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Butterick 3014 - 1970s Wide Leg Pants

Surprise! I chopped all my hair off.

I also have a new favorite pair of PANTS!

I actually can't remember the last time I made a pair of pants. Really, it's been probably since college if I remember correctly, so that means my last sewing a pair of pants was.... at least 8 years ago? Yikes!

Sometime last month I decided I wanted a pair of high-waist wide leg pants. Originally, I was going to just make my own sewing pattern for a pair of pants (because yes, I know how to do all that!). But instead of reinventing the wheel, I decided that there probably was a retro pattern out there that existed for exactly what I wanted, and I was right. It's Butterick 3014! My pattern packet doesn't have a publishing date, but I can guess it's 1970s.

(Not the best photo, but hey. It's the pattern packet.)

I bought my pattern in a size 26 1/2 via Etsy and the only adjustment I did was the suggested rise measurement. I sat there in my sewing room, going "I don't think this is going to work correctly, guys." But it totally did! The crotch is probably more comfortable than any pair of pants I own! I think I took off about 1 1/4" for the rise for myself.

 Obviously, I really tried to work the 70s hues on these photos! Haha.

 These pants are seriously soooo comfortable. I ended up doing a topstitching down the front panel seams because.... why not? They have side pockets also with a nice topstitch finish.

Of course, I used a contrast teal zipper. I always do contrast somewhere on things.

I love how wide they are. They almost feel like a dress in a way. Another thing I liked about this pattern is that the bottom of the pants are hemmed with a facing that includes interfacing. I guess I never thought about it, but on a pair of pants like this that really helps to make them a little less swooshy on the bottom and helps hold the shape of the leg of the pant. I'll be using that trick in the future.

So I think I'm gonna be making like, 10 more pairs of these pants. I'm already planning an olive green or a burgundy. This fabric is fairly lightweight. I think it's just a cotton of some sort (you never really know exactly what you're buying at Textile Discount Outlet) but I've been smart lately and pre-washing all of my fabric. 

Get ready to be sick of these seeing versions of these pants because I definitely need more of these in my wardrobe! I think it would be fun to do a two-tone pair due to the seam in the middle of each leg and I also am dying to find a print that would be super cool for this same sewing pattern. We'll see! 


  1. They look great, I just love the colour. I have a similar pattern by Simplicity that I've been meaning to make up for ages. One day I'll get around to making them!

  2. Love it! I also have a vintage pattern lying around. After seeing yours, I'm giving it a try


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