Sara Pleated Pants Sewing Pattern (Free PDF)

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If something about pleats reads as old-fashioned or formal in your mind, let our Sara Pleated Pants sewing pattern be the proof they can be anything but. Everything about these pants is as effortlessly chic as it gets. They are relaxed and airy, the sort of pants you’d want to wear all summer long on all your adventures.

The Sara Pleated Pants is our modern take on the classic pleated pants style. Designed to sit on your natural waist, It has two small pleats at the front, back darts for shaping, useful hip pockets, a zipper front fly and belt loops. The legs are slightly tapered and hit right above the ankle bone.

Due to the number of techniques involved in this project, the pattern is labelled as intermediate. But even a beginner sewist can give it a try because we will guide you through the process step-by-step. It’s amazing what sewing a pair of pants can do to your sewing confidence! Follow this easy tutorial and make your own pair of pleated pants!

  • Free print-at-home format on US letter or A4 paper
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  • Most patterns graded in size 0/2 to 28/30
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Type: PDF Pattern
Skill Level: Beginner
Design Variations: 1
Sizes: 0/2 to 12/14, 16/18 to 28/30
Illustrations: Yes
Instructions: Yes

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Customer Questions and Answers


What's the finished length for the 0/2 size? All I see in the pattern are finished waist and hip measurements.

Alia • April 1, 2024
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I'm sorry our designer has not listed this in the pattern. You can measure the length and adjust as needed by assembling the paper pattern, and measuring the pattern pieces, and subtracting seam allowance to ascertain the length.

Lauren • April 1, 2024

If my waist is 70 cm and my thigh circumference is 58 cm, what size should I wear?

Vera • November 21, 2023
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Hello, The size chart is available in the free download which will give you the size based on your waist and hip measurement. Once you have assembled you pattern, you can then measure the pattern at the thigh to check the fit.

Lauren • November 21, 2023

I wish list: I wish you didn't lie about your pattern being free for download after your register first. All your site does it take you to one page of advertisement after the other but no sign of the pant pattern. Thanks a lot!!!!!!

June • October 28, 2023
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Hello, We're sorry the pattern didn't download for you. Once you sign in and click download, the pattern will automatically download to the folder specified by your browser. If you cannot find it, please email us and we can email you a copy.

Lauren • October 28, 2023

How much fabric will I need. I would probably be size 0/2 or 4/6

Eden • October 9, 2023
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Fabric requirements are listed for each size in the free download.

Lauren • October 9, 2023

Bonjour, Je viens de télécharger votre patron sans aucun problème. Le patron est tout en Anglais et je ne parle pas cette langue. Le petit carré de 2 pouces est bien 5 cm en français ? C'est pour la photocopieuse que je me trompe pas ? Et ensuite, vos tailles Anglaise donne quoi en taille Française ? D'avance merci pour votre réponse. Christophe.

Christophe • September 26, 2023
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Hello, the test square is exactly 2" and should be measured as such. As for sizing, we recommend comparing your body measurements to the size chart to find your best size.

Lauren • September 26, 2023

I have difficulty figuring out the right side of the fabric, specifically, the linens. Is the label affixed to the "right" or "wrong" side? TYIA.

Diane • August 13, 2023
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The 100% linen fabrics and plain woven fabrics do not have a discernable right or wrong side.

Lauren • August 13, 2023

Hi, I am trying to access the blog for instructions, but typing in gives me notice that the site is "unable to detect". Thanks, Beverly

Beverly • June 2, 2023
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Here is the link:

Lauren • June 2, 2023

Hi! I just downloaded the pattern but I can't find the instructions, where can I see them? Thanks.

Maria Fernanda • May 8, 2023
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Hello, you can find the instructions on our blog. Simply go to and use the search box to search "Sara"

Lauren • May 8, 2023

Bonjour, comment trouver ça taille française svp

David • April 6, 2023
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Hello, To find your size, please compare your body measurements with those in the size chart.

Lauren • April 6, 2023

Are these pants drafted for someone with a larger derrière and wide hips ? So many pants are made for people with narrow hips and a flatter behind and I would like to know before attempting to make the pattern. If not, are there options or alteration lines on the pattern for a larger bottom ? Thank you !

Mary Martha • February 12, 2023
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Hello, you may find it helpful to consult the finished garment measurements in this free download to help you select your size and if needed blend between sizes so that you can get the best size to fit your body.

Lauren • February 12, 2023

How can I download the instructions for Sara's pants?

gehan • October 10, 2022
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For sewing instructions visit: and enter "Sara Pattern" in the search bar. At the bottom of the instruction page, there is a button to download the instructions as .pdf

Lauren • October 10, 2022

Do I have to have the premium Adobe Acrobat version? My reader opens the file but the attachment section is empty.

Veronica • August 24, 2022
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Hello, Sometimes if the pattern download is interrupted, the attachments can go missing. Try downloading again, and if it is still missing, please contact customer service.

Lauren • August 24, 2022

The pdf has only 6 pages and no pattern. I registered.

Lisafabstor • August 18, 2022
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When you open the File in Adobe Acrobat reader, you will be able to view the pattern pieces as 'attachments'. Be sure to have your attachments menu open to see them. If you would like some assistance with this please see our Help Center articles or contact customer service.

Lauren • August 18, 2022

very intrigued to try one of your pants patterns. could you kindly point out the differences between SARA and ALENA? I'm not shure if I have figured it out.

Elisa • August 12, 2022
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Sure thing, these are the differences: Alena does not have a photographed tutorial, only written instructions. Alena is available in sizes 0 - 30, and Sara is available in duo sizes 0/2 - 28/30. The pocket opening on the Alena is slightly curved, and the Sara is diagonal. The waistband on the Alena is contoured, whereas the Sara is flat. The Alena features a straight leg, but the Sara is slightly tapered. The fit of the Alena is more fitted and the Sara is more relaxed.

Lauren • August 12, 2022
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Awesome when you figure out your size!

I loved this project, but found that the sizes weren't quite right. My measurements are 27 inches for the waist and 37 inches for the hips. According to the size chart, I should have opted for size 4/6, but it was way too big! I'm judging from a person's photo, but I don't understand how the model can wear size 4/6 with 3/8" seam allowances for the sample. Shouldn't it have been too big for her too? On the other hand, size 0/2 was perfect for me! Gotta love the high waisted pants. I only modified the seam allowances: 5/8" for the outside leg seam and for the waistband. I kept the 3/8" for the inside leg seam, as mentioned in the instructions. I also shortened the bottom of the pants to accommodate my 5 feet 2 inches. The instructions were very clear and easy to follow. Perfect for a first zipper fly attempt. Overall, I recommend this free pattern, thank you!

Dominique • June 28, 2023
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Perfect !!

Thank you for this pattern, I made it really easily (except for the fly which has always been a little bit tricky for me :)). The instructions are really clear and understandable with pictures of each steps. I love my new pair of pants and alrealdy plan on making a second one.

Nuage • May 9, 2023
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I loved the instructions and the pattern. Everything came together so nicely in the end, I learned a bunch of new things and I love the pants! Thank you for providing all those materials for free! There's really one tiny opportunity for improvement, from a European point of view: I think it could come in handy for some people if you included the measurements also in the metric units :)

Martina • August 31, 2021
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Great instructions

I'd like to thank Fabrics Store for providing so many nice patterns for free, including very clear instructions. The tutorial for How to sew a zipper fly (used in Sara pants) is excelent!

Sonia • August 8, 2021
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perfect fit, great instructions

I have only been sewing for a year and have heard horror stories about fly front zipper pants and decided to make this one my first ever pants to sew..The instructions are perfect...the links within the instructions is extremely helpful, I enjoyed making this and the sizing is spot on..will be making many more..Thank you for all the free patterns

Lindsay • May 6, 2021
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I loved sewing these pants. I have made size 4/6 .The pants are super comfortable and leggy.i pared them with a shirt of the same fabric to make it a coordinated set.thanku Fabrics-store for putting this pattern.i appreciate it.

Sanjay • August 20, 2023

The Sara pants fit the bill for on trend linen pants. They bridge the gap between straight leg and wide leg - basically perfect. The only change I made was to convert the front pleat to a dart. Love this pattern!

Lyn • August 2, 2023

Second attempt at a pair of pants. My first attempt was about 20 years ago. I decided to make these a "draft" pair as I get back into the swing of things again, so I bought super cheap fabric (thin cotton from Walmart). I definitely cut the pattern too big (was feeling fat when I chose the size, haha). Took in another seam allowance on the outsides before the waistband, and the waist is sitting super high. But all in all, I'm happy with how it turned out. I will wear them to work on the days that I workout at lunch because then I can wear my tights underneath. Will definitely make these again with proper linen (and a size or 2 smaller). I messed up on step 15 when I didn't match the notches of the waistband (but rather just took the center point and matched that with the back seam) and then sewed the fly backing back into the waistband (which essentially left no place for the button. But, I improvised by unpicking the fly backing to bring it back out behind the zipper, and then just sewing another square onto the waistband where the button should go. Looking forward to doing this again with the linen that was recommended! Thanks for a fun weekend project, team Fabrics Store!

Viveka • March 12, 2023

SARA Pants made with FS BLEACHED Heavyweight Avocado Dyed Linen. I found the directions and construction clear and easy to follow. I learned a new way to construct a zipper fly and wound up sewing the most flawless zipper fly of my sewing life. The belt loops were also constructed in a cleaner way than other patterns I have sewn before, so these pants taught me a number of tricks I will be using in the future. I'll be wearing my SARA's to work, the park with my kids, on weekend library trips, grocery shopping, brisk fall walks and dressed up with a heel silk tank and a pop lip. They are classic, versatile, extremely wearable, and a well constructed sew. You can read more about this project here:

Sadie • October 15, 2021

First time sewing pants! I'm so happy with the result. They were quick to sew and the instructions were clear even for a beginner. ps. sorry for the dying plants and mess in the background...

Maxine • September 1, 2021
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