Yes, you're looking at one of the most iconic bell bottom pants pattern you will find. If you were looking to make your own, read on as we'll walk you through the steps in sewing a pair of these incredibly fashionable & practical trousers.
Give your everyday style a retro-vibe with this 70s flare pants pattern that will carry you from work to evening events. Smart and classic, this diy bell bottoms is the perfect choice for a comfortable, stylish look. Get a full hippie flair by adding a fringe bag and platform sandals. Sew and wear them at the next festival!
What are bell bottom pants
Bell-bottoms, or flares, are a stylish pair of pants that flare from the knees downward to form a bell-like shape (unlike wide leg pant that have a relaxed fit with a straight cut from thigh to ankle) . The bell bottoms that we wear today have their roots in the sailor's pant leg and are having a comeback now. It is said that they were designed in the early 19th century as a way to protect the trousers while sailors were washing down the decks of ships. They gained extreme popularity in the 60s and 70s and have been a huge hit with the fashion crowd ever since.
How To Style And Wear Your Bell Bottoms Like A Fashion Superstar
You can rock these bell bottoms with your casual city strolls, at a girls night out, during the next barbecue party. You will just love the way you look and feel in this versatile pair of bell bottoms.
For a casual outfit, opt for a cropped sweater to balance the high waisted trousers you just made. Or you can add a modern touch to your classic bell-bottoms by pairing them with a v-neck blouse.
They literally are the kind of pants you will want to wear every day and offer endless styling possibilities, from basic tees to more sophisticated pieces.
Anelise Bell Bottom Pants Pattern Overview
Just like the rest of our pants patterns, this listing is for a high waisted flare pants digital download PDF sewing pattern with bell bottoms. A classic and timeless flare pant pattern that will meet all your sewing needs. Super quick to put together and perfect for those new to dressmaking. We also have a jean flared version if you want to check it out.
Our Anelise Pants Pattern is perfect for anyone with a beginner medium sewing skill level.
More of what's inside our pattern
- A printable PDF sewing pattern format (You will need Adobe Reader on your computer to open the PDF files)
- Understanding the measurement sheet and size chart
- Yardage requirements
- How to print, prepare and cut your sewing pattern step-by-step guide
- Assembling the pattern pieces
- Step-By-Step Detailed & Precise Instructions with Illustrations
- A selection of sizes available (2-14 US / 34-46 EU)
- A4 and Letter format for printing at home
- A0 for printing at the copy center on A0 paper rolls
- Projector files for projecting the patterns directly onto the fabric using the home projector
*All files are compressed in the ZIP archive for easy downloading. All sizes have separate files, you only need to print the files that are relevant to you.
Take advantage of our instant-download sewing patterns to get started right away! This is a digital file, there will be no paper pattern sent to you.
How to make your own bell bottom pants
Are you ready to make a new pair of flouncy pants? Just scroll down for lots of pretty & clear illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions on how to sew and transform you bell bottom pants pattern into a forever-favourite pair of trousers. First, let's take a quick look at the things you need to make your pants
What You'll Need:
- Your PDF Anelise bell bottom pants pattern
- Fusible Interlining for waistband and flys
- 16cm pants zipper
- 1 button
- color matching thread
- 2.5 cm for hem
- 1 cm for the rest of the seams
medium weight woven materials with 3-5% elasticity. Our sample was made out of bi-stretch woven material but we think a 4 way stretch fabric could also be an option.
Note on fabric consumption
Please check the table below for the amount of fabric required for your size, based on a useful width of 140-150cm. If you have a different width or design (think stripes, plaids etc), you'll need to adjust the placements of the pieces so that it fits your available width.
Check your contraction!
Before cutting, check the contraction of your chosen material. To do this, iron steam the raw material at its maximum heat recommendation. This will ensure that your finished garment will retain its intended size after initial wash.
Bell Bottom Pants Pattern Sewing Instructions
1. Using the bell bottom pants pattern, copy the darts marks on the wrong side of the fabric for the back pieces. Sew the back darts and press them towards the center.
2. Sew the center back seam by pinning together the 2 back pant pieces, right side to right side, matching notches. Press the seam open and neaten the seam with a 3-thread serger stitch.
3. Using a 3-thread serger stitch, sew along the raw edge of the center front pieces.
4. Sew the center front seam, from the notch to the crotch, right sides together, leaving space open for the zipper. press the open seam. fig 5
5. Apply interlining on the fly and right fly wrong side(piece 4 and 5)
Inserting the zipper
1. Fold the left fly piece 5) in half and overlock the edges
2. Overlock the round edge of the right fly (piece 4)
3. Using the left side of the zip, pin it to the left fly along the overlocked edge. Sew at 0.5 cm the zipper on the left fly. fig 6
4. To insert into the trousers, fold the fabric at the zip opening over by 1cm and iron to keep in place
5. Place the fold adjacent to the zipper teeth and pin in place the zipper with the left fly and the left side of the front pants. The zipper may be too long and will extend beyond the top of the fabric.
6. Sew along the foldline using the zipper foot, with a topstitch at 2mm starting at the crotch seam. Sew past the seam line. fig 7
7. To attach the zipper to the other side of the trousers, first pin the remaining right fly to the edge of the zip opening fabric with right sides together and sew at 1 cm.fig8
8. Open the fabric so the right side is now facing you. Sew a flattening stitch at 0.5cm
9. Fold the right front along the foldline. Place the foldline over the zipper and pin the foldline to the stitches on the left-hand side.
10. On the inside, pin the zipper tape to the fabric extension.
11. Sew the zipper tape to the fabric along the center of the tape.
12. On the right side, top-stitch around the fly zipper. Start sewing at the center front. Sew a smooth curve. fig 10
13. Iron the seam and the press the zip.
Outside seam, Inner seam and hem
1. Pin the sides of the front and back piece together, right side to right side, matching notches. Sew at 1 cm and press the seam flat as it was sewn, then press the seam open. Neaten the seam with a 3-thread serger stitch. fig 11
2. Overlock the bottom hem allowance of the trousers.
3. Pin and sew the inner leg seams taking care to meet the bottom of the crotch seam and knee notches, so there are no gaps.Open up the crotch seams when flat to stop the fabric becoming bulky. Iron the seams and overlock
4. Turn the hem up 2.5cm to the wrong side of the pants. Pin in place and sew by hand a hidden stitch. fig12
Attaching the waistband
1. Cut the waistband and apply the interlining. Neaten one long edge with a 3-thread serger stitch.
2. Pin the waistband to the pants waist edge, right side to right side. Match the notches. fig13
3. Sew the waistband to the waist edge using a 1 cm seam allowance. Press the waistband away from the pants.
4. Fold the waistband along the crease in the interlining, right side to right side. The neatened edge of the waistband should extend 1 cm below the stitching line.
5. Pin the end of the waistband in line with the center front and sew at 1 cm. Cut the corner, turn the waistband and press. fig 14
6. To complete the waistband, sew through the band to the pants seam. This is known as "stitching in the ditch." If you are not comfortable with this stitch, you can topstitch at 0.5 cm from the seam, catching the inner waistband and seam allowance as well. Fig 15
7. Sew the button hole on the right side and the button on the left.
8. Iron the pants
This is it! You've turned your bell bottom pants pattern into a modern fashion item that that will get all the compliments. We're so proud!
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