Introducing the next pattern…the Tofino Pants!

I’m so excited to introduce the newest pattern from Sewaholic Patterns, the Tofino Pants!

I’ve been dreaming of making comfortable yet pretty lounge pants to wear around the house, and they’re finally here!

tofino pants

(this is my favourite photo of all time! it looks so fresh)

Modern, medium-rise pants are cut loosely for comfort without being extremely saggy or oversized. Pants are cut slightly higher in the back, slightly lower in the front for a modern fit.

tofino pants side and back

Piping elongates the leg, and adds an interesting contrast. You could add lace or other trim instead of piping, flat piping instead of corded piping. Both elastic and a fabric tie belt help to keep your pants up and the fit perfect around your waist.

If you prefer to lounge in shorts, you’re covered! The Tofino pattern includes shorts as well as long pants.

tofino shorts

These shorts were originally intended to be short-shorts. Caroline sewed the samples, and I asked her to leave them knee length so I could figure out the best short length. Then I tried on the knee length versions and loved them! So cosy, and most importantly, not going to ride up like super-short shorts would. I had on knee socks and these knee length shorts and the Renfrew top and thought, now this is a comfy lounge outfit that’s still very cute! (And it’s still easy to shorten the pattern into short-shorts.)

Want a cosy outfit to sleep in? Wear the Tofino pants with a Renfrew Top! It’s easy to sew up the simple knit top for another loungewear outfit. That’s what the shorts and pants are modelled with and it was extremely comfortable to wear!

tofino pants and renfrew top

One thing to note, I have the pants tucked up by about four inches. I’m about 5 feet 4 inches and I have proportionally short legs compared to the rest of me. So if you’re tall, these pants should be plenty long enough for you! (But if not there are lengthen-and-shorten-here lines included.)

tofino pants by sewaholic patterns

This pattern works well in lightweight cottons, rayons, or even knit fabrics. You could use a silk or silk-like fabric for a dressier set, cotton flannel for a cosy winter set. The key is to pick a fabric that feels soft enough to sleep in!

Where do the names come from? Tofino is a district on Vancouver Island that’s known for its beaches, surfing, whale watching, and beautiful resorts. I’ve never been there, but I certainly want to visit!

These pants are fairly straightforward to sew, perfect for a beginner ready to learn some new techniques. If you’re on the new side, skipping the piping will make these pants even easier to sew!

tofino pyjama pants by sewaholic patterns

I hope you like the new pattern! Click here to visit the store and buy the Tofino Pants pattern. Thank you for your support!

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72 Responses to Introducing the next pattern…the Tofino Pants!

  1. Aleksandra May 20, 2013 at 6:11 am #

    Love these! And what perfect timing. I was just lamenting the death of my black capri-length drawstring pants. These will easily modify into capri length, I’m sure…

    • Tasia May 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

      Oh for sure! Start with the long pants, and cut them off where you want them to fall. Or, measure your pants that you have now, and shorten the pattern to match before cutting them out.

  2. Diane @ Vintage Zest May 20, 2013 at 6:24 am #

    Such a cute color combination!

  3. Jennifer May 20, 2013 at 6:25 am #

    Wohoo! I actually thought about pleading with you to consider drafting a pyjama pants pattern for those of us not quite brave enough to tackle the Thurlow trousers yet. I’m off fabric shopping, maybe a lovely brushed cotton, or a heavy jersey…. Thank you Tasia!

  4. Rachel May 20, 2013 at 6:27 am #

    I love them! I love the contrast piping detail and waist tie! I can’t wait to make some! Since I am even shorter than you, 5 foot 2 inches, they will need a little saling up! Lol!

  5. Elena Knits May 20, 2013 at 6:52 am #

    Wow, they are really adorable!

  6. Marnie May 20, 2013 at 7:12 am #

    One of the first things I tried making when I got into sewing a couple years ago, was pajama pants. I used a unisex pattern from one of the big guys and they were a hot mess. The rise went up to my ears and nothing fit comfortably anywhere. Since I work from home, pajamas are my uniform and store bought are never long enough in the rise to cover my butt. This may have to be my next sewing purchase. Love.

  7. Samina May 20, 2013 at 7:16 am #

    I love these too! I’m off to order my pattern right now!

  8. Nessy May 20, 2013 at 7:18 am #

    Oooooo I want to sew these up now, they are right up my street! Love the colour combo, can I be cheeky and ask what the snowflake material is? It’s lovely and perfect for next winter.

    • Tasia May 20, 2013 at 10:41 am #

      It’s a cotton flannel – both the snowflake and the spotted fabric are. Thanks for asking, I forgot to mention it in the post!

  9. Doortje May 20, 2013 at 7:50 am #

    A pretty lunge-set! After a long sewing-break I’m catching up with the Alma blouse right now.

  10. Holly May 20, 2013 at 7:55 am #

    Tasia, you have to visit Tofino! It’s spectacular!

  11. Lauren May 20, 2013 at 7:59 am #

    I never thought I would find myself wanting to buy a pattern for sleep pants, but… I want this pattern for sleep pants. They look exactly like my favorite pair of lounging pants and I KNOW those are comfy and awesome. I’m sold!

  12. verna May 20, 2013 at 8:08 am #

    YAY!! I had a feeling from the teaser pics they were pj pants. So perfect. I love the idea of beginner patterns that are lounge clothes so you can still get use out of them even if they aren’t up to standard for wearing out. I do yard work in PJ pants so now I can look cute while gardening!

  13. Kelly May 20, 2013 at 8:27 am #

    Very cute – love the piping detail! That’s a great way to try out an intimidating technique.

  14. LLBB May 20, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    These are so cute! already ordered my pattern :) I love the idea of the long shorts – I always end up wearing gym shorts around the house in the summer and that does not make me feel polished! And I’m hoping maybe to use the long version for xmas gifts as well.

    • LLBB May 20, 2013 at 10:41 am #

      I have a question re fabric requirements. If you don’t plan on using fabric for the piping or tie belt (e.g., if I’m going to use store bought piping or leave it off, and make the tie belt out of twill tape) then do you not need the yardage listed under ‘contrast’ at all?

      • Tasia May 20, 2013 at 10:46 am #

        Exactly! The contrast yardage covers the bias piping and the fabric belt. If you are skipping both, then all you need is the main fabric. Good question!

    • Tasia May 20, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

      I love the way the long shorts feel, I find that shorty-shorts creep up and I don’t feel as comfortable. These are super comfortable and if you make or wear a matching top, it’s a fairly polished yet relaxed look!

  15. Fiona May 20, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    Your patterns are so awesome! You’ve even made lounge pants look well fitted and flattering!

    • Tasia May 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

      Thank you! That was my goal, make them look cute enough that you don’t mind being seen in them!

  16. ClaireE May 20, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    Oooh, they look super comfy! I can see me living in the during the winter months! And the piping is such a perfect detail.

  17. maddie May 20, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    These pants look so comfy! They’d be perfect to wear over my me-made undies. Congratulations on the release!

  18. kristonlion May 20, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    oooooo this is totally what i want to wear EVERY DAY! also, could probably make them into scrub pants and wear to work :)
    Also, I want to go to Tofino, ah maz ing looking!

  19. Virginia May 20, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    Oh, I think I need some of these in a range of fabrics. Thick fleece for winter and silk for summer nights with the bf. :-)

  20. Chantal May 20, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    Wow, these look so cute and comfy! I’ve already ordered, and I can’t wait to make them!

  21. Leigh May 20, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    That side panel makes these look quite slimming. Finally, lounge pants that don’t make a lady look all hips and thighs!

  22. Sandra May 20, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    Fairly new to sewing, so excited about this pattern, love the Renfrow top, made one last week and found it easy to sew, even for me!
    Love the patterns!

    • Tasia May 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

      That is so great to hear! If you can make the Renfrew, you can make these. The hardest part is the piping so if you switch to pre-made piping it may be easier to sew.

  23. Fiona May 20, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    Nice! I love the piping, it just adds that little extra touch of class. And I have been to Tofino, it’s really beautiful!

    • Tasia May 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

      Oh nice! I’ve always wanted to go. One day perhaps! I like the piping too, I wanted to add a subtle detail that makes the legs look longer, it’s hard to look tall in relaxed-fit pants like this so the vertical details help!

  24. Angela May 20, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    Just ordered these.. taking a quick break from sewing a Lonsdale for my daughter. Loving my Sewaholic patterns!

    • Tasia May 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

      Awesome! Thank you!

  25. Reyna Lay May 20, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    How cute! Love the colors.


  26. Becky May 20, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    I’m suspecting that in a knit fabric, they might make great workout pants, too! Which is great, because those are also surprisingly hard to find in a cut that fits both my hips and above that.

    • Tasia May 20, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

      Oh yes! You would want to make sure the waistline is snug enough that they stay up if you’re running or jumping but other than that, they’d be a nice change from the super-snug workout pants that are popular now.

      • Becky May 21, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

        No kidding– needed a new pair so I bought some at a house party that a friend of mine was having. But circumstances conspired against me and I couldn’t actually try them on there, and they’re so tight! I’m definitely going to have to wear a HUGE t-shirt with those to feel like I can work out in public!

  27. Natasha May 20, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    I’m actually thinking of board shorts with this pattern! :) Once I’ve found suitable fabric of course. Hunting down a nice fabric for board shorts is proving to harder than one would expect.

    • Tasia May 20, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

      That would be cute! I remember being able to find board short fabric easily ten years ago, when I was making them to wear with bikini tops. Hawaiian-style prints with white and one other colour is what I remember using. Good luck with the hunt!

  28. Janet May 20, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    They look really nice. I am planning on making them for xmas presents for my 13 year old and 17 year old daughter, and a pair for me. Thanks! BTW enjoyed sewing up your Renfrew. I am super pleased with the results and have another fabric to make a second. Keep making good patterns and I will keep buying them!

    • Tasia May 20, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

      I’m so glad your Renfrew turned out well! It’s the most popular pattern of them all so I’m glad you got good results. These pants would be great for teenagers. A couple of my pattern testers made a pair for themselves as well as a pair for their daughters! Kind of cool to see the pattern work well for multiple generations.

  29. Athena May 20, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    Thank you for all of your beautiful patterns. I’ve already ordered my copy and believe me I can picture myself wearing them outdoors as well, maybe as gym pants or on the beach, depending on the fabric. I am a beginner sewist and my first attempt to make elasticated waist lounge pants ended up in disappointing results: they were very baggy and made me look bigger than I actually am and the worst thing was that they did not offer enough rear coverage whenever I had to sit down or bend. Keep up the great job!!!

    • Tasia May 20, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

      I hope these work out for you then! The Tofino Pants are cut higher in the back specifically to avoid that peek that happens when sitting or bending. Anyone with a curvy bottom is going to have trouble with regular pants – some of them are even cut the same height in front and back! On these the front rise is lower, the back is higher, designed to fit your body while sitting as well as standing. Hope you like them!

  30. Nicole May 20, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    I keep debating whether to buy the Renfrew or not… What would be the benefits compared to tracing my favorite tees? Also, I love this pattern, but some fabric I have bought to make family members pjs I only have 2.5 yards of. At 5’4″ would I be able to make size 14 pants to fit my mom? The yardage requirement is 3 yards. :(

    • Tasia May 20, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

      Hi Nicole! Well, of course the benefit to buying a pattern is that you have multiple sizes, instructions, and pattern pieces ready to work with, including seam allowances, and everything’s been tested to make sure it works well and the pieces fit together. So that’s a huge benefit!

      As for whether you can get the pants out of 2.5 yards instead of the recommended 3 yards? It depends on the width of your fabric, and if you need to match up the print, and if you can squeeze the pieces closer together or flip them around to get the tightest fit possible. I won’t be able to say for sure whether you can make it work or not because the fabric requirements do suggest 3. What about making the side panel out of contrast fabric? That would save you a bit of fabric!

      • Nicole May 21, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

        I’ll be making it out of quilting fabric and it’s a one-way design… I’m thinking maybe if I cut it out on the fabric single-layered and do a small hem and don’t get picky about matching things up along the seams it may work. Typically I can get by with less with dress patterns by doing that — except for the matching. Thanks for responding!

    • Lucy May 20, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

      For what it’s worth, I usually find that the yardage requirements on these patterns are fairly generous (better than finding you’ve got nowhere near enough though!) and I often have a reasonable amount left over. That said, I’m a 4, so near the bottom end of the yardages.

      I also work in metres, so there’s probably a discrepancy in my maths somewhere :-) But I do usually find you can get away with less yardage, if you’re prepared to do some creative laying out and single-layer cutting. But as Tasia says, it also depends on your fabric.

      As for tracing your favourite t shirts, remember that they stretch out of shape as they age (kind of like us! lol) so you might not get as good a pattern as you’d hope.

  31. Melanine May 20, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    Perfect timing! I just purchased flannelette in pastel yellow with pretty pink roses and was looking for a PJ pattern. Yay!

  32. Jennifer May 20, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    I really adore that all of your patterns are classic designs (with room for individual expression, of course!). I don’t buy a lot of Big 4 patterns because so many of their designs are flat-out weird. Or outdated. Or cheap-looking. Every piece of clothing you’ve designed looks like something I’d expect to see (or hope to see!) offered by a clothing boutique. It feels good to know that I can come to your site and find timeless designs that I can make as professional or as fun as I want. Thank you, Tasia!

  33. Nay May 20, 2013 at 11:06 pm #


  34. Annabellouise May 21, 2013 at 1:12 am #

    Love them, particularly the racing stripes. I also like the longer length shorts.
    More elegant.

  35. Krista May 21, 2013 at 8:52 am #

    You’ve never actually been to Tofino? You must go. It’s gorgeous. Rent a condo, pitch a tent, whatever. Don’t forget to stop at MacMillan park on the way to stretch your legs and walk through the grove of giant trees. I’m braving the windy road with my carsick 4 year old again this summer. I can’t wait to set the kids loose on Long Beach.

  36. bibliotecaria May 24, 2013 at 6:33 am #

    My question that I can’t tell from the pictures: where is the waistband supposed to hit? I am fairly high-waisted and I don’t like the lower waists that are so common on pants today. I feel like I’m exposing the least-attractive part of me, plus I feel like my pants are going to fall off.

    • Tasia May 24, 2013 at 8:49 am #

      These pants are cut higher in the back and lower in the front, if you prefer pants to sit high on the waist this may not be the pattern for you! I designed them to sit lower for personal preference, and also because I find the majority of the pants out there do sit quite high so these would be different. You could always add to the front waist but that may be more work that you want to do on such a simple pattern. Hope this makes sense!

  37. charlottepb June 4, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    these look lovely!

  38. Claudia Wade July 9, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    I would definitely buy this pattern if you would do it in a plus size version. I am just outside your measurements for the size 16. Seriously, I think you would sell TONS of these to us larger women. Thanks!

  39. Diane July 20, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    Hi Tasia
    I just finished making your Tofino pants and I just wanted you to know how much fun I had making them! I made them out of a very bold and colorful print (my favorite). In addition, I have a Bernina with the piping foot which made making and sewing in the piping SUPER easy…no basting whatsoever!
    Thank you again for such a wonderful pattern…I’ve already purchased some very bright Damask to make my second pair with!

  40. Barbara August 18, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    Kyewt! You really must get to Tofino. It is simply beautiful on that side of the island. :)

  41. Laura October 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    These are so cute and I adore the name! I am wondering if there may be a way to put a button around the side of the knee and sew a ribbon on the inside that you could roll up and button to change to capris or shorter pants in warmer weather? Just a thought…

  42. Ellen October 22, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

    Sewist newbie here with a question: I am adjusting the waistline out a bit from the hip. Normally I’d do this for the outside seams (or so I read) but what about with the side panels in this pattern? Do I size up each side piece as well? Or just do some sit-ups to bust this gut I’ve developed? ;) thank you and happy honeymoon!

  43. Kate January 2, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

    Super nice! Great work!

  44. Linda February 24, 2014 at 8:16 am #

    I just finished two pairs for my daughters Demaree and Tamara…the girls are short and skinny and love these…since I made them in flannel, I used 1in grosgrain ribbon for the ties…looks really cute…trying to use up my stash and these are terrific. Oh, instead of piping, I pressed the seams open and topstitched 1/4in on each side of seam….that sure made them quick!

  45. Cornelia June 9, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    Please, please do this pattern in pdf – it’s such a long, expensive way to Europe for a paper pattern and I really loved Tofino and so do I those pants!!


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