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Nifty Wrap Pants

Oh man. These pants are so comfy, cheap and easy. The cloth cost me about $2 (you need around 2 yards for a pair of pants) and it took me about 20 minutes to make them.

How to make your own:

How to put them on:

1. grab one side and wrap it around your waist
2. tie it in the back
3. pull the otherside under your legs and it around the opposite way
4. tie in the front. yay!


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Aug. 10th, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)
This is why I need to learn how to sew! Those look so amazingly comfortable. How hard would it be to make them so that the 'slit' that shows on the outside there in picture 4 doesn't go so high up. I aint got no sexy legs like you to show off and they are SUPER white and often unshaved. Not that I mind if they show, but the general public might. Would buttons work? Or even some grommets or something to lace them closed perhaps?

Ugh. I am going to have to learn how to sew just for this now!
Aug. 10th, 2007 05:47 am (UTC)
I'm sure you could add buttons, frogs, or such to close up the slits. Be creative, call it a design element!

I was looking at a McCall's or such pattern for these last month, trying to wrap my head around the concept (pun intended). Thanks so much, now it makes sense!
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Aug. 10th, 2007 05:36 am (UTC)
are the blue dots supposed to be at the other end of the diagram? from your pictures it seems that way, but maybe i'm missing something?
Aug. 10th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
The circular cut out is the crotch seam (it goes between your legs) and then you pull apart the two pieces of cloth and basically wrap one around each leg. Trust me, its right.
(no subject) - diamondxavenue - Aug. 10th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 10th, 2007 05:42 am (UTC)
Yes I love these! I'd ordered some dragon printed ones from the Gypsy Rose catalogue over five years ago. So simple! Now I can make them myself in whatever patterns I want!.


Thanks for sharing!
Aug. 10th, 2007 06:12 am (UTC)
Neat! Thanks for the tutorial. Do you have any suggestions for the type of fabric that should be used?
Aug. 10th, 2007 06:30 am (UTC)
So far I've seen them made out of cotton, linen, canvas, rayon, spandex/nylon and it's all seemed to work well. Depends on your preference really. I think the lighter fabrics are better.
Aug. 10th, 2007 06:45 am (UTC)
you have NO idea how great this is going to help me during the play I'm directing next.

I think I lurve you.
Aug. 10th, 2007 07:42 am (UTC)
This is great, can't wait to have a go. Similar in concept to the thai fisherman's trousers i love without the bulky waistband if your tiny. Thank you!
Aug. 10th, 2007 10:59 am (UTC)
These are fantastic! I love them ...they are classy and quite sexy, to boot.
Good on ya!

Aug. 10th, 2007 11:27 am (UTC)
Ah, I love these pants. Had a friend who always wore them, but the ones available at festivals never fit me. Now I have to make my own.
Aug. 10th, 2007 11:27 am (UTC)
Those are awesome! I'm totally going to make a pair to wear to roller derby practice.
Aug. 10th, 2007 12:07 pm (UTC)
Wow they consfused me for a minute. They look ace though :)!
Aug. 10th, 2007 02:23 pm (UTC)
Aug. 10th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
dude these are the best most comfortable things in the WHOLE WORLD
thanks for the how to!
Aug. 10th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
I saw those online about two years ago and couldn't grasp how they went on! I wanted to get a pair and take them apart to learn to make them but never got a chance... you rock so much for posting this! Thanks :D

Now if I can still wrap my brain around how the crotch part is actually connected lol!!!
Aug. 10th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
Ah! I have a purple pair like that that I embellished with ribbons at the bottom. I loooove them!
Aug. 10th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
Those look super comfy and perfect for hot summer days and you need to look a little more dressy than a pair of shorts, LOL!
Aug. 10th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
It's so awesome that you posted this. I've been making these for years for Renaissance Faires! We've always called them "stupid pants." I don't know where the name came from - it's probably because they're stupidly easy to make. :) It never occurred to me that anyone outside of the Faire circuit would even be interested in them ... I should have known better. They're also great for anyone who's into bellydancing.

Sometimes I put a drawstring at the ankle to make the pant legs poof up. Also, for people who are afraid of showing too much leg, you just make the fabric pieces wider, so there's more overlap at the sides.

Yay stupid pants! I need to make another few pairs this weekend ...
Aug. 11th, 2007 12:17 am (UTC)
yes! I was just thinking these would be perfect dance pants. oh yes.
Aug. 10th, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
I got a pair of these as a gift a while ago and I've worn them threadbare this summer, as they're the single most comfortable thing in the world. Been meaning to use the ones I have as a pattern for ages, but now I don't have to!

Aug. 10th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Thank you so much, I was thinking about making some of these.
Aug. 10th, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)
Those look awesome and comfy! Thanks for the how-to adding this to my mems for future reference!
Aug. 10th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC)
Are the pictures going to stay up? I'm going to add this to my memories :)
Aug. 10th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
ok, I just tried to make these (I'm a newbie sewer and they looked super easy) and I messed up with the crotch seam. Could you give an idea of measurements for that area (I cut out too large of a "U" and they're too tight around the waist).
Aug. 11th, 2007 02:22 pm (UTC)
The crotch cut out is about the size of a persons head (I hope that helps) and if the waist is too tight I would first make sure your putting them on right, and then if you are indeed then you can either make the ties longer or add more fabric to the sides.
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Aug. 10th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
silly question maybe, but.... how do you go potty with pants like that? It seems like it'd be very inconvenient?
Aug. 11th, 2007 02:22 pm (UTC)
Untie the front knot, and the back comes down!
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Aug. 10th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
Those are so freaking cool! I need to talk my sister into letting me borrow her sewing machine. D:
Aug. 10th, 2007 10:34 pm (UTC)
That's some kind of sexy pants right there!
And they look totally comfortable but I agree with naelany's question--how annoying is the bathroom trip?

I'm wondering how to do this for a fat chick (myself)... and how they'd look. I've got chunky monkey legs, but could add some buttons and cute embellishments, but wonder about the big belly in front and the unattractiveness of that. Hrm... just thinking out loud here... so to speak.

Maybe I'll wait until I lose some weight. After all, then I'd save money on fabric.
May. 15th, 2008 09:38 am (UTC)
Harem Pants
If you're really heavy, here's the fix:

1. Have someone hold the measuring tape at your spine where you want the waistband to be. Put the tape between your legs and bring it up to where you want the waistband to be in the front (same height as back).

2. Add, what, about 3" for comfort so the seam isn't pressing into your crotch. Maybe more, not sure.

3. Add 2.5" inches at both top ends of the U so that you have enough fabric to flip the edges over and make a 2" casing for a drawstring, instead of those little shoelaces sewn to the corners.

4. Instead of 3/4s of waist circumference, give yourself a bit more fabric so that you have greater modesty re the side slits, especially when sitting down. The drawstring lets you adjust the extra fabric easily.

There! Don't wait to lose weight. Have the pretty pants now. The drawstring makes your weight loss irrelevant; they'll still fit.
Aug. 11th, 2007 12:16 am (UTC)
awesome! thanks! I'm totally going to make some.
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