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Persephone Pants and Shorts - PDF Sewing Pattern Sizes 0-20


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The Persephone Pants + Shorts pattern is based on photographs of men’s 1920s-’40s US Navy sailor pants. This is a high waist pants and shorts PDF sewing pattern. These pants are unique in that they do not contain side seams. The front and back pant legs are cut from one piece. It has a concealed button fly, front waist in-seam pockets, belt loops, and two back waist shaping darts. View A: Cropped length pants + View B: Cut-off shorts. Intended to be made with woven non-stretch fabrics, however 3%-5% stretch woven fabrics can also be used. Please refer to the Measurement Chart for information on the fabric/notions you will need for this project.

SEWING LEVEL: This pattern is appropriate for Intermediate sewers.

SIZES: 0-20

- Sewing instructions with clear illustrations for each step
- Print-at-home pattern
- Copy shop pattern including both US and A0 page sizes


When you purchase this pattern, you will receive a digital (pdf) sewing pattern and instructions. Once your payment processes, you will automatically receive a link to download the pattern files. If you have any problem accessing the files, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

After downloading the files to your computer, you can print out the pattern using your home printer. The pattern pages are formatted to fit US standard page size (8.5” x 11”) as well as A4 page size (8.26” x 11.69”). Be sure the printer settings are set to “actual size” and only print the first page that includes the test square before printing the rest of the pattern. Measure the test square with a ruler to be sure the pattern pages will print accurately. If the measurements are correct, go ahead and print the entire pattern. Assemble the printed pattern by cutting out the pattern pieces and matching them together by the letters and numbers that are marked on each pattern (“1A” to “1A”, “1B” to “1B” etc.) and then taping them together.


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This document may not be reprinted, resold or redistributed without written permission. Please do not share this pattern with your friends, but encourage them to purchase their own copy.
This pattern is meant for your personal use only. You may not sell finished items made from this pattern.

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5 out of 5 stars

These pants are amazing!! This was my first time making a pair of fitted pants and first time sewing a zipper (I got the zipper expansion too), and I am so happy with how the came out. The directions are easy to follow and the finished product is perfect. I lengthened the leg by a few inches (I’m 5’11”), and used a non-stretch linen weave for a drapier look. Obsessed!

Hope Allison 07 Apr, 2022

5 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed making these shorts, though the high waist and long fly a bit too long for my body shape... It was pretty easy to modify the shape to size 10 waist, size 8 hips, and 6 down my little chicken legs! I also swapped out the size 10 fly to size 0, and after two practices on an old bed sheet to hone the process, I am really pleased with the result! Fabric used is cotton drill. And I am excited to have just sewn my first ever zipper successfully using the zipper expansion instructions. Definitely use this pattern again to make the trousers.

Melisa 31 Jan, 2022

5 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed making this! I recommend making a toile first, I had to alter the waist and the hips a little so that it’d fit me better. I’m reading happy how they turned out!! I’m already planning on making a few more

Aysegul Ogur 07 May, 2022

5 out of 5 stars

First pair of pants! So approchable! Fit wasn’t perfect but modifying wasn’t too hard. The wide leg cut and super high waist is my favorite thing ever. I have at least two new pairs on my mind to make with this pattern :)

cecilia 19 May, 2021