This blog post on how to measure and cut female trouser pants  is provided to aid anyone who is interested learning sewing skills. While every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information contained, we would love to get your feedback on better ways to serve you this information. Your questions and contributions are welcomed.

The pattern needs to be made to fit the individual:  it’s recommended that you make up a trial pair  with a cheap fabric example cotton linen. As a beginner  cutting all the pieces oversized is good to allow for adjustment. Initially, pin or sew them loosely so that you can easily make alterations.


It’s always best to get somebody else to measure you. Put on a pair of trousers that fit you comfortably and that come as far up your body as you want your new trousers to reach.

Use a tape measure to take the following measurements, and record the values. Double-check all these measurements before cutting. A good tailor measures twice and cuts once.


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WA = Waist To Ankle  or can also be called the trouser length . Measure the vertical distance from your waist to the ankle. Measure at the side of your body.

KA = Knee To Ankle length. Measure the vertical distance from the back of your knee to your ankle.

Ankle Width= Measure loosely around your ankle, and make sure that you’ll be able to pass your foot through this measurement.

Knee Width= Measure loosely around your knee: you need to be able to bend your knee with the trousers on.

Thigh Width= Measure loosely around the top of your thigh.

Hip Width= Measure around the widest part of your hips.

Waist= measure loosely around your waist.

Now let’s begin!

  • My Assumed measurements and calculations
  • To measure and cut, fold the material into two.

Waist =32 : waist/4 = 8 +1 ( sewing allowance) = 9

Hips =36: hips/ 4 =9 +1 (sewing allowance)=10

Thigh= 24 : thigh /2  = 12.  sewing allowance is added while cutting the back

Knee= 16: knee/2 =8 sewing allowance is added while cutting the back

Ankle =14: ankle/2 = 7 sewing allowance is added while cutting the back.

KA= 16,


(1) Measure the waist. 9 inches horizontally.

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(2)To get the crotch, divide the waist by 4 and take a part of that 4. In this case it is 8 inches. Mark 8 vertically downwards from the edge of the waist. Make a box as shown to connect the 4 edges(all 8inches). Then extend the line under to 2 Inches more.


(3)To get the hips: mark 3 inches from the lower part of the box. At that point measure the hips. In this case, it is 10. (36÷4=9 +1=10)
The 10 is measured as thus: 1/2 inches close to the crotch and the remaining inches at the back.
To get the curve of the crotch. Mark 1 inch at the right angle of the crotch as shown. Join the curves as shown too.

4) Measure the trouser length vertically downwards at 34 add 2 inches making it 36. This is for the hem folding. From the point 34, measure 16 inches vertically upwards to mark the KA. Mark 8 inches horizontally for the knee width. Also mark 7 inches horizontally at the ankle to get the ankle width. Mark 12 inches at the thigh level. Connect the points , marked as shown in the diagram.

5. Cut out the pattern to get this

6) To get the back, place the front piece on the another folded uncut piece, then at the top, mark 2 inches upwards as shown with the blue dotted line. This is for the buttocks sitting. Mark an extending 2 or  3 inches line from the crotch, mark an extending 2 inches from the knee and an extending 1.5 inches from the ankle. This is from sewing allowance. Make an adjoining line then cut.

7) And then you get the finished pattern

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  1. I love this cos I understand the cutting of a trouser better now.

  2. Great job.
    With picture illustration, understanding the tutorial will be more easy….
    god bless you

  3. There are no pictures whatsoever which makes following the article almost impossible because it keeps saying like so when there are no pictures. I have opened it with more than one type is web browser still nothing

  4. Thanks for the lecture bit i didn’t see any picture illustrating the explanation….

  5. An illustration of the pattern will go a long way to simplify the instructions. Not complicated to follow.

  6. Lovely articles but there are no diagram to illustrate your explanation. Please how long will it take to get the DIAGRAM fix..

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