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Finished: Butterick 5336 Harem Pants


I have a bit of a love affair with harem pants.  I remember making two pair for freshman year in high school.  One pair was corduroy. I wore them for my first day of high school.  Yeah, I was that girl.

I went on to make several additional pair of harem pants over the years.  I mostly wear them in the summer now. Yeah, still that girl.

I’ve been dreaming about a pair of grey harem pants since 2011. I bought the fabric and everything.  Too bad the fabric shrunk significantly during pre-wash.  I’ma wear ’em to Aqua Zumba anyway.


Pattern Description:
Misses’ harem pants pattern from 1991.

Pattern Sizing:
I lost my original pattern somewhere along the way. I traced a pair of harem pants I made freshman year in high school.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Sort of. It wasn’t as loose fitting as usual.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions used to be easy. See above re: lost pattern.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Seriously?  I love this pattern.  This version is probably my 6th pair over the years.

Fabric Used:
A grey woven from my stash.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I made some necessary changes to the pattern.  I have a 36″ inseam and a 49″ outseam. When
my fabric shrank during pre-wash,  the yardage came up short. I cut the legs narrower than the pattern called for. I then let out all the seams to 3/8″.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
This pattern is a favorite of mine for summer pants. They’re kooky,  but I love them. I would recommend this pattern if the pants match someone else’s kooky style & one can get ahold of a copy.