Persephone Pants + Shorts by Anna Allen

The Persephone Pants + Shorts pattern is based on photographs of men’s 1920s-’40s US Navy sailor pants. This is a high waist pants and shorts PDF sewing pattern. These pants are unique in that they do not contain side seams. The front and back pant legs are cut from one piece. It has a concealed button fly, front waist in-seam pockets, belt loops, and two back waist shaping darts. View A: Cropped length pants + View B: Cut-off shorts. Intended to be made with woven non-stretch fabrics, however 3%-5% stretch woven fabrics can also be used.


Available sizes: 

US 00-20
See size chart in images

In the following formats:
  • PDF: Includes instructions, A4 tiled print at home, and A0 files
  • PDF + A0 Printing: Includes the PDF file as above and A0 printing

*Note the PDF + A0 Printing option for this item includes all views. If you only want to print 1 view then we recommended buying the pattern first and then request printing of  your selected A0 pages via our handy Printing Services page.





10oz cotton canvas or twill with no stretch*. Any other bottom weight woven fabric can be used, including cotton denim, drill etc. Extra fabric needed to match plaids, stripes or one-way designs.

*Although this pattern was drafted for non-stretch fabrics, several pattern tested have had success sewing these pants in a woven fabric with 3-5% stretch.

Fabric requirements:

See image for details.


  • Matching thread
  • Heavy duty button thread for hand-sewing buttons
  • 4 x 5/8” buttons for sizes 0-16 OR 5 x 5/8” buttons for sizes 18-20
  • 1  x  3/4” or 7/8” button for waistband
  • Fusible interfacing
  • Pocket lining

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