Thai fisherman pants are basically wide shapeless pants that wrap in the front and are held with a tie. The tall waistband then folds down over the top.
Here they are flat:
Black is tough to photograph. Here’s a pic that better shows how the wrap looks in the front. Ignore the totally awkward tree pose, thanks. 🙂
I think these pants are perfect for relaxing, yoga, or as a beach cover up. I plan to toss them on over my bike shorts (aka diaper shorts) when I walk to spin class – cause these things ↓ are hideously unflattering to just wear around!
The fabric I used is a 50/50 rayon and linen blend. It has a nice drape and is light enough to be comfortable, but still heavy enough that it’s opaque.
For the pattern, I started with this tutorial as a guideline. My first muslin seemed okay. But I quickly realized that there was a problem. Despite being wide pants, they were too tight in the rear. If I sat down or bent forward, it felt like the back seam was going to rip out.
But fronts and backs of pants aren’t identical, as illustrated by these pajamas.
EDIT: When I first wrote this post, I indicated that I might write a followup post to provide more details about my pattern, such as the dimensions of the pieces. Unfortunately, I never got around to it, and my pattern and notes have been lost. Therefore, I am not able to provide any further information about the pants aside from what’s in this post.
As for construction, I serged all the seams except the side seams of the waistband. I did french seams there since the wrong side of the fabric is exposed when the waist folds down. Also, the tie is permanently attached to the back waistband.
I think I might have found my new favorite comfy pants! So, I’d say Thai fisherman pants are a winner, even though it took a little extra effort to get the pattern just right.