Mitchell Trousers Pattern
Inspired by a genius songwriter with timeless style, Mitchell is a modern interpretation of a classic pleated trouser. Elegant and comfortable with very special details, they are destined to become your new favourite bottoms.
The Mitchell Trousers are high-waisted with a fly front zipper and a comfy hidden waistband facing for a sleek continuous silhouette through the rise–choose between a hidden pants hook and bar or classic button closure. Deep pleats in the front enclose a unique angled pocket. Darts shape the back, with optional back welt pockets. View A features a tapered leg ending at the ankle. View B features a full-length wide leg and adjustable waist straps secured with D-rings or sliders.
Pattern Difficulty: IntermediateLearn more about how we rank pattern difficulty
- For a structured look, use sturdy woven fabrics like light to midweight denim, twill and canvas, and midweight linen, cotton, and wool suiting.
- For a softer effect, choose midweight fabrics with drape, such as tencel twill, wool crepe, or silk noil.
Yardage (sizes 0-20) - 45inch / 1.14 m wide
VIEW A - TAPERED LEG ~Sizes 0-16 = 2.75 yd (2.5 m), Sizes 18-20 = 3 yd (2.75 m)
VIEW B - WIDE LEG ~Sizes 0-6 = 3.25 yd (3 m), Sizes 8-20 = 3.5 yd (3.25 m)
Yardage (sizes 0-20) - 58inch / 1.5 m wide
VIEW A - TAPERED LEG ~Sizes 0-6 = 2 yd (1.75 m), Sizes 8-16 = 2.25 yd (2 m), Sizes 18-20 = 2.5 yd (2.25 m)
VIEW B - WIDE LEG ~Sizes 0-12 = 2.75 yd (2.5 m), Sizes 14-20 = 3 yd (2.75 m)
Yardage (sizes 14-32) - 45inch / 1.14 m wide
VIEW A - TAPERED LEG ~Sizes 14-22 = 3.5 yd (3.25 m), Sizes 24-32 = 3.75 yd (3.5 m)
VIEW B - WIDE LEG ~Sizes 14-24 = 3.75 yd (3.5 m), Sizes 26-32 = 4 yd (3.75 m)
Yardage (sizes 14-32) - 58inch / 1.5 m wide
VIEW A - TAPERED LEG ~Sizes 14-20 = 2.75 yd (2.5 m), Sizes 22-28 = 3 yd (2.75 m), Sizes 30-32 = 3.25 yd (3 m)
VIEW B - WIDE LEG ~Sizes 14-24 = 3.25 yd (3 m), Sizes 24-32 = 3.5 yd (3.25 m)
- Fusible interfacing
- 58” wide interfacing: 1/2 yd (0.45 m)
- 20” wide interfacing: 1 yd (0.9 m)
- Pocket lining: 3/4 yd (0.7 m) for 45” or 58” wide fabric
- Pants zipper
- 0-20 Size Range: sizes 0-6 = 5" long, sizes 8-16 = 6" long, sizes 18-20 = 7" long
- 14-32 Size Range: sizes 14-20 = 7" long, sizes 22-28 = 8" long, sizes 30-32 = 9" long
- Sew-in hook & bar closure for pants: 1/2" (13mm)
- Pants button to secure fly front: 5/8" (16 mm)
- Button for inside waistband: 5/8” (16 mm)
- Thread in matching colour
- Optional: Slider buckles (one pair) or D-Rings (two pairs) for adjustable waist straps: 1 1/2” (38 mm) wide
- Optional: Small buttons to secure back pocket welts: 3/8 - 1/2" (10-15 mm)
- Optional: Twill tape to reinforce front pocket openings: 1/2 yd (0.5 m)
- Optional: Double fold bias tape for finishing waistband (may be replaced with serged stitch): 2 yds (1.75 m)
PDF File Details
|Sizes 0-20||Sizes 14-32|
|Letter / A4||36-41 depending on view||45-50 pages depending on view|
|Copyshop / A0||3 pages||3 pages|
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From the Closet Core Community
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The wide-legged pants I have been searching for. I have checked out many other patterns online, bought some, just to realize they didn’t have the fit and style Mitchells do. I already have fabric to make two more pairs (summer and autumn/winter) and am actively scouting other fabrics. The fit on these is beautiful for me - the waistband hits at the right place and everything flows from there.
I made my first pair in cotton canvas, and they’re great as a more casual look. Next up is linen, followed by brushed cotton.
I really love how it all turned out. I made the tapered version of the Mitchell trousers in a medium-weight linen. The trousers look both classy and sporty. The fit is very comfortable because of the ease around the legs, whereas the tight fit in the waist prevents it from looking too baggy. I had to adjust the pattern because of my length (1.61 m) and graded between seize 6 (hips) to 2-4 (waist). The instructions were very elaborate and clear. I'm definitely going to sew these trousers again in an other kind of fabric, maybe with some pattern hacks. It was a real pleasure to sew, thank you!
Haven’t made them yet, looking forward making them after looking at them online for a while.
This was my first CC pattern, and I enjoyed it enough to order a couple more things to make! The instructions were clear and easy to follow, and I appreciate having illustrations at every step.
I did find an error in the instructions while making my muslin: When sewing the front pockets, the 7th step -- Turn front leg face down, and it should be the WRONG sides together, align top and bottom pocket along the curved seam. The bottom pocket is underneath.
I saw a photo ad for these and realised they may solve a friend's problem. She suffers from occasional stomach bloating due to crohn's disease, so hadn't been able to wear trousers due to her changing size. I tried out this pattern for myself, so I knew how they are made. Then I adjusted them for her. Instead of sewing the smaller waist strap though all layers I just attached it to the front. I also widened the front pocket pieces, and front waistband facings so the waist pleat could open out when needed. I then added 3 snap fastenings inside the pleat to hold the folds together. These can be unfastened one at a time to increase the waist size, while the bands and D rings do the fine tuning and keep everything in place. She is very pleased with them and says they are very comfortable, so may ask for some more in other fabrics. (I used denim for the first pair, but she thinks she'd like some summer weight ones too). I love my pair as well. I have plenty of dressmaking experience but had not managed to get a good fit in trousers before. This pattern, and the accompanying online advice, have made it so simple. Some quick photos and then a few suggested tweaks on the muslins and I now have patterns I can use again that fit us both well. Thank you.
Ordered this pattern because of the great design, looking forward to making it