M7547 Sew-Along: Finished!

McCall's M7547 Sew-Along

It’s time to show you our finished pants and overalls! Here I am modeling my version of View A pants:

I ended up making them a length I can easily wear with flats. This way they feel more like a pair of jeans, and I’m good with that. My favorite part of these pants? Definitely the high waist feature. Sooo comfy and flattering. And have you noticed high-waist/mom jeans are everywhere these days?! I love when I’m on trend without trying too hard.
McCall's M7547 Sew-Along

McCall's M7547 Sew-Along

Click here to see how Sew-Along co-host Amanda’s overalls turned out. (In a word: fabulous!)

How great do these M7547 Facebook group members look in their versions:

McCall's M7547 Sew-Along

McCall's M7547 Sew-Along

Sew-Along Resources:

Video tutorial to make View A pants

Index of Sew-Along blog posts:
Week 1 – Announcement
Week 2 – Inspiration Fabrics
Week 3 – Making a Muslin/Toile
Week 4 – Darts and Pockets
Week 5 – Seams and Zipper
Week 6 – Meg’s tutorial for adding a facing instead of a waistband
Week 7 – Finishing

We will keep the M7547 Facebook group open for another eight weeks or so. That’s the best place to get help with your pants, and to share your progress. Join it now before it’s closed to new members!

Fall 2017 Sew-Along: We usually choose a harder project for the fall sew-along, typically a new fall Vogue Pattern. It’s always important to challenge ourselves, right?! Stay tuned!

Easy Patterns for Beginning Sewers: Pants

Easy pants patterns by the McCall Pattern Company. These sew up fast!

Pants are one of my favorite low-effort, high-reward sewing projects. If you choose a loose or semi-fitted silhouette, and an elastic waist, you can whip up a great pair of pants in no time. To sew pants that are really on-trend this season, choose a wide-leg style and pair it with a bold print fabric that’s lightweight—but not sheer—with a decent drape.

Roberto Cavalli wide-leg trousers available at Farfetch.
Roberto Cavalli wide-leg trousers available at Farfetch.

Here’s my number one tip for sewing pants:

Clearly mark each pant piece as FRONT or BACK. Doesn’t matter how you do it, whether you notch them or write a big F or B on these pieces in disappearing fabric marker. This will make your life easier, trust me.

Sometimes new sewers can get confused by the order of construction for a pair of pants, so here it is in a nutshell:

  1. Stitch the crotch seams. Pair the front pieces together and stitch the crotch seam; pair the back pieces together and stitch the crotch seam.
  2. Stitch the side seams. These are the seams that go along the outer side of your pants.
  3. Stitch the inseams. These are the seams that go along the inside of your pants.
  4. Stitch the casing for the elastic at the waist.
  5. Stitch the hems.

Pretty easy, right? If you are making wide-leg or loose-fitting pants you can knock out a pair in a couple of hours, since you don’t need to worry so much about fit. Here are two of our favorite beginner pants patterns:

McCall's easy pants pattern M6588. Great for beginning sewers.
McCall’s M6568. No in-seam pockets makes these pants fast and simple to sew.
Butterick B3460 pants pattern has pockets, but they're actually easy to add to your pants. And who doesn't love pockets.
Butterick B3460 pants pattern has pockets, but they’re actually easy to add to your pants. And who doesn’t love pockets.

You can see more of our patterns for beginning sewers by clicking on the Pinterest widget below. We chose these easy patterns for new sewers who have some sewing under their belts, like a tote bag or an elastic-waist skirt, and are ready to move on to sewing their own clothes.

Follow The McCall Pattern Company’s board Beginner-Friendly Sewing Patterns on Pinterest.

Make a pair of summer pants out of cotton voile or silk crepe in a cool print. Check out Alabama Chanin’s take on a Marcy Tilton for Vogue Patterns design for inspiration. Once you sew your first pair of pants you’ll be hooked. If you’ve made pants before, do you agree with how easy-to-sew and wearable they can be? Tell me about the pants you’ve sewn in the comments section. Thanks!

Sew a pair of pants that are perfect for beginning sewers. Pants can be so fast and easy to sew.