+ An easy way to take in your pant’s waistband

Funny story…when Danny saw me editing these pictures, he laughed and called me a sailor, then quickly said…wow you shouldn’t have that booty picture. hahaha, I didn’t take the picture out because these pants are rocking the booty…so these aren’t my sailor pants, they are my booty pants.

As you can tell from all the stripes an diagonal anchor buttons on lots of my skirts and pants – I LOVE nautical stuff! So, when I pulled these pants out of the “to refashion” heap in my sewing room closet, I got very excited. The only problem…it is a size too big and a little baggy in the, ahem, well you know. I didn’t want to seam rip anything, I just wanted to fix this in 10 minutes. How I did it…instructions below. My favorite part of these pants besides the buttons is the cute tie in the back! Love making old, new!

necklace: self-made with emily and mike    pants: delia   shoes: steve madden    shirt: f21

pants that need taking in
sewing machine or needle and thread
flexible measuring tape
fabric pen or marking chalk
1. Put pants on inside out and mark how much you want to take in evenly on both sides
2. Sew along the markings and make sure to taper really really well so there will be no bulges

 3. Cut and iron down so the center is exposed (if you want you can serge edges before ironing)
4. Then top stitch (if you want) to prevent fraying on inside and to keep the newly sewn waistband flat…DONE!


  1. This is an awesome way to save money! All the clearance jeans are either way too small (not much help there) or too big. But if I can take em in, I can buy em cheap! Yay! Thanks for the great tip and how-to.

  2. ok really. you and your little family are adorable!!! :] so cute love your blog you are so very very talented my dear. i am now a proud follower. hope you’ll take a look at mine

    love m.
    keep in touch

  3. I love the necklace how did you made it? love you blog :)

  4. simple but makes a lot of sense, the necklace is awesome!


  5. i NEED to get myself a sewing machine….as soon as im out of college. haha i wish i could sew…

    <3 AlphabetSoup Style

  6. oh yeah booty pants. My butt/hips have outgrown my pair similar in the butt to these. I must get a new pair.

  7. Hey Lady!

    someone “pinned” you!


    Thought you would be excited!

  8. i love sailor pants! i think i actually have some in my refashion pile… i’ve been meaning to start chipping away at that so i can join your refashion nation…

  9. Thanks for the inspiration! I just adjusted some sailor pants today with a little help from your tutorial.


  10. Ahhhh…top-stitching! I hadn’t thought of this step. Makes a world of difference! I have just the pair to try this out on.


  11. Genius! Now I can buy too big pants on clearance. Love!

  12. Hi Lizzie that is awesome!!! Have you tried it for heavy denim jeans as well??? Is this going to work for them or is there another way to make your jeans fit better on waist

  13. Thanks for this post! LOVE your necklace!

  14. I was super excited to try this on some jeggings I have that are too big in the waist area but when I did my sewing machine gave me trouble :( it bunches up the thread and won’t pull the material through (I am obviously a newb at this!) does anyone know what I might be doing wrong? I have tried adjusting the tension and stitching length and even changed the needle and presser foot nothing has helped!… (Yes I did already look in my sewing machine manual)

  15. Yay I fixed my pants! Thanks for the tutorial… now off to make skinnies out of my old baggy ones!

  16. Those pants are adorable! I can’t wait to read more of your posts, I’ve found them very helpful. Hopefully these tutorials will help me with some projects :)


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