Facebook Email Pinterest Twitter X Instagram Tiktok Icon 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

Sign in or become an insider to access this story

Sign In

Make Tailored Trousers More Comfortable with a Secret Drawstring Waist

Tailored trousers with pleats are, by far, the pants style I wear the most. A fitted, somewhat rigid waistband is usually comfortable for me, but there are times when I feel too bloated for a tight waistband. I wanted a solution that maintains the tailored trousers look while providing flexibility along the waistline. I landed upon a simple hidden drawstring waistband that adds a few centimeters of growing room at the waist.

Similar trouser styles I found online place the drawstring openings at the center front. To eliminate bulk in front, I combined the idea of inserting a drawstring with one of my favorite trouser-making details, internal buttons with shaped fly guards. This meant that I could tie the drawstring off to my left side, essentially giving me an adjustable inner stay.

In this tutorial, I’ll walk through the simple patterns adjustments and trouser construction I completed to achieve a secretly adjustable waistband.

Pattern and Fabric Choice

For the pattern, I used a tried-and-true, self-drafted design featuring a fitted waistband, looser hips and thighs, double pleats, and straight legs. Feel free to try this drawstring addition on any trouser pattern with a fitted waist, such as the Tatjana Trousers, Cass Pants, or Protea Pants.

For the fabric, I used a wool/polyester blend suiting with a bit of spandex. I don’t usually go for stretch suiting, but the whole purpose of this pair was to maximize comfort without compromising the look. I decided that a slight stretch would be perfect. The Altınyıldız brand of suiting fabric was sourced from a local fabric store in Turkey and is unavailable online.

Pattern Adjustments

I didn’t want bunching at the waist when the trousers are worn on their tightest setting, so I avoided adding volume at the waist.…

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

Threads Insider

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

Start Your Free Trial

Already an Insider? Log in

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