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Dniecyb
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Date: 9/15/08 12:35 PM

Is there an easy way to make palazzo (wide leg) pants from a regular pants pattern?

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Date: 9/15/08 1:26 PM

If I needed a quick method to make palazzo pants from another pant pattern, I would first figure out the width that I'd like the pant legs to be at the hemline. To create the desired hemline width, I would then draft a line from the hipline to the hem of the side seams and a line down the inseams to the hem. But that may not work perfectly well if the seat of the pattern you're using is a fitted style. It is best to use a pattern that is designed for wide legs.

My favorite wide leg pant is the Hepburn Pant from Loes Hinse. I haven't used the above waist version - just the waist high one. I also add an invisible zipper in the CB seam. The resulting pant is FAR prettier than the photo on the pattern envelope - makes a beautiful pair of dress pants. At a seminar I attended, this pattern was used for teaching and it flattered everyone. It is my TNT, and SO easy to make.

ETA: I answered too quickly and not completely the first time, so I edited my response in the first paragraph a bit.
-- Edited on 9/18/08 9:03 PM --

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Date: 9/15/08 2:06 PM

I was just looking at the Hepburn pants pattern last night and was upset that no one had posted a review. Have any pictures you could post?

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Date: 9/16/08 12:52 PM

Kisha, I'm sorry I haven't taken photos of the garments I've made - including the Hepburns. But I highly recommend the pattern. The pant isn't as loose fitting as is shown on the pattern envelope. It is a nice fitting wide leg pant with a nice drape straight from the hip (very slimming). The photo shows Loes' daughter wearing these pants and the sample pants were larger than her size.

A tip - if you're wanting to put in a front zipper, the instructions for the Loes Hinse European Pant pattern for that are MUCH easier to follow than on the Hepburn Pant pattern. Even Loes has said that!

Generally, however, her patterns and instructions are wonderful.

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