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1970s Wide Leg Pants

Added Feb 10, 2011

by missdandy

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My obsession with wide leg pants continues……

I used a 1970s Butterick pattern designed by Betsey Johnson to make these. I believe the original design was modeled after 1940s-style wide leg pants, but exaggerated for the stylin’ early 1970s seamstress at the time. :) The fabric that I used is a black and white slubbed rayon/linen blend. I really love the pleats and the high waist, and the fullness of the legs make them incredibly comfy. I know that this particular style of pants isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I will certainly be wearing these often!

Material Notes

I used rayon/linen blend fabric, a 7" zipper, thread and a black button for the back waistband closure.




Spring, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Vintage
Blends, Linen, Rayon

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    May 21, 2011, 01.46 PMby wzrdreams

    These are so fabulous! They look amazing on you. I think the other pant style on the envelope (palazzo?) would be a great one to try in a printed crepe.

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    Feb 12, 2011, 07.48 AMby groovymama

    These are amazing. Love ‘em. I’m a big fan of the 70s (and 60s) – so I’ll share that cup of tea with you any time:-)

    Now you’ve inspired me. Wide leg pants on my to-do list.

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    Feb 11, 2011, 06.49 PMby sunnilj9

    They are gorgeous and such a perfect fit! I love the high waist, the pleats, the flowy fabric and the wide leg. Oh my goodness! What fun you will have wearing them! Beautiful job! Bravo!

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      Feb 11, 2011, 10.22 PMby missdandy

      Oh wow! Thank you so much! This means a lot because I am a fan of your blog and of your awesome sewing skills!

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    Feb 11, 2011, 08.24 AMby kelseykay

    i love the 70s clothes, (i need to finish my bell bottoms i started). Your pants look very comfortable =]

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      Feb 11, 2011, 10.20 PMby missdandy

      So happy you share the 70s clothing love! :) Everyone is so obsessed with 1940s and 1950s clothes right now…I keep waiting for 1970s fashion to really make a come back!

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    Feb 11, 2011, 06.43 AMby lauriana

    I really like high waisted, wide legged trousers anyway. Although I have to say I’ve never made any this full. I think they work really well and you chose a great fabric for them. Like carottesuavage, I have also been thinking of drafting a new trousers-towards-culottes pattern for spring and yours make me consider pleats for them.

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      Feb 11, 2011, 10.18 PMby missdandy

      Thanks so much! It will be hard to go back to wearing any other kind of trouser, I think! I do own a pair of “skinny leg” jeans but I rarely wear wear them…I think I will cut them to wear as shorts this summer! :)

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    Feb 11, 2011, 06.01 AMby tanitisis

    I love those dropped pleats!

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      Feb 11, 2011, 10.17 PMby missdandy

      Thanks! Betsey Johnson is such a great designer!

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    Feb 10, 2011, 11.06 PMby carottesauvage

    Well, why bother about others cup of tea anyway!:) I really love these and they really look comfy indeed. I was thinking about drafting trousers pattern sliding towards culottes so your post is inspiring!

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      Feb 11, 2011, 01.00 AMby missdandy

      I have at least 3 more wide leg trousers in my current sewing queue…..I can never have too many pairs of them! They are comfy and breezy and so nice to wear until it gets really hot during the summer. I always come across really interesting 1970s culottes patterns whenever I’m searching for patterns from that era and really should think about making a pair for myself one day. Thanks so much! :)

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