As long as your pattern has side-seam detailing that could be cut away, you should be able to apply this insert idea, whether you remove the waistband or not.


Convert your pattern

Work on a copy of any well-tested pants pattern with a waistband, which won’t be used. The pattern can have either a cut-on or a sewn-on fly facing. If your chosen pattern has in-seam side pockets, you’ll need to convert them to slanted pockets or eliminate them.

Create inset opening

On pants front and back, mark one point 57⁄8 in. below waistline seam, and one 11⁄4 in. from the side seam.
Step 1. On pants front and back, mark one point 57⁄8 in. below waistline seam, and one 11⁄4 in. from the side seam.

Create facing Patterns

 

Start your 14-day FREE trial to access this story.

Start your FREE trial today and get instant access to this article plus access to all Threads Insider content.

Start Your Free Trial

Sign up for the Threads eletter

Get the latest including tips, techniques and special offers straight to your inbox.

Sign Up
×
Discuss

Threads Insider

Get instant access to hundreds of videos, tutorials, projects, and more.

Start Your Free Trial

Already an Insider? Log in

Subscribe to Threads today

Save up to 42% and get a free gift

Subscribe

Log in or become a member to post a comment.

More From Threads

Discussion Forum

Recent Posts and Replies

  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |

Threads Insider Exclusives

View All
View All

Shop the Store

View All
View More