Did anyone else get called lazypants a lot when they were growing up? Well today I’m owning it! These lazy pants are one of the best things I’ve sewn all year and I am thrilled to write up this tutorial so everyone can share in the #lazypants magic!
Before we get started I have to admit that these are absolutely not my original idea; I’m pretty sure this is something I saw on Pinterest years ago. I’ve seen them sold in Hungary as Turkish pants; a commenter in a sewing group I’m in mentioned they look like traditional Hmong mens pants; if anyone knows anything about other origins please drop a comment! I googled a bit but it was hard to find any non-sales pages and I’m really curious.
So the pants are made of one piece, plus a waistband and two cuffs. And they can be made in three steps:
1. Find your measurements. You’ll need two measurements for these pants; one is easy to find and the other needs a bit more thinking. The easy measurement is the length (green in the pic below). Measure along your outside leg for as long as you want the pants to be. Don’t include the waistband or the cuff in this measurement (for these shorter pants, for me this measurement was 60 cm).
The second measurement is the leg and waist opening (blue in the pic above; on this pair for me it was 40 cm). This measurement involves a bit of guess work: you’ll need a measurement not too much bigger than your ankle / leg circumference, and also not too much bigger than half your waist circumference. And, if you’re sewing a woven, also big enough to fit over your hips, if they’re significantly bigger than your waist. Since not everyone’s leg circumference is perfectly 1/2 of their waist circumference, this may involve some fudging – the easiest way is to overestimate the opening a bit and gather in the excess to the waistband and cuffs, but read to the end for some alternatives.
2. Cut and fold your rectangle. Cut out a rectangle with the dimensions (length) by (length + opening + opening). For me that was 60 cm by (60+40+40) 140 cm. Mark a square in the middle of the rectangle – the length of each side of the square should be your length measurement.
Draw an imaginary line from one corner of the square to the opposite some and fold your fabric right sides together along this line.
Then fold the “legs” in to match and sew.
3. Add cuffs and waistband. Okay I lied, there is a tiny bit more measuring involved, but this is one you can totally just eyeball – how wide do you want your waistband and cuffs to be? How long they should be depends on if you’re using a knit or woven fabric. For wovens, cut the waistband and cuffs the same length as the opening, and add elastic (to the waistband at least; elastic in the cuffs is optional). For knits, you can also cut the waistband and cuffs to match the openings (and also add elastic if needed), or you can cut them smaller and stretch to fit (don’t forget to use a stretchy stitch!).
Optional: more fudging. An easy way to make the leg opening smaller is to make a dart along the outside seam.
Of course, the same thing can be done at the waist to make it smaller. To make the waist bigger, cut it into a deeper V . Curve it so that the point of the V is still 90° or more; a sharper angle will be harder to sew.
And where’s the pockets? Well the first version was really a lazy version, the second was just for the sake of photos, but never fear, the third version will definitely have them! I’m debating between patch pockets, or inseam pockets in the waistband seam. What do you think?
Also, what’s next? Should I make (a) matching lazy pants for the whole family or (b) a lazy pants jumpsuit?