Turning my Esthers into pants

It’s no great surprise to anyone that I love my Esthers. I have four pairs that I pretty much rotate through the days of the week (here, here, here, and here). I love their high waisted, vintage style, and I love that they fit me superbly. It’s such a boon to find, make, or modify a pattern that fits so well. So it makes perfect sense that I would want to turn them into a pair of pants.

I’ve been wanting a slim fitting, cigarette style pant for a while now, but I just didn’t have a pattern to match what I wanted. I dread sewing pants, not for the process, but for the inevitable fit issues that need to be muddled through, as with any new pants pattern. And I don’t have a lot of experience dealing with fitting pants. I started by looking online for suitable patterns, and then it occurred to me that I already had a TNT shorts pattern that I might be able to modify.


It’s not that difficult turning a pair of shorts into long pants. I basically just lengthened all the side seams. The trick is in slimming them down and reducing the hip and thigh ease by enough. I was pretty happy with my first muslin, but the pants were still a lot looser than what I wanted for such a bright floral and the cigarette style I was after. So I narrowed the legs further to get what you see here. I could have slimmed them down more, but I was worried about going too tight. I don’t know about you, by I hate too-tight pants more than anything else when it comes to clothes.

And as it turned out, I already had a perfectly matching top in my wardrobe. I’ve paired my new flower pants with my trusty, much loved, and totally indestructible Camilla camisole.

18 thoughts on “Turning my Esthers into pants

  1. Debbie Iles

    Haha, thank you Oona! You remind me of my hubby once seeing me in a dress and then calling me an orange upside down tulip with long stamen legs. Pretty sure those were his exact words too.


  2. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas

    Wow! You look fabulous! I love these flowery pants, and they do go perfectly with your tank! I LOVE that when that happens….discovering the just right match already in the closet! I totally know what you mean about the right skinniness in pants. Too skinny, and you think you can't sit down, but too wide, and they just look frumpy! These look awesome. The trick seems to be in the fabric. My skinniest RTW pants always have some lycra in them, so my next try at skinnies will definitely be with a cotton stretch sateen or something similar.

    And can I just say, you have amazing toned back muscles. Pilates? Yoga?


  3. Debbie Iles

    Thanks Sue! Yes, I think lycra is a necessity in pants! I blame a decade of competitive swimming for what I hated as my 'manly' back in my long gone body insecure years 😉 Although it could be lifting kids that does it these days…


  4. Joy

    These are adorable and the silhouette is perfect. I've been wanting cigarette pants for a while, too, and actually have a vintage pattern that might work. But. Time.



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