How to Make Pantaloon Pants

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How to Make Pantaloon Pants
Use pantaloons to add some swish to your dance. (Zedcor Wholly Owned/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Pantaloons are a type of wide, loose plants typically used in Middle Eastern belly dance. They are flowing garments which flutter when the wearer dances, adding grace to their motion. Pantaloons may also be called harem pants. They are simple to sew, and they may be used for many different types of exercise besides belly dancing.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric
  • Chalk
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Elastic
  • Safety Pin

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Instructions

    Cutting

  1. 1

    Measure the distance from your hip to your ankle and add 2 inches. This is the height of your pantaloons.

  2. 2

    Measure the distance around your waist, multiply it by 1.5, and then divide by 2. This is the width of your pantaloons.

  3. 3

    Cut two rectangles of fabric using the measurements found in steps 1 and 2.

  4. 4

    Fold one rectangle in half along width and place it so that the fold of the fabric is to your left and the pattern side is facing inward.

  5. 5

    Mark along the bottom of the fabric a spot that is 5 inches from bottom left-hand corner, using chalk.

  6. 6

    Measure from your waist to a point 2 inches above your knee.

  7. 7

    Measure the distance found in step 6 down along the right edge of the fabric, marking it with chalk.

  8. 8

    Draw a line between the two chalk marks.

  9. 9

    Cut along the line, cutting two layers of fabric.

    Sewing

  1. 1

    Sew along the line you drew then cut. This is one leg of your pantaloons. The loose part directly above the line you cut is your crotch seam.

  2. 2

    Repeat Steps 4 through 9 with the other piece of fabric.

  3. 3

    Sew the two pantaloons together along the crotch seam.

  4. 4

    Turn the pantaloons right side out.

  5. 5

    Fold the top down by 1 inch towards the interior of the fabric and sew it flat, creating a channel. Stop short of sewing all the way around the pantaloons. Instead leave a gap of a few inches so that you can thread some elastic through the waist.

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