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Pattern Review: Style Falcon, Secret Jeans Trouser

Threads #226, Summer 2024

Quick, Easy, Versatile Pants


Skill Level

This is an easy project to sew that a beginner with basic sewing skills will be able to tackle.

Size Range and Fitting

Sizes A to K for waists 33 inches to 47 inches and hips 40 inches to 54 inches.


Achieve a jeans look with denim and with lots of topstitching, or opt for a classic trouser style by choosing any bottom-weight fabric.

Secret Jeans Trouser Style and Sewing Details

Close up of the curved front pocket on the Style Falcon Secret Jeans Trouser
Photo: Jack Deutsch

These comfortable, everyday pants are designed with the mature figure in mind. The center-front seam is shaped to accommodate a tummy. This pull-on style has a 14-3/4-inch-wide leg opening, slightly curved three-piece faced waistband, and side-front pockets with a curved opening. The back has a casing for a 1-inch-wide elastic, allowing for adjustment to the wearer’s preferred fit. Back darts add further shaping. There are optional patch pockets. This is a design that will become your go-to pants pattern once you have adjusted the fit to your preference. 

• The directions are excellent. For an engaging tutorial, go to the Style Falcon YouTube channel for step-by-step sewing guidance from the designer. 

• In step 6, for clarity our tester would add “with right sides together.”

• In step 9B, for the patch pockets, a 1-inch-wide foldline is marked, which is the finished pocket edge. Press the edge under by 1 inch, then fold the raw end in by 1/2 inch and press again.

• Our seamstress noted that the waistline notches on the trouser fronts and front pockets don’t line up. However, it’s easy to position the pieces by aligning the pieces’ raw edges.

• Consider adding embroidery to the pockets. Also add rivets or stones along the pocket edges.

• If you’re adding topstitching and/or edgestitching, use an edge-stitching foot to maintain accuracy.

Illustrations: Steven Fleck



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