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Sew an easy pair of wide-leg linen pants and an A-line skirt

Christine Jonson Patterns

There's nothing better than sliding into a pair of wide leg linen trousers over a bright print tee, slipping on a pair of flat strappy sandals and your favorite shades and heading out the door. It's the essence of spring and summer, in a single outfit!

Our spring sewing inspiration post features two of our favorite spring outfits.

The A-line Skirt (part of our A-Line Skirt and Bell Sleeve Wrap sewing pattern) is a perfect skirt for spring. Sewn knee-length in a stretch woven, you can make this skirt in under an hour. If you're using a stretch woven, you have two options for the waistband:

  1. Go up a size (or two) to accommodate your waist in a not-as-stretchy fabric and sew a standard elastic cased waistband.
  2. Use our Stretch Fabric Waistband instructions to create a foldable, scrunchable 'yoga' waistband

We've paired this fun spring skirt with the Shirred Top from the Shirred Top and Princess Wrap Top sewing pattern, in a black rayon/lycra.

The Wide Leg Pant from the Tapered and Wide Leg Pant pattern makes a perfect canvas for embellishment on linen, with three horizontal tucks at the hemline. To sew this pant in a woven fabric like linen, you'll want to alter the waistband:

  1. Go up a size (or two) to accommodate your waist in a not-as-stretchy fabric and sew a standard elastic cased waistband. At the hip line draw a line straight up to the waist line, taking out the curve at the hip
  2. Use our Stretch Fabric Waistband instructions to create a foldable, scrunchable 'yoga' waistband

The pants are widened at the hem - to 13" wide, but you can choose how wide you like your pants. When you do this, you can simply draw right on your fabric with kids' chalk to get the perfect width! These pants are drawn straight from hip to hem to get this width straight down, to add tucks easily.

The wide leg pant is shown with a reversible top from the Trouser Pant and Keyhole Top pattern (made without the keyhole). Choose similar fabrics (content and stretch) for the best results.