Peppermint Magazine Wide Leg Pants: DIY High Waisted Wide Legged Pants Trousers

Peppermint Magazine Wide Leg Pants made in heavy brushed cotton twill

Hi Everyone,

I am back today sharing my second make using a pattern from Peppermint Magazine. You can see my first make using one of their patterns here (the ruffle sleeve top). Like the first, this pattern is also a completely FREE pattern to download, and comes in a decent size range (24 – 45.5″ waist and 33 – 54.5″ hips). Again, this pattern is beautifully drafted by In the Folds.

Peppermint Magazine Wide Leg Pants made in heavy brushed cotton twill

The shape of these pants is very on trend, with their high waist and wide leg. I did not think I would like them as much as I do, but they have already been worn several times to work. Couple of things I would say:

  1. You need a fairly heavy, non-stretch, bottom weight fabric for these to work. Mine are made in a heavy brushed cotton twill. A heavy linen, denim or corduroy would also be good.
  2. In terms of styling, you need to wear something fitted or tucked in on top IMO. I have worn them here with a RTW merino wool polo neck but I have also worn them with a button down shirt and a V-necked blouse, tucked in.
Peppermint Magazine Wide Leg Pants made in heavy brushed cotton twill
Peppermint Magazine Wide Leg Pants made in heavy brushed cotton twill

Unbelievably I actually made a muslin for these pants! I had to do minimal adjustments. Check out my full review below.

Peppermint Magazine Wide Leg Pants made in heavy brushed cotton twill

Pattern Review 

Pattern Description:

The Wide Leg Pant is a high waisted pant with fly front and button closure, shaped waistband, back darts and curved pocket. The pants are drafted to be fitted around the waist and hips, before dropping into a wide legged, slightly cropped pant.

Pattern Sizing:

24 – 45.5″ waist and 33 – 54.5″ hips

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes and no. There is an error in the instructions for the fly construction. Basically, one of the pattern pieces (in the text) has been labelled with an incorrect number. However, I ignored all the numbers and just followed the text and the diagrams and thought the instructions were good. Unlike the Closet Case Ginger Jeans (for example), the fly for these pants is not a cut on fly; it is a separate, sewn-on fly, so expect to tackle the fly a different way if this is your first time sewing this kind of fly.

I will be honest and say that I ignored all the other instructions. The first seam you are instructed to sew up are the side seams. I prefer to sew those up last to give some fit opportunities. So I just went my own way.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I am surprised at how much I like wearing these. They are warm and comfortable and very on trend. I thought the fit was very good from the outset. I also love the fact that a curved waistband was included. Nothing to dislike.

Fabric Used:

Heavy weight brushed cotton twill.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

  • I graded from a G at the waist to an I at the hips.
  • I shortened the length of these pants by 5 inches in total (they are drafted for someone of 5’7″; FYI I am 5’3″) and took a 1.5 inch hem.
  • I did a 0.25 inch sway back adjustment to the waistband, so I added a centre back seam to the waistband, and added the removed length back to the top of the waistband.
  • I did a 0.5 inch full tummy adjustment (including to the pockets and pocket facings).
  • I removed about 3 inches (?) from the depth of the pockets and modified them so they did not extend into the front fly. Personal preference. Be warned that these pockets are absolutely huge!
  • I added 0.5″ to the length of the front crotch.
  • I used lining fabric for the pocket facings.
  • I ended up slimming the leg openings down by a total of 2 inches, which I removed from the outer seam but have modified the pattern for next time so that that comes off both inner and outer seams.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I might sew again. A coloured heavy weight linen for summer might be good. Yes, I recommend.

Conclusion:

This is so good for a free pattern. So much thought and attention has been spent on making it; some other pattern makers should take note, lol. Don’t be frightened to try out a different style once in a while: you might just surprise yourself!

Peppermint Magazine Wide Leg Pants made in heavy brushed cotton twill

See you soon!

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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

6 thoughts on “Peppermint Magazine Wide Leg Pants: DIY High Waisted Wide Legged Pants Trousers

  1. They turned out great, so glad you like them. I am thinking about sewing my second pair! Just FYI I did use a stretch denim and sized down and it turned out fine, but the fit is so loose from the low hip down that i am thinking it might be possible for me to venture into the world of non-stretch pants!

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