Magda — Crisp Linen Pants Sewing Pattern (Free PDF)

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Nothing says summer like a crisp pair of white linen pants! These tapered pants have pockets and a comfortable elastic waistband. Wear with sneakers or heels!

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Skill Level: Beginner
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Customer Questions and Answers


I was thinking of doing these with a drawstring. I saw: Do you think that one could adjust the Magda pattern to support this drawstring waistband? And if so, can you think of anything that I should consider? My only concern is the Magda waist is much wider—but maybe it would work with a hip level waist. I'd love your thoughts. BTW, I made these pants without pleats for my husband and he gets so many compliments!!

Lynn • May 9, 2024
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You will need to adjust the waistband and length of the pants to suit the width of your drawstring, we also recommend medium weight fabrics or lighter for drawstring only, as the weight of the fabric is not sufficiently held up by a drawstring alone, and elastic is required.

Lauren • May 9, 2024

Hello, is the finished garment hip measurement really 46 inches for a size 0/2. I'd like to make them but that seems huge. Maybe there is an adjustment I can make? Angela

Angela • April 20, 2024
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Hello, Yes, these pants are designed with an enlarged hip shape. If you would prefer a more classic shape check out our Calantha Pattern or even the Cass pants.

Lauren • April 20, 2024

Hi, I want to start sewing, and wonder is it beginner friendly or I better do another easier pattern?

Sofiia • March 2, 2024
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This is a beginner friendly pattern. Happy sewing!

Lauren • March 2, 2024

Hello, the comments all say these are very oversized and then there were Fabric Store responses saying that they would modify the pattern to account for this. I just wanted to know if the adjustments were actually made to account for the large sizing or if I should assume they're still oversized and should size down?

Denise • January 26, 2024
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Hello, These pants are designed to be roomy in the waist and have a dropped crotch look. We have released other pattern with a more tailored look. Please look out for Cass, Calantha and our soon to be released Yana Patterns.

Lauren • January 26, 2024

Hi is the size guide in US sizes?

Rosie • December 22, 2023
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Yes our patterns are in US sizes.

Maureen • December 22, 2023

Bonjour, Pouvez-vous m'indiquer si les marges de couture sont comprises dans le patron ? De combien sont-elles ? Merci d'avance, cordialement

MARIE PIERRE • October 20, 2023
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Hello, seam allowance is included in all of the patterns on the site. For premium patterns standard seam allowance is 1/2" unless otherwise stated. For free patterns, seam allowance varies and is listed on the pattern and/or tutorial.

Lauren • October 20, 2023

Hello, I cannot find the PDF with he sewing instructions... could you please indicate where it is available? Thank you very much.

Victoire • June 23, 2023
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Please refer to our blog for all instructions - copy and paste this link to the instructions you need

Maureen • June 23, 2023

Bonjour, Avez-vous ou pouvez vous me donner les correspondances des tailles: en tailles Françaises ou en cm s'il vous plait. je n'arrive pas à trouver cela sur votre site, ni de tableau de correspondance sur le net. Merci d'avance et belle journée.

Patricia • April 16, 2023
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Hello you can find the size information based on body measurements in inches inside the free download :)

Lauren • April 16, 2023

What is the appropriate weight linen for these pants? Softened or not? Thank you!!

Carol • March 21, 2023
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Hello, the recommended fabric for this pattern is our 4c22 heavyweight linen. Most prefer the softened finish for its next to skin softness.

Lauren • March 21, 2023

Hello, I can't get this to download, an I am connected. Thank you for help. Emmanuelle

emmanuelle • August 13, 2022
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To start the download please make sure you are signed in. The download will automatically start and download to your designated downloads folder. If you need more help, please email us.

Lauren • August 13, 2022

I can not get this to download

Phyllis • August 11, 2022
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To start the download please make sure you are signed in. The download will automatically start and download to your designated downloads folder. If you need more help, please email us.

Lauren • August 11, 2022
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super-comfy - waist is perfect!

OMG. I have wide hips and big butt (16/18 per the size chart - I have 44" hips), and made the 16/18 and they're pretty darn big, so I made the 12/14 instead and they fit perfectly. My butt is very round, so, very sorry to the flat-butted folks out there - probably easier to find the right size than with this bubble/shelf situation I have going on. Anyway, the fact that I traced and cut both sizes, and both waists fit PERFECTLY onto the pants, was a mathematical wonder to me. I always choose to just make the top of the pants taller instead of attaching a waist, because it's so tedious, but I went for it this time and they are PERFECTION. Super-fast pattern if you ignore the flat-felling (I did this until I got to the right size for me - they are both my favorite new PJ pants now). My linen pants are next in the 12/14 size and I will be flat-felling it all. FYI that these are CRAZY-long for a crop pant. I'm 5'9" and had to take almost a full inch off the bottom so they'd be an actual crop above the ankles. Can't wait to see them in linen!

Kathy • May 30, 2023
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These pants give me the physical versatility and comfort of wearing athletic pants while also looking very nice. I have worn these for long walks and stage combat and they show no signs of strain in the usual places. They fit loosely, allowing a range of movement, but the high and close-fit waist makes sure they don't fall down or move out of place even after a long day of action-heavy rehearsals, and the heavyweight linen I made these out of helps me stay cool. Make sure you account for the height of the waistband when placing the pockets (else you end up having to lean a bit to access them)! I will definitely be revisiting this pattern soon!

Alice • May 23, 2023
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Actually.... These pants are exactly sized.

The only thing wrong is the description. I have two pairs of pants just like these in Moroccan Cotton (65% cotton, 35% rayon) that I paid $125.00 per pair about 10 years ago. They're called HAREM pants. Big and baggy, tapering down to almost snug at the ankle. If you are looking for a more traditional fitting pattern, try Alexandra, adding pockets if you like pockets. But if you're looking for comfy fit that looks perfect with big, blousy tunics or want to make a tiny waist look even tinier, this is the pants pattern for you.

Heidi • August 27, 2021
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Great pattern but too bad I being sent around the fabric world to find instructions. I get to the THE THREAD Blog and it is not there. Come a quick download of instructions and stop playing around to get more hits on pages. I have spent to much money on your fabric to be sent on this run around!

Roberta • July 14, 2021
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Hello, here is the link to the tutorial: If you ever cannot find one for the tutorial, simply search the pattern name in the search bar :) We are in the process of updating our free patterns to simply include a link to the blog and instructions to search for the pattern name in order to get the tutorials, This way we won't have any broken links to worry about :)

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Mariann profile image Wow! Your patterns are ALMOST as wonderful as your fabric

Having read through the reviews of this pattern (enticed by Morgann's initially), I decided to make a test version for sizing in the IL019 Signature Finish (I keep buying patterns with 3 yards included) before making "real" pairs in the heavy-weight linen 4C22 colors I have purchased. I am 5'4" and 165#, slightly long waisted. I went down 2 sizes from the suggested size for my measurement, shortened the legs by 4 inches, and, based on a few comments about the rise, decreased that by 3 inches, did not cut out pockets--this was intended to be a quick sew to understand the pattern and I intend to wear as lounging pants. My results--good call on mods EXCEPT the decrease of the rise. After constructing all but the waist, I slipped them on and they were too low. So, I added the 3 inches back by sewing a strip to the top(these are not leaving the house). I have a few modifications I plan to make for subsequent trousers. I may peg the lower leg slightly, they are almost that awkward middle ground between full and narrow, sort of meh (on me). I will keep the smaller size, normal rise and maybe google around for modifying the seat to be a little fuller. It feels as if the center is not quite there. Also, will cut waist band to fit the top pants without the need to pleat, daughter said that was not complimentary. Thank you AGAIN for another great pattern, easy to follow instructions, lovely material, and copious inspiration!

Mariann • June 11, 2021
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I chose to sew the Paper Theory Patterns Olya shirt. I really wanted to showcase the different scales of gingham linen that I selected. The innovative cut of the sleeve perfectly highlights the color blocking of the different fabrics and elevates the traditional details of a classic Oxford shirt. It's both something that is unique, but also a versatile wardrobe style that I will be able to wear in so many different ways. With the leftover fabric, I made the Fabrics-Store free Magda pants pattern, altering them into shorts. You can read more about this project here:

Monelle • September 24, 2021

To complement the top, I made the The Fabric-Stores Crisp Linen Pants in Frost Grey. The instruction stated that they were a loose-fitting pant. My measurement went along with the size 12 measurements. I did the 12 waist but went down to the size 10 pant. I have to say I am very disappointed in how huge they are! Loose-fitting and huge are two different things. Although I am disappointed in the pants, the tutorial was wonderful. I especially found the instructions for the pocket to be easy to follow and offered a very professional look! The fabric is beautiful and worked up nicely. Considering ways to make them wearable, or to try to remake them!

Deb • April 26, 2021

A few things to know about this sewing pattern; it features an elastic waistband, side seam pockets, a cropped and tapered leg, and an intentionally loose fit. In other words, the perfect paper-bag style pants. I chose to make them in NATURAL Linen to pair well with anything in my closet, but I think they would be so beautiful in a crisp white or black as well!

Morgann • February 18, 2021
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