Here we are at the first day of Granny Chic Week and I’m starting off with some old lady polyester elastic waisted pants and turned them into high waisted pleated pants. I actually grabbed these at the swap meetup party I cohosted, knowing exactly what I wanted to do with them. I was SO happy to see them turnout and I LOVE them!! Despite my husband hating them I’m totally going to wear them around town!
We can just consider Beck a model too, with his hair up in a pony tail and his bright red stained Popsicle mouth, he is a natural. I think he is thinking in the last photo “what is she wearing?!”
bottoms: swaped shoes: guess Necklace: mom/dad gift belt: thrifted
old lady pants
sewing machine or needle and thread
flexible measuring tape
marking pen or chalk
1. Seam rip out elastic waist band.
2. Iron out the old creases to make the fabric nice and flat.
3. Hem the top of the pant’s waistband under at least 3/4 of an inch to an inch, to make it pretty inside you can sew under a quarter of an inch first, then the 3/4 of an inch to an inch.
4. Measure elastic that was just taken out from one side to another, making sure it is at your natural waist. Then sew the elastic into the back waist of the pants (just the back, from one side to another) with a zig zig stitch. To do this, you must pin the ends of the elastic at each side of the pant’s waist, then stretch the elastic so it is flat with the waistband of the pants and sew a zig zag stitch or a wide straight stitch. I sewed a zig zag stitch both on the bottom and top of the elastic.
5. Make the pleats with pins, iron down the pleats, then top stitch them down a few inches starting at the top.
6. If the butt of the pants is too big, then take it in at the butt seam by turning them inside out and sewing in as needed at the butt line.
7. Skinny up the legs by turning them inside out, putting them on, and pinning or marking them to the skinniness you desire, then sew! Done!