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Mindbreaker Thai fishermen's pants

Added Sep 7, 2010

by helluvaguy

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First my buddy was absolutely thrilled to find this pattern, for he had gotten to know these pants on his last journey. But once we had the pattern it was kind of disillusioning.
After printing we sadly had to discover that the pattern was anything but accurate (among other things the waist turned out to be a bit too short for the circumference of the leg parts). The instruction was just as well “vague”. After cutting the parts I discovered another inconsistency (at least for me). Why was the crotch part much longer where it was to be sewn onto the corresponding counterpart? As you can see on the pictures, it doesn’t fit. To sew the side part onto the first parts, we were forced to sew on another line then the actual form of the crotch implied, also seen on a picture.

- Is it just me, do I get something wrong? Or did anybody else had problems with that crotch? -

Well, despite all those obstacle we finished the pants and they don’t look too bad. We used the selvedge, which has a nice little red thread as upper end of the waist part. We couldn’t find a fitting spot for the pocket, which suited the two draping techniques my friends use… so, hence with it.

… more to read about our ordeal and you’ll find some animations on how to drape those pants at my blog

Material Notes

cotton, sewing thread




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Beach, Casual

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    Jul 22, 2013, 01.01 PMby Florence Reddy

    where can I download the free pattern please.

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    Sep 26, 2011, 08.20 PMby l31lat3lan

    It might be that the ‘grain’ line is really meant to be the seam line(?). Maybe it’s just a typo in the pattern. I downloaded this pattern and am equally annoyed by the non-fitting part. The instructions don’t clarify this any better, and I saw no mention of seam allowances. I’ll try it in a muslin by cutting the crotch piece out on the grain line and seeing if that works out. As for the waist not fitting, I guess I’ll try to get the pant together before I cut that piece out in case it needs help. I think this is a solvable problem, but it is disappointing to download a pattern and not be able to figure it out.

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    Jun 11, 2011, 12.01 AMby katkni

    They look great!

    I am starting this project this weekend. Do you have any suggestions on modifying the pattern? I did check your blog, and appreciate animated photos for draping.

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    May 25, 2011, 02.38 AMby lynniker

    I too have had problems with the waist not fitting the legs and the crotch was not straight

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    Mar 19, 2011, 10.17 PMby k8ylynne

    I applaud your adaptability to succeed in making a smart looking pair of pants! I have not tried this pattern, but I have a question regarding this type of pattern. Could it just as well exist as a formula into which you would insert your own measurements to draft the pattern pieces? In that the style is not fitted, wouldn’t that work more simply for a style such as this one? I’ve seen similar approach used for drafting a caftan. I’m off to apply that theory… Again, your pants look great! Oh and your fabric looks gorgeous also, as if it may have a sheen like say, cotton/silk blend or perhaps a silk broadcloth—just may be me dreaming. In any case, it’s beautiful.

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    Sep 24, 2010, 01.43 PMby helenaviertel

    I love these pants, helluvaguy, they look very comfy! Sehr schön.

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      Sep 24, 2010, 02.29 PMby helluvaguy

      Thanks Helenaviertel, they are comfy and I wear them more often than I initially thought.

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    Sep 8, 2010, 06.11 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    despite all problems you had with that pattern (this is not a nice experience, but i mad it with a different pattern allready as well!) i really like, what came out of it! the pants look increadible comfy and nice! well done!

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      Sep 8, 2010, 06.25 AMby helluvaguy

      Thanks Ralf, those pants are not only good for wearing while doing yoga, we also learned just to relax if things are not going to plan and take a good long ‘omm-moment’ and then to continue.

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