Pietra Pants + Shorts Pattern
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, they are so comfortable 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).
Pattern Difficulty: Confident BeginnerLearn more about how we rank pattern difficulty.
- 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 (sizes 0-20) - 45” / 1.14 m wide
VIEW A - FULL LENGTH PANTS ~ Sizes 0-14 = 3.25 yd (3 m), Sizes 16-20 = 3.5 yd (3.2 m)
VIEW A -CROPPED PANTS ~ Sizes 0-14 = 3 yd (2.75 m), Sizes 16-20 = 3.25 yd (3 m)
VIEW B - TAPERED PANTS ~ Sizes 0-8 = 2.5 yd (2.25 m), Sizes 10-14 = 2.5 yd (2.25 m), Sizes 16-20 = 3 yd (2.75 m)
VIEW C - SHORT ~ Sizes 0-8 = 1.5 yd (1.4 m), Sizes 10-20 = 1.75 yd (1.6 m)
Yardage (sizes 0-20) - 58” / 1.5 m wide
VIEW A - FULL LENGTH PANTS ~ Sizes 0-14 = 2.5 yd (2.25 m), Sizes 16-20 = 2.75 yd (2.5 m)
VIEW A -CROPPED PANTS ~ Sizes 0-14 = 2.25 yd (2 m), Sizes 16-20 = 2.5 yd (2.25 m)
VIEW B - TAPERED PANTS ~ Sizes 0-8 = 2 yd (1.85 m), Sizes 10-20 = 2.25 yd (2 m)
VIEW C - SHORT ~ Sizes 0-20 = 1.25 yd (1.15 m)
Yardage (sizes 14-32) - 45” / 1.14 m wide
VIEW A - FULL LENGTH PANTS ~ Sizes 14-22 = 3.5 yd (3.2 m), Sizes 24-32 = 4 yd (3.7 m)
VIEW A -CROPPED PANTS ~ Sizes 14-22 = 3.25 yd (3 m), Sizes 24-32 = 3.75 yd (3.5 m)
VIEW B - TAPERED PANTS ~ Sizes 14-22 = 3.25 yd (3 m), Sizes 24-32 = 3.5 yd (3.2 m)
VIEW C - SHORT ~ Sizes 14-22 = 1.5 yd (1.4 m), Sizes 24-32 = 1.75 yd (1.6 m)
Yardage (sizes 14-32) - 58” / 1.5 m wide
VIEW A - FULL LENGTH PANTS ~ Sizes 14-22 = 3 yd (2.75 m), Sizes 24-32 = 3.25 yd (3 m)
VIEW A -CROPPED PANTS ~ Sizes14-22 = 2.75 yd (2.6 m), Sizes 24-32 = 3 yd (2.75 m)
VIEW B - TAPERED PANTS ~ Sizes 14-22 = 2.5 yd (2.25 m), Sizes 24-32 = 2.75 yd (2.6 m)
VIEW C - SHORT ~ Sizes 14-22 = 1.5 yd (1.4 m), Sizes 24-32 = 1.75 yd (1.6 m)
- 2” (50mm) wide elastic, knit or woven (1 yd / .9m)
- Lightweight non-stretch fusible interfacing (.25 yd / .25m)
- Polyester thread
- Marking tool
PDP File Details
|Sizes 0-20||Sizes 14-32|
|Letter / A4||View A - 35 pages, View B - 31 pages, View C - 20 pages||View A - 42 pages, View B - 36 pages, View C - 24 pages|
|Copyshop / A0||View A - 2 pages, View B - 2 pages, View C - 1 page||View A - 3 pages, View B - 2 pages, View C - 1.5 pages|
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From the Closet Core Community
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I especially love the pocket construction. So clever. Makes such a nice flat front. Outstanding.
Made a pair for my daughter, they turned out fantastic! I cannot wait to make more, maybe matching pairs!
I have made the Pietra shorts version so far and they are easily the most comfortable shorts I've ever owned!
Already planning the crop trousers next.
This pattern was good for me - I have only 3" difference between my hips and waist, so there isn't much bulk at the elasticated back. I wanted a shorts pattern with an elastic back waist for my big belly.
My first version, in linen, was far to big at the back, and I typically need a flat bum alteration, plus a vertical tuck in the back. The second pair I made was better, in a heavy cotton from Japan. I'm sure the third will be better yet.
I also lengthened the shorts an inch or two, which is kind of shame because they're so cute short, but I'm in my 60's and the look just wouldn't be quite right.
This pattern is easy and fun to whip up.
This is the first pair of pants I've sewn and the came out great. The instructions were very clear and easy to follow. I used a lightweight linen and they've been a dream to wear during our recent heatwave.
I'm disappointed in this pattern overall. The finished UNELASTICATED waist measurement is not included. This is especially important if you're between sizes for hip/waist measurements. The elasticated measurement is included. There is also a drafting issue with the back crotch curve. When the unmodified pattern is sewn together, it creates a point. It is easy to fix by trimming the point when you sew the back to the front legs, but I expected better from a professionally drafted pattern. If you don't trim it and use the pattern as drafted, it creates a "stabby crotch"/little pyramid of fabric in the crotch where the back and front legs meet. I would not use a Closet Core pants pattern again because I have heard reports from others that it shows up in the Morgan Jeans as well. Attached photo shows this point. This is on an unmodified version of the pattern and it was sewn exactly as instructed.