Joker Trousers Sewing Tutorial – Required Materials


* Purple/green plaid = 3 yards of 60” fabric or 4 yards of 44” fabric

Unable to find an ideal wool plaid fabric, I designed a Spoonflower print specifically for these trousers.

I’ve made the design public and you’re welcome to use it for your Joker trousers.

I specifically calibrated the colors for their “lightweight cotton will” since I found it to be the best overall option from their available fabrics.

* Lightweight contrast fabric = 1 yard

This is for the fly and internal waistband facings. I used a purple lightweight cotton fabric.

* Fusible interfacing = 1 yard

I like to use Pellon “Shape-flex” (SF101), because it’s 100% cotton, inexpensive, and easy to find.

* 1 yard of pocketing

Either of the options below should work well:

“Deluxe Polyester/Cotton Pocketing” (T401)

“Silesia Cotton Pocketing” (T41)

Alternatively, a lightweight cotton fabric such as muslin or quilting cotton will work fine.


* 1 spool of black thread

* 1 spools of dark purple thread (optional)

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½” nylon stay tape

Cotton twill stay tape is more common and will work fine, but in this case I prefer to use the nylon stay tape because the bulk it adds is negligible.

* Six ¾” buttons

* Six suspender buttons

* Two trousers-style hook-and-eye closures

You can use the standard retail trousers-style hook-and-eye closures, which are hand-sewn to the garment.

However, for sturdier closures and nicer-looking waistband, use the more professional, prong-type closures!

* 2 yards of 1 ½” Ban Roll

This is to help provide structure for the trousers waistband.

* ¼” double-fold bias binding (optional)

You can simply serge the edges of your trousers, including the button fly assemblies.

However, I chose to bind these edges with purple bias tape, to give the trousers a little more pizazz.

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