The wrap pants are also known by other names like Fisherman’s Pants, Yoga pants or Samurai pants. They are very loose comfortable pants with waist ties.
This type of pants can be made in two styles – The yoga pants style has waist ties at the front and back and a side open pattern where as Samurai pants has a strap on the back which ties the loose waist of the pant in the front and results in a folded waistband. The two patterns are given below; they are very very easy to sew.You can make a dozen of them in an afternoon.
The use of these pants are many – they are the perfect to lounge around at home or for a casual outing . The yoga pants are named so because they do not constrain your movements – the open side seams make them comfortable to move around. The samurai pants are also the same – these free size pants wrap around your waist with the waist ties that you tie around – so it can be as tight as you want to be – perfect for mother to be’s with growing bellies.
The Fisherman’s wrap pants – samurai style
Full length of this free size pants pattern (after the top edge is folded down) – 35″
Full waist will be 58″ before you tie it around the waist.
Cut out the patterns as per the pattern below. Remember that the pant legs are cut on fold
Fisherman’s wrap Pants pattern
Cut out the patterns . You will get two pieces for the yoke and pant legs as given below
Join the leg inseams together. Keep the edges rightsides and stitch each leg
Join the side edges of the yoke pieces together (rightsides together). You will get a tube
Join the two leg pieces together at the crotch line. Just keep them together rightsides together and stitch with a 1/4 inch seam allowance
Now you have a leg piece like this one
Now you have to join the yoke tube to the legs. Insert the legs (rightside out) to yoke tube piece (wrong side out). Sew edge together.
Final piece will look like this
Turn the top edge of the pants to the right side – about 5 inch would do. I have selvedge on top but if you have raw edges turn the raw edge 1/4 inch first and then turn 5 inch
Make the waist tie
Cut a piece of fabric strip 3 inch wide and 60-65 inches long. Make a strap with this by double folding it.(Turn the two edges inside and the fold by the middle)
Remember to Turn the small edges inside 1/4 inches before the longer fold. Stitch the edge. You will get a long strap.If you do not have a long fabric piece joing small pieces together with diagonal stitch like here
Keep the strap’s middle on the back of the pants ( on the stitching line you have made by folding under the top edge). Stitch in place. Make a secure stitching.
Now Hem the pant legs . Just turn under the edges twice or do a blind hem
How to tie the Firsherman’s pants – Sumurai style
Put on the pants. Get hold of the strap ends from the back to the front. Your pant waist will be bigger and looser; fold this excess fabric at the waist to one side or fold from either sides to the middle. Use the waist tie to hold the fabric together. Now fold down the fabric above the waist tie. This will give the look of a wide belt.If you are still confused checkout this video
The Yoga wrap pants
This is a very comfy pants with side seams open. Because of the overlaping side panels nothing much is revealed. The best fabric to make this pants is a cotton knit.
Mark the pattern on the fabric as per the pattern given below.
Cut out the fabric according to the pattern
To easily cut it fold the two fabric pieces by the center, mark the two crotch lines . Cut out the front crotchline
When you open it up, You will get a piece like this here. Now cut out the back crotch line on one side.
Now cut out the waist line as per the pattern. Remember that pattern is inclined (rising) only on one side ( for the back)
You will be having this piece
Keep the two pieces right sides together. Join the crotch line with a 1/4 inch allowance
Make 4 waist ties. Cut out 4 pieces of fabric strips. Make straps by folding it like a double fold tape by the middle. Remember that one short end of all the ties should be turned inside as well for a neat look
Ok, Got the four ties.
Turn under the side edges of the two panels ( back and front- total 4 side edges) 1/4 inch twice to the inside and stitch
Turn under the top waist edge to the inside and stitch. The width should be slightly more than the width of straps you have made ( so that you can insert the strap ends inside)
Insert the straps 1/2 inch to all the four edges of the waist of the front and back panels. Stitch in place securely.
The only thing that might complicate you about this pants is how to wear it. But once you have the pants in hand you will know. If you do not, checkout this video.