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How to Make Stretchy Bell Bottom Pants From Scratch

Yes, it's a fact that straight leg jeans have been in trend for the longest time now. I remember when I started to trade in my flared jeans for the cigarettes --cigarette jeans that is. Anyhow, that was back in high school (more than a decade ago (pause.) damn!), and the trend is still going strong. However, it just might be that bell bottoms are next to be back in trend. So, here goes a tutorial on how to make a pair for yourself:

Let's Get Started...

Try on a pair of pants (I'm using my favorite leggings), and use a pin to mark where you want your bell bottoms to start flaring out.

Fold your fabric in half with the wrong side of the fabric facing out. We'll make a separate waistband later, so fold the waistband of your pants over as well.

Trace the top of your pants, and stop where you made your mark with the pin (from step 1). It should look something like this.

If you want your pants to be longer, like I did, you can draw a horizontal line below where the bottom of the pants you're tracing naturally end.

From this horizontal line make a diagonal line starting from the pin (from step 1) down to the horizontal line (from step 4), repeat this on the other side of the pin. So, it should look like this when you're done.

Cut out the pattern. Leave room for 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Sew along the edge of the pant leg so that you can have one piece instead of two separate pieces. You're going to need two