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Pattern Roundup: Cropped Pants

Embrace early fall fashion with 10 patterns for this stylish shorter pant silhouette.
With the option for a cute front-side tie closure or buttons, Megan Nielsen Pattern's Flint Pants have some personality. They sit at the natural waist and feature front pleats, back darts, and side pockets. Use with light- or medium-weight wovens.

With the cooler months approaching, some good transitional outfits are essential. Cropped pants can help you adapt to cooler weather without overheating. Longer than knee-length and shorter than ankle-length, a cropped style can be formal, casual, or relaxed, depending on the silhouette and material you choose. Look for silhouettes from fitted to full, including versions with an elasticized or cuffed ankle for a sporty effect. Consider bold prints or comfortable stretch denim for casual looks, or suiting fabric for a more professional vibe. Use sweatshirt material or French terry for a cozy pair of lounge pants to wear around the house.

Several Threads articles may help you personalize your pants:

To add a front hem vent detail, check out an excerpt from “One Pant, Five Looks” by Linda Lee, Threads #149 (June/July 2010). This detail works best on a looser silhouette.

To add pockets to any pattern with side seams, download our free pocket pattern, a Web Extra from “The Low-Profile Pocket” by Kathleen Cheetham, Threads #195 (Feb./March 2018).

If you’re an Insider, take a look at Sarah Veblen’s pants-fitting video series for help with many pants problems, including choosing the correct pattern for your body shape, adjusting the back crotch curve, and more.

Click “Launch Gallery” below to see 10 cropped pants patterns.


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