Stop---Hammer Time! MC Hammer ruled the late '80s and early '90s with his hit songs and one-of-a-kind fashion sense. His parachute trousers hit the world by storm, and suddenly everyone was trying to get their hands on a pair of the unflattering garments. While the look has gone out of style, it's never too late to bring back MC Hammer pants for a costume party or as a fun gift to a friend with a sense of humour.
Measure the length around your hips with sewing measuring tape. You want your Hammer trousers to hang low, so pin them around the widest part of your hip and well below the waist.
Cut a 7.5-cm (3-inch) tall band of fabric to the length you just measured. Fold your fabric in half, print-side-in and sew along the length of your fabric.
Turn the waistband right-side-out by pulling your fabric through the opening on one side of the waistband. Set aside.
Measure the length from the belly button to right above the knee. This will be the length of your drop crotch.
Measure the outseam of your trousers legs. You want your trousers to be loose and baggy, so add several centimetres at least for extra gather.
Fold your fabric print-side-in vertically. Doubling your fabric will ensure that both sides of your pant leg are identical.
Hammer it together...
Draw the trouser pattern on the fabric. Start at the top with the fold to the left. Begin on the fold with the top of the pant pattern, this should be half of your waist measurement. On the right side, draw a straight line down that is equal to your out-seam measurement plus 5 cm (2 inches) for seams and hems. At the bottom, draw a 10-cm (4-inch) line for the bottom of the trouser leg.
Draw a line 10 to 15 cm (4-6 inches) to the left from the bottom of your bellybutton to knee measurement. This will be the length of hang between your trouser legs that give them that "parachute" quality.
Measure about 10 to 12.5 cm (4 to 5 inches) from the bottom of your fabric fold out. This will be the bottom of your pant leg, so whatever size if comfortable for you to slip your trousers on is fine. Do remember that the trousers are supposed to taper around the ankles, so don't be too loose with the measurement or they will look too baggy.
The last leg
Cut out along your drawn lines, but do not cut along the fold.
Fold another piece in fabric in half to make your second trouser leg. This time, fold your fabric print-side-out. Lay your cut leg on top of this and pin to your fabric. Trace out the trouser leg and cut, remembering not to cut along the fold.
Turn your trouser legs print-side-out and pin together along Length 2 on the front of the leg. Sew together with your sewing machine.
Fold the bottom of your trouser leg over to form a clean hem. Stitch around the bottom edge.
Gather the top of your trousers together and pin along the length of your waistband. Once you are pleased with the gather, sew in place.
Add a zipper to the back of your trousers if desired. Or, sew elastic into your waistband so you can easily take the trousers on and off.
Things you need
- Sewing machine
- 2 metres jersey-knit material
- Straight pins
- Fabric pencil