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Closet Core Patterns - Mitchell Trousers



About the Mitchell

This is fast becoming a firm favourite in the sewing community.  The Mitchell pattern is inspired by a genius songwriter with timeless style, and this pattern is a modern twist on a classic pleated trouser. These trousers are comfortable, and the unique details make them very elegant.

The Mitchell Trousers are high-waisted with a fly front zipper and a comfy hidden waistband facing for a sleek continuous silhouette through the rise; choose between a hidden pants hook and bar or classic button closure. Deep pleats in the front enclose a unique angled pocket. Darts shape the back, with optional back welt pockets.

  • View A features a tapered leg ending at the ankle.
  • View B features a full-length wide leg and adjustable waist straps secured with D-rings or sliders.


The Fabric

For structured looking Mitchells select sturdy woven fabrics like light to midweight denim, twill and canvas, and midweight linen, cotton, and wool suiting.
For a softer Mitchell, select midweight fabrics with drape, such as tencel twill, wool crepe, or silk noil.

The Notions

  • Fusible interfacing
  • 58” wide interfacing: 1/2 yd (0.45 m)
  • 20” wide interfacing: 1 yd (0.9 m)
  • Pocket lining: 3/4 yd (0.7 m) for 45” or 58” wide fabric
  • Pants zipper
  • 0-20 Size Range: sizes 0-6 = 5" long, sizes 8-16 = 6" long, sizes 18-20 = 7" long
  • 14-32 Size Range: sizes 14-20 = 7" long, sizes 22-28 = 8" long, sizes 30-32 = 9" long
  • Sew-in hook & bar closure for pants: 1/2" (13mm)
  • Pants button to secure fly front: 5/8" (16 mm)
  • Button for inside waistband: 5/8” (16 mm)
  • Thread in matching colour
  • Optional: Slider buckles (one pair) or D-Rings (two pairs) for adjustable waist straps, 1 1/2” (38 mm) wide
  • Optional: Small buttons to secure back pocket welts, 3/8 - 1/2" (10-15 mm)
  • Optional: Twill tape to reinforce front pocket openings, 1/2 yd (0.5 m)
  • Optional: Double fold bias tape for finishing waistband (may be replaced with serged stitch), 2 yds (1.75 m)


This pattern is for sizes 0 - 20.  See the Closet Core Patterns size charts provided for details.


Level of Difficulty

Closet Core Patterns rate the Mitchell Trousers as 'Intermediate'.


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Closet Core Patterns - Mitchell Trousers

Closet Core Patterns - Mitchell Trousers