Sara Pleated Pants Pattern, Type - PDF


If something about pleats reads as old-fashioned or formal in your mind, let our Sara Pleated Pants sewing pattern be the proof they can be anything but. Everything about these pants is as effortlessly chic as it gets. They are relaxed and airy, the sort of pants you’d want to wear all summer long on all your adventures.

The Sara Pleated Pants is our modern take on the classic pleated pants style. Designed to sit on your natural waist, It has two small pleats at the front, back darts for shaping, useful hip pockets, a zipper front fly and belt loops. The legs are slightly tapered and hit right above the ankle bone.

Due to the number of techniques involved in this project, the pattern is labelled as intermediate. But even a beginner sewist can give it a try because we will guide you through the process step-by-step. It’s amazing what sewing a pair of pants can do to your sewing confidence! Follow this easy tutorial and make your own pair of pleated pants!

  • Free print-at-home format on A4 paper
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  • Most patterns graded in size 0/2 to 28/30
  • Many have Step-by-step instructions on The Thread blog
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Type: PDF Pattern
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Design Variations: 1
Sizes: 0/2 to 12/14, 16/18 to 28/30
Illustrations: Yes
Instructions: Yes

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Customer Questions and Answers


How can I download the instructions for Sara's pants?

gehan • October 10, 2022
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For sewing instructions visit: and enter "Sara Pattern" in the search bar. At the bottom of the instruction page, there is a button to download the instructions as .pdf

Lauren • October 10, 2022

Do I have to have the premium Adobe Acrobat version? My reader opens the file but the attachment section is empty.

Veronica • August 24, 2022
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Hello, Sometimes if the pattern download is interrupted, the attachments can go missing. Try downloading again, and if it is still missing, please contact customer service.

Lauren • August 24, 2022

The pdf has only 6 pages and no pattern. I registered.

Lisafabstor • August 18, 2022
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When you open the File in Adobe Acrobat reader, you will be able to view the pattern pieces as 'attachments'. Be sure to have your attachments menu open to see them. If you would like some assistance with this please see our Help Center articles or contact customer service.

Lauren • August 18, 2022

very intrigued to try one of your pants patterns. could you kindly point out the differences between SARA and ALENA? I'm not shure if I have figured it out.

Elisa • August 12, 2022
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Sure thing, these are the differences: Alena does not have a photographed tutorial, only written instructions. Alena is available in sizes 0 - 30, and Sara is available in duo sizes 0/2 - 28/30. The pocket opening on the Alena is slightly curved, and the Sara is diagonal. The waistband on the Alena is contoured, whereas the Sara is flat. The Alena features a straight leg, but the Sara is slightly tapered. The fit of the Alena is more fitted and the Sara is more relaxed.

Lauren • August 12, 2022
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I loved the instructions and the pattern. Everything came together so nicely in the end, I learned a bunch of new things and I love the pants! Thank you for providing all those materials for free! There's really one tiny opportunity for improvement, from a European point of view: I think it could come in handy for some people if you included the measurements also in the metric units :)

Martina • August 31, 2021
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Great instructions

I'd like to thank Fabrics Store for providing so many nice patterns for free, including very clear instructions. The tutorial for How to sew a zipper fly (used in Sara pants) is excelent!

Sonia • August 8, 2021
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perfect fit, great instructions

I have only been sewing for a year and have heard horror stories about fly front zipper pants and decided to make this one my first ever pants to sew..The instructions are perfect...the links within the instructions is extremely helpful, I enjoyed making this and the sizing is spot on..will be making many more..Thank you for all the free patterns

Lindsay • May 6, 2021
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Very good

Very good and easy pattern

Flipa • April 11, 2021

First time sewing pants! I'm so happy with the result. They were quick to sew and the instructions were clear even for a beginner. ps. sorry for the dying plants and mess in the background...

Maxine • September 1, 2021

SARA Pants made with FS BLEACHED Heavyweight Avocado Dyed Linen. I found the directions and construction clear and easy to follow. I learned a new way to construct a zipper fly and wound up sewing the most flawless zipper fly of my sewing life. The belt loops were also constructed in a cleaner way than other patterns I have sewn before, so these pants taught me a number of tricks I will be using in the future. I'll be wearing my SARA's to work, the park with my kids, on weekend library trips, grocery shopping, brisk fall walks and dressed up with a heel silk tank and a pop lip. They are classic, versatile, extremely wearable, and a well constructed sew. You can read more about this project here:

Sadie • October 15, 2021
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