When harem pants came into fashion a few years ago, I thought of them as a fad; until I tried a pair on myself! They are really comfortable, and flattering, thanks to the ruching around the crutch which then tapers into a narrow leg opening.
This sewing pattern is from the Japanese sewing book, Happy Homemade Sew Chic. The book calls it ‘Design L: Straight-cut Sarouel Pants’. I’m not sure what sarouel pants are, but these to me are harem pants, and they are indeed straight-cut. The sewing pattern is simply 3 pieces of fabric, plus 2 rectangles for the pockets.
You can make these pants in a few hours. To save time, I only traced the patten for the leg piece. For the center panel and pockets, I simply measured the sewing pattern and drew rectangles on the fabric directly. Yay for straight-cut!
Happy Homemade Sew Chic is available from Amazon in English. Here’s the YouTube video review for this book!
These harem pants are the pants the model is wearing on the cover of the book:
The book recommends fabrics like hemp and jersey for this sewing pattern. I purchased my brown batik fabric in Indonesia last year. I used some to make my husband an up-side down pocket t-shirt,but had just the right amount left to make these pants. I think any mid to heavy weight fabric would work well. I’d stay away from linen though, because that stuff just wrinkles all the time and it wouldn’t work so well with the ruching.
The batik had two different patterns going on, so I used the more intricate, diamond part for the pockets.
I practically live in skinny jeans, so elastic waisted loose pants like these are such a nice change! I wear them lounging around the house a lot, and I also wore them in Mexico with my T-shirt refashioned sequin halter top. Teamed with gold sandals and big earrings, it made a cool (as in temperature cool) outfit for dining out in Tulum.