How to make PALAZZO PANTS – {Free} DIY Pattern

My palazzo pants is among the most worn of all my garments. They are super comfortable and contradictorily  trendy as well. As a summer favourite Palazzo is there among the top. Flowing, breezy, relaxing, loose, stylish all describe Palazzo pants very well.

They team up well with tunics, blouses, t-shirts , skirts , kurtas, Kaftans. I think they look the best with fitted tops and blouses because the silhouette of Palazzo pants ( like Harem pants) can get a little baggy if the flare of the pants is too wide. This pants go very well with crop tops with a slight show of well toned midriff.

Check out 10 beautiful looks with Palazzo Pants for how to wear Palazzo and look super stylish.

When sewing pants, the most important thing is fit. Style comes a close behind.’Comfortable’ does not mean that you should sacrifice fit. Most parallel pants come with extra bulk at the waist and hip. But not this one. This will hug your hips lovingly and flare beneath to a good shape. Choose the flare you want and sew a Palazzo pants for yourself and join the tribe.

How much cloth do you need to sew a Palazzo ?

Double the measure from your waist ( where you will tie the palazzo) and add .25 meters. That is how much fabric you need for a palazzo pants 

The basic colours like Black, White and navy blue work well with most upper wear. You can also choose to sew these pants in printed fabrics. I especially like the Elephant prints on Palazzo pants. They  look ethnic and modern at the same time.


How to make a pattern for Palazzo pants ?

There are two methods for making Palazzo pants ; the first one is the easiest but it is slightly baggy ; the second one is more fitted around the hips and waist

  Method 1. Easy Palazzo pants pattern

palazzo pants pattern


How to sew Palazzo pants

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Very easy – finished – Just insert 1/2″ wide elastic with a pin and you have a palazzo.

Checkout the tutorial to sew a drawstring lounge pants which is very similar, but with a different band for the waistband

drawstring lounge pants

  Method 2. A more fitted pants pattern

This is a more fitted pants compared to the more parallel fitting of the above pattern. This is easy to make as well.

You can make a paper pattern or mark directly on to the cloth for this pattern.You need to cut 4 pieces of the pattern – 2 pattern pieces for the front leg and two for the back leg.This is sewn like a regular pant – 4 pieces of patterns. Back pattern is slightly wider than the front pattern. 

To make the back leg pattern, You need to base it on the front leg pattern. So After you have made the pattern for the front leg, keep the front leg pattern on top of the fabric / paper and mark the back pattern as a continuation. 

harem pants


Keep the above pattern on a bigger paper or fabric and mark the extra as in the diagram below. 

You need to increase the width from the crotch line and waist line by about 2 inches and increase the height in the back by about 1 inch. 

Back pattern for Palazzo

How to make a palazzo pants

Stitching instructions for a Palazzo pants

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How to sew Palazzo Pants 

A step by step instructions to sew a similar pants is given in the post – Draft and sew a  Pajama Pants – Check it out for detailed tutorial with photos. 

pyjama pants pattern

Step 1. After you have cut the 4 pieces of patterns, Align one front leg and one back leg right sides together. Stitch along the Outer seam first. 

Step 2. Stitch the inseam. It is better to do 2 lines of stitching to make the seams strong. You can finish the fabric edges as well now.Check out the different types of seam finishes.  You now have two leg pieces

Step 3. Join the crotch lines of the two legs. Turn one leg of the pants inside out.
The other leg should be left right side out. Slip one of the leg inside the other, right sides together so that crotch seams are aligned. Pin along. Stitch the seam.

Sew atleast double line of stitches through the seam line. You want the crotch seam line super strong for obvious reasons. Finish the seam edges with a serger, zigzag stitch. I sometimes like to do a french seam or a turned under finish to the seams here. 

Step 4. Finish the hem. 

Step 5. Make the elastic casing for the waistband. Cut elastic 1 inch less than your waist measure. You can also try the elastic on your waist ( where you will tie the pants ) for a snug fit and  add 1/2 inch seam allowance and cut it out.  

An alternative to elastic casing is to add a waist band with buckle in the front and elastic casing at the back. You will be having a zipper on the side seam as opening here. For this the pattern has to be cut differently from the above pattern. 

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