Pietra Pants & Shorts Pattern - Print Pattern
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Part of our Rome Collection, the Pietra Pants & Shorts are the best of both worlds; a flat front, high-waisted silhouette with the comfort of an elastic waist in the back. Featuring lengthening panels in the front with slanted hip pockets and a hidden waist stay, you’ll never want to take them off.
Choose between four leg styles: a wide leg in floor-skimming or cropped length (View A), a slim and tapered leg (View B), or gently flared shorts (View C).
Pietra is also available as a PDF download.
Model notes: Our model Sheenah is 5'-4" and wears a size 6. Aisha is 5'-7" and wears a size 20. All tops except for the close-fitting white tshirt are the Cielo Top from our Rome Collection.
This pattern can be made with a variety of fabrics depending on the desired effect. For a more defined shape, use structured wovens such as linen, chambray, or lightweight denim or twill (heavyweight wovens may create too much volume at the elastic waist). For a swishy, glamorous look, use rayon challis, tencel, or silk.
YARDAGE REQUIREMENTS (45"/1.14M FABRIC)
View A - Full length pants
0-14 = 3.25yd / 3m, 16-20 = 3.5 yd / 3.2m
View A - Cropped pants
0-14 = 3yd / 2.75m, 16-20 = 3.25 yd / 3m
0-8 = 2.5yd / 2.25m, 10-14 = 2.5yd / 2.25m, 16-20 = 3yd/2.75m
0-8 = 1.5yd / 1.4m, 10-20 = 1.75yd / 1.6m
YARDAGE REQUIREMENTS (58"/1.5M FABRIC)
View A - Full length pants
0-14 = 2.5yd / 2.25m, 16-20 = 2.75 yd / 2.5m
View A - Cropped pants
0-14 = 2.25yd / 2m, 16-20 = 2.5 yd / 2.25m
0-8 = 2yd / 1.85m, 10-20 = 2.25yd / 2m
0-20 = 1.25yd / 1.15m
- 2” (50mm) wide elastic (1 yd / .9m)
- Lightweight non-stretch fusible interfacing (.25 yd / .25m)
- Polyester thread
- Marking tool
Sewing level: Advanced beginner
Sizes: 0 - 20 (see our sizing chart here)
Finished measurements: See complete final measurements here
Instructions: English & French (French instructions available as PDF only)
Print at Home File (Letter & A4): 67 pages
Copy Shop: 4 pages ( 36" x 48", A0)
From the Closet Case Patterns Community
I ordered the Pietra pants pattern from Closet Case because I love the interesting front seaming and pocket construction and the high waisted style. The pattern arrived about a week after ordering. It’s a beautiful pattern and envelope with a great instruction booklet that is probably very useful to beginning sewists. I really wanted to make the slim leg version for myself but was sadly disappointed that it didn’t come in my size. I was especially confused about this because I had just been reading about how the independent pattern companies were becoming more inclusive in their sizing and this was a newly released pattern. I wanted to try to make it anyway so I made a muslin of the shorts for one of my daughters and it came out great. Then I tried to grade the pants version up to my size but the muslin was unsuccessful. I intend to try again soon. The instructions are thorough and easy to follow. It’s a great pattern, but not really for me. The only photo I have is an upside down shot of the shorts.
This is a review of View B of the Pietra Pants. With 28" waist and 39-40" hips, I go for wide-legged pants. I'll make View A soon, but the inexpensive denim I wanted to use didn't have enough yardage for A, so I started with B. And I'm glad I did, I like these a lot more than I expected to. The pattern is terrific, easy to understand, good instructions, pieces fit together well. I shortened it 3" before cutting, and then another inch before turning up my hem. I'm 5-foot-1. I cut a straight size 12, thinking I'd just bring in the extra fullness in back with elastic. But after I got my front panel assembled I realized that if I wanted my side seams to hang straight down my sides, I needed the front to FIT. I didn't want it wrapping around the back. But it was already assembled! What to do?? I emailed Closet Case, who recommended putting in an invisible side zipper. From a smooth-fitting perspective this is probably optimal, but it would totally obviate the great benefit of this pattern, which is flat-front, elastic-back, NO ZIPPER. Us small-waisted, bigger-hipped women get TIRED of needing zippers in everything. So I winged it and added four small tucks, two on each side of the front, from waist down to about 1" below the pocket line -- visually, you don't see the end of my tucks because they are hidden in the pocket. It worked pretty well. I got a very slight weirdness along the hipline, not as much as you'd expect from this sort of guerrilla-tucking approach. I finished the back including the elastic length for size 12, and overall they fit well. They are a snug pull up over my hips and butt, but possible, and I like the fit overall. They have kind of a retro-60's vibe, at least in this denim. I look forward to making View A in a lighter, more-fluid fabric, and this time I will follow Heather's suggestions about pattern grading (included in the instruction booklet) -- but still no zipper if I can help it! :-)
I've made two versions so far (B and C) and wear both frequently. For the shorts I was able to cut a straight size, but for the pants I needed to grade and found the included directions for doing so indispensable. The pants are perfect for work and very comfortable. I'll definitely be making more pairs in other fabrics!
Interesting pants pattern with nice details. This pattern has an elastic back, which makes the pants comfortable and easy to sew. The details gives the pattern a lot of style and makes my rear view look better. I had two adjustments to make: I am short waisted and needed to make adjustments for that. I also needed to size down one size from the size indicated on the size chart.