Endless wave harem pants

topic posted Tue, January 8, 2008 - 8:22 AM by  Jami
I want to try to make a pair of these, but it looks challanging. Has anyone else made a pair? If so, any advice?
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    Re: Endless wave harem pants

    Tue, January 8, 2008 - 9:28 AM
    Have you ever made harems at all? that is a good start. Look for a pattern or something (but NOT fat chance folkwear pattern) that has a yolk on the top. you don't want fatchance pants because of how they are fitted in length and the fact that they don't have a regular crotch.

    Then you want to take the leg pattern and slice it vertically. add triangle from ankle to top, with the point of the triangle at the ankle. These triangles shoud be right angle triangles about 15" at the top, give or take seam allowance and how wavey you want your pants to be.

    Then sew all the sliced up bits back together, and cuff the bottoms, add on the yoke and put in the drawstring!

    it is really easy, it only sounds awefully long. But it doesn't take anymore sewing skill than the original pants.
  • Me too

    Wed, January 9, 2008 - 5:30 PM
    I ordered a pattern as well, since the pix I saw out on Ebay indicated that the pant legs might actually be semi-circles with the ruffles set in along the grainline. If so, I'm looking at 6 yds minimum of silk... a serious expenditure.. so I decided to invest 17.50 in a pattern!
    • Pants Pattern is good!

      Tue, February 5, 2008 - 7:07 PM
      I finished my first pair. I have two more to go. The pants take 3-4 yds of fabric and the 12 flounced fins another 4-5 (depending on width). The dancers I am making them for are ecstatic about them.

      The pattern instructions are designed for folks using nylon fabric with no seam finishing required. I am using silk, so I created 'faux' seams along the lines where the fins were to be attached to the pants by folding the pant over the raw fin edges. This probably makes the pant a bit less billowy-looking, which is fine with us.

      The pants are definately designed for an average-height woman. The pattern does supply 'lengthen or shorten here' lines on both pants and fin-flounce patterns.

      I felt the crotch erred on the side of too-deep and too-long, so I modified it. Also, I prefer to insert gussets at the crotch instead of using a western-style crotch - like a karate pant - it gives more freedom of movement and can be replaced if/when it wears out.

      Although the design is simple, there are yards of fabric involved and yards of seams. So give yourself more than a couple of hours to put these together.

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    Re: Endless wave harem pants

    Wed, January 9, 2008 - 5:39 PM
    Endless Wave Harem Pants were originally designed by Gaylene of Gaylene's Boutique. You can order the pattern off her web site, cheaper than you can get it from some venders. Her web site is
    • Re: Endless wave harem pants

      Tue, February 5, 2008 - 7:35 PM
      Even if one doesn't use silk, but a fabric like the ones offered on ebay, and one is only slightly beyond beginner sewing skills, is it worth it pay the $75.00 as a buy it now? I love their turqouis, turquois, turkcoyze, blue ones. :)
      • Re: Endless wave harem pants

        Tue, February 5, 2008 - 9:17 PM
        The pants aren't really hard, but they are time consuming. You have to mark where the flounces go, cut and hem and trim the flounces, sew and reinforce them on the pants themselves. I guess you have to decide what your time and patience level is.
      • Decisions, decisions!

        Wed, February 6, 2008 - 7:30 AM
        One way to decide is to figure out how much the materials and trim will cost you if you DIY. The difference between the material costs and the ready-to-wear cost is what you 'save.' In my case, purchasing online was not an option because I needed total control of fabric, size and color. If you can buy what you want for $75, and the construction is sturdy and the pants washable, I'd say it is 'worth it.'
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          Re: Decisions, decisions!

          Wed, February 6, 2008 - 7:50 AM
          I have made a few of these...I used netting with hologram print of lime green cats for halloween. the pants are easy to make. I also serged the edges with contrasting thread instead of putting trim on could zig zag instead...the netting didn't have a grainline so I could use less fabric..don't ask me the measurement 'cause I just buy the whole piece/remnant and use it for many things. Also If you stagger the top of the ruffles to start at different levels it makes it more interesting.

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