Fit and Sew Pants

Make a perfect pair of Chanterelle Pants

Learn to make a pair of pants that fits you beautifully, enabling you to move freely and confidently as you go about your life – a feeling that is the birthright of every person of every shape and size. 

Master fundamental pants fitting skills while sewing several pairs of Chanterelle pants in this fun online course.

Chanterelle Pants Zipper Fly Expansion Pack

Once you’ve learned how to a step-by-step method to pants fitting, follow along our detailed sew-along to sharpen and learn new pants sewing skills, such as zipper fly construction.

We’ll walk you through every step, teaching you professional techniques peppered with tons of sewing tips, all within a cheerful and encouraging learning environment.

In this thorough, warm, and supportive online course, you will make a pair of elastic waist pants and a pair of casual zipper fly pants – all from the comfort of your own home.

Watch (and re-watch) any time – your course access never expires.

In class, you’ll be using the Chanterelle Pants PDF pattern, which comes in sizes 0-34 and is included in your enrollment.  The Chanterelle, our bestselling, foundational pants pattern comes with options to make pull-on, elastic waist pants in barrel leg or wide leg silhouettes, casual shorts, as well as a zipper fly front option with a comfortable elastic waist back. With this adaptable pattern and course, you’ll be able to make an incredible variety of pants, custom-fit for your body.

The Chanterelle Pants provide an ideal opportunity to delve into pants fitting, thanks to their straightforward silhouette.

Featuring 3 elastic waist views and a zipper fly option, the Chanterelle is an adaptable wardrobe workhorse.

Fit and Sew Pants includes:

  • the original Chanterelle Pants & Shorts sewing pattern
  • the Zipper Expansion Pack
  • 20+ hours of video instruction available forever. Watch and review anytime!
  • membership in our supportive course community
  • a warm class environment that feels like sewing with friends

Skills and techniques taught:

  • Getting into a healthy mindset
  • Taking detailed measurements
  • Tools and supplies for pattern fitting
  • Making a muslin
  • “Reading” your muslin to diagnose fit issues
  • Making pattern adjustments, including:
    • How to adjust the rise
    • How to adjust crotch shape
    • Seat adjustments
    • Abdomen adjustments
    • Hip and calf adjustments
  • How to install a zipper
  • How to install jeans buttons
  • and much more!

The fitting and construction skills you learn in this course can be used not just on the Chanterelle Pants; your strong foundation will carry over to any pants pattern you fancy making. Plus, you’ll have a handful of Chanterelle Pants that you’ll feel SO good wearing.

Pants fitting makes many sewists feel intimidated, but this course will break down the barrier of entry to the world of well-fitting pants. Boost your confidence and your comfort with Fit and Sew Pants.

Meg, Sophia and Shaerie wearing Zipper Fly Chanterelle Pants, our best fitting pants pattern

what our students are saying


Thanks for all your hard work, loving this platform hidden away from all the ads and gimmicks of social media. I typically tend to be a mostly silent observer on social media and often forget to engage or share, but your platform really makes me want to join in.

Emmiline L.

I looove your learning how to sew course! When watching the video, I feel like I'm in a room with a couple of friends who are teaching me to sew. When I'm sewing I am just blissed out and so happy to be doing something I've always wanted to do. I am sooo grateful for this opportunity and community and thoughtful teaching. You're not just designing good patterns, you're making sewists!

Kristin Koons

Shaerie is one of the best teachers I have come across, and I have taken A LOT OF CLASSES!


This is a wonderful platform and the community is simply amazing! I am so grateful to be a part of it! I really love the way the lessons have been set up and I'm really loving that I can easily go back to a section and re-watch it just in case I missed something.


I'm really proud of how far I've come! I'm also so proud of my classmates, whom I've been meeting via Sew Liberated's (non-social-media) groups pages, and it's been so nice to connect with other people who are also experiencing the learning process and sharing their own perspectives and questions.

Thu Ngo

The method of instruction - following the trajectory of an instructor teaching an actual student - makes it very easy to follow and understand. And having the community of other people in the class is an added bonus - a place to ask questions and get support. I could not be happier with my experience so far!

Shaerie Mead
Meet the team
Shaerie Mead
your instructor

Teaching people how to sew their own clothes is Shaerie Mead’s jam, and she’s been doing it for decades.

In addition to being a patternmaker and designer of her clothing line, Iona, she owned the much-loved Sew LA, a workshop space where she taught hundreds and hundreds of folks how to sew.

Shaerie’s clear, detailed, and approachable teaching style will put you at ease and deliver so many “ah-ha!” moments. She really gets how beginners learn, and she’s got your back.

“Shaerie is one of the best teachers I have come across, and I have taken A LOT OF CLASSES!” – Karen
your teacher, Shaerie Mead
Meg McElwee
Meet the team
Meg McElwee
your other instructor

There’s little Meg loves more than bringing mindfulness and a little bit of humor to the practice of sewing.

She brings her background as a progressive educator to the design and back end of the Learn to Sew Your Clothes series, and can’t wait to pop into the lessons here and there to inject her expertise in sewing and creative styling.

Click here to learn more about Meg, the founder of Sew Liberated.

Meg McElwee, Learn to Sew Your Clothes instructor
Sophia Kiser
Meet the team
Sophia Kiser
your fellow student

You won’t be alone on your journey! You’ll learn by watching upbeat and intrepid Sophia learn to sew.

She’ll ask all the important beginner questions that are on your mind. Thanks to Sophia’s candid learning curve, you’ll realize that everyone makes little mistakes, and it’s ok! Mistakes are simply the way we hone new skills.

You’ll be delighted to observe Sophia blossom as a sewist as the lessons progress, right alongside you.

“I’ve spent hours and hours with Shaerie and Sophia. (I have taken every single class!) Sophia has grace, enthusiasm and a wonderful sense of humor.” – Lisa
Sophia Kiser, student in Learn to Sew Your Clothes
Sew Liberated
Meet the team
Sew Liberated
your trusted sewing pattern company

One of the first independent sewing pattern companies, Sew Liberated has been doing this since 2007. But we aren’t just informed by needle and thread. Meg has a Masters in Education, and brings her knowledge and passion for how people learn to everything that Sew Liberated produces: from beautifully clear instructions to designing learning journeys.

Combined, Meg and Shaerie have over 50 years of experience in both sewing and sewing education.

Course participants also have access to the boundless knowledge of Sew Liberated’s professional patternmaker and fitting whiz, Judith, in the online course community.

Meg and Judith, in the Learn to Sew Your Clothes community
Shaerie Mead
Meg McElwee
Sophia Kiser
Sew Liberated, your trusted sewing pattern company
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Sophia, our Learn to Sew Your Clothes student, sewed her first practice seam ever!

Which Learn to Sew course is right for me?

We have courses for sewists of all levels, from complete beginner to advanced.

Unsure about where to begin? Our Guided Placement for Sewists (GPS) will locate your perfect starting point on the Learn to Sew Your Clothes pathway.

Who is it for?

This course is perfect for the confident beginner or intermediate sewist who feels intimidated by the idea of fitting pants, who is looking to deepen and expand their technical sewing skills, or who wants a detailed Chanterelle pants sew-along.

Need help fitting a bodice, too? Gain confidence in your ability to fit any sewing pattern with the Master Fitting course bundle, which includes Fit and Sew Bodices as well as Fit and Sew Pants.

Our illustrated guide walks you through diagnosing and making pattern changes for common pants adjustments, so your Chanterelle Pants will fit like a chef’s kiss.

What’s more – our guide will provide you with the knowledge to fit ANY elastic waist pant!

Looking for more help? Our Fit and Sew Pants class provides detailed fitting instruction, as well as a complete Chanterelle sew-along.

Pants fitting guide

learn to sew with friends

Join over 2500 students who have experienced the warmth and connection of Sew Liberated’s online course communities.

Your course includes membership in our online support group, hosted on our own website. No Facebook necessary!

Get fitting feedback and suggestions as you integrate this important skill. And, most importantly, find new friends who totally get your passion!

Meg and Ashley are wearing deep teal Lichen dusters and are giving each other a hug while they smile at the camera.


Will my course materials expire? Do I get lifetime access?

Yes, with your purchase you get lifetime access to the course videos, other materials, and membership in the private Learn to Sew support group. You also get lifetime access to the downloadable PDF Chanterelle Pants sewing pattern, as well as the PDF Zipper Fly Expansion Pack.

What level of sewist should take this course?

This course is designed for confident beginner to intermediate sewists. The videos take you through every step of fitting and sewing the Chanterelle Pants, and our course community provides support and feedback as you go.

I haven’t taken the previous courses in the Learn to Sew Your Clothes series. Can I take this one? 

Yes! If you have previously worked with sewing patterns to make several garments, you should be just fine. In particular, if you want to learn more about fitting, this is a great course for you. If you are completely new to fitting, you would benefit from first taking Fit and Sew Bodices, followed by this course, Fit and Sew Pants. We offer a Master Fitting course bundle which includes both courses at a discounted rate.

If you are brand new to using a sewing machine we recommend you start with Intro to Sewing or Sewing Basics 1. It could also be helpful to take Sewing Basics 2 and Beyond Sewing Basics to learn intermediate sewing and finished techniques. (We have a whole page with details about our carefully-designed Learn to Sew Your Clothes course series.)

When can I start, and how much does it cost? 

You can start right away! The cost is $149, which includes the Chanterelle Pants PDF sewing pattern, the Chanterelle Zipper Fly PDF sewing pattern, and printed pattern pieces shipped to you (there may be an extra shipping fee for those outside the US). This price is similar to what you might pay for a comparable in-person class.

How do I get my pattern sheets?

When you sign up for Fit and Sew Pants, your printed pattern sheets are included in your course purchase. We will mail your pattern sheets to your door, and you will be able to access your PDF pattern (which includes your instructions) from your My Account page on Sew Liberated’s website. Downloads do not expire.

How do I know if the patterns will fit me? 

We pride ourselves on having an inclusive size range. All of the patterns on the Learn to Sew Your Clothes learning path fit waist measurements up to 52.5” (133 cm) and hip measurements up to 61” (155 cm).

Can I make any view of the Chanterelle Pants?

Instructions for the wide leg, barrel leg, shorts, and zipper fly front are included in the course.

I am nervous about fitting, will I be able to figure it out?

It is normal to be nervous, but Shaerie goes over all the common pants adjustments, and we have fitting guide booklet as a further resource. You will be amazed at how empowering doing your own adjustments feels, and how much of a difference it makes in the wearability of your clothes. You can even apply these adjustments to other patterns. 

Have other questions?