The True Bias Lander Pants are the best high-waisted, wide leg pant to sew and add to your me-made wardrobe! Read more for more photos and a full pattern review.
I’ve never thought that bootcut or flare pants look good on me. Whenever I try on ready-to-wear options, I always feel like I am swimming in them. Plus, they always feel so disproportionate! The beginning of the flare never hits at the right spot on my leg and the length is always too long. Since I haven’t felt very confident in wider leg pants, I gave up on the idea of wearing them and have stuck to skinny jeans for several years now.
However, I do love the look of wide leg pants. The relaxed fit has always been super appealing and I love that they can be worn casually or dressed up. I always see the cutest wide leg style inspo on Pinterest and found myself wondering how I could finally rock the look.
After thorough Pinterest research I decided to finally make my first pair of wide leg pants, which were the Helen’s Closet Winslow Culottes. I thought they would be a nice intro to wide leg pants. The pattern is more of a flowy style, and I ended up loving how they turned out! After making them, I realized that it wasn’t the wide leg pant style that was the problem. I just need to make pants specifically tailored to MY body and not buy a ready-to-wear pair. I also did a lot of research on how to style them for the petite frame. The key is a high waist to elongate the legs and fitted tops to counter the wide bottom.
Since making my Winslows, I decided to make a more structured wide leg pant. I knew just the perfect pattern to sew!
The True Bias Lander Pants
I have been eyeing the Lander Pants for a while now but due to my hesitations as mentioned above, the pattern sat in my queue for quite a while. I’m pretty familiar with True Bias patterns, so I naturally gravitated towards the Lander Pants pattern. I decided to go with the pattern not just for familiarity, but also because I love the style. I found myself debating between the Lander Pants and the Anna Ellen Persephone Pants. It ultimately boiled down to the shape of the leg and the style of the pockets. I prefer the straighter leg of the Lander Pants and love the pocket style.
As I previously mentioned, I am a huge fan of True Bias patterns. With that said, I knew that the only thing I’d really have to worry about was making adjustments and getting the fit right. Their pattern instructions are super clear, so I had no worries as far as my ability to follow along. I actually sewed these as part of a sew along with fellow Spokane Sewists, and decided to follow along with the True Bias Lander Pants sew along. The posts are incredibly helpful as there are photos that walk through each step of the process. There is also a post highlighting common fit issues and adjustments, which helped a lot to understand how the pants should fit.
In looking at the pattern after assembling the pieces, I could tell immediately that I would need to adjust the length of the pants. I was slightly confused about whether or not I printed the right size. The pant leg pieces look SUPER wide, but the pattern calls for a 1 inch seam allowance on the outer leg so that is why. Don’t be alarmed by that!
Sewing the True Bias Lander Pants
Sizing, Adjustments, and Customization
I chose to sew a size 6. My measurements are 34-29-38. Since the pattern has a 1 inch seam allowance on the outer leg, the waist measurement is what I focused on in choosing my size. This is actually what is recommended by True Bias. Given the larger seam allowance, it is easier to take in/let out at the hip and throughout the leg.
In choosing length, I opted for the cropped Lander Pants option. I love the look of cropped pants with booties! Below is the inspiration for the look!
As mentioned before, I could tell immediately that I would need to adjust the length of the pants. I shortened the length by 5 inches prior to making my muslin. It ended up being a good estimate and didn’t have to adjust length further.
I couldn’t tell if I had to make any adjustments to the crotch, hip, or rise. Due to that, I waited until I tried my muslin on to determine what adjustments I would need to make. Once my muslin was finished, I did end up having some bagginess at the crotch. When I reached out to the sewing community on Instagram, True Bias actually responded that the issue may resolve itself when sewing with a heavier fabric. I decided not to make any additional adjustments and opted for making alterations during the sewing process instead.
I absolutely love Merlot shades in the fall and winter, so I decided to sew with a Merlot Cotton Corduroy from Fabric.com.
The Sewing Process
As predicted, I did end up making alterations during the sewing process. I took in the crotch, hips, and waist. The pattern doesn’t recommend to take in at the waist, but the waist was so loose that I had no choice. I adjusted the waistband by the same amount that I adjusted the waistline, and it worked out perfectly.
Aside from those alterations, the sewing process was very smooth. Since these pants call for a button fly, I ended up buying a jeans hardware kit from Blackbird Fabrics. I love how convenient their kits are. For my Lander Pants, I ended up using only the buttons and not the rivets as the kit includes. I will save those for another project!
Final Impression and Results of the True Bias Lander Pants Sewing Pattern
I recommend this pattern for intermediate to advanced sewists. I think this is a great pattern if you are looking to sew your first pair of pants. The sew along posts on the True Bias blog help tremendously, and the instructional images were key in helping me achieve great results.
Overall, I’m very happy with how my Lander Pants turned out! After sewing and going through all the alterations, I probably could have sewn a size 4. I do plan on making these pants again, so I will most likely size down next time.
I’m looking forward to wearing these through the fall and spring seasons! Have you sewn the Lander Pants? Let me know about your experience in the comments!