+ Another way to take in your pants or to turn them into skinny jeans tutorial

pants: oasap   top: self-made   shoes: steve madden
I have made many different tutorials for taking in pants and making them skinnies…and this is the latest and easiest thus far! If you have a pair of pants that only need to be taken in a size, ie just a smidgen, and or made skinnies then this is the tutorial for you. Perfect for those of you, like me, that love to thrift pants or buy them online before trying them on, hence my story.
There is the quick way to do it and a not so quick, but professional looking way to do it.

Supplies:
pants
sewing machine
scissors
pins
thread
marking pen or chalk
Quick way
Instructions:
1. Flip inside out and mark where then need to be taken in by pinching with one hand the fabric on the outside of the pants and marking with the other.
2. Take them off and seam pick the hem open a few inches around the outside seam (pin openings open now) and the few inches before and around the area that you are ending the stitch up by your hips (knees where ever you are ending the stitch) leaving an opening.
3. Sew a basting stitch (unless you feel quite confident, then choose normal length on the straight stitch), and follow the markings. Taper at the end of your stitch so it doesn’t leave and awkward seam. Try them on and if you like, use normal length straight stitch over it.
4. Cut the excess material leaving a little more than a quarter inch and serge the ends (you can just run a zig zag stitch over the ends with your sewing machine).
5. Optional – topstitch the new seam.
Not so quick way
Instructions:
1. Un pick the TOPSTITCHES (not the actual stitch that holds the pants together), so you are left with one clean seam.
2. Flip inside out, put them on and mark where they need to be taken in by pinching with one hand the fabric on the outside of the pants and marking with the other.
 3. Sew a basting stitch (unless you feel quite confident, then choose normal length on the straight stitch), and follow the markings. Taper at the end of your stitch so it doesn’t leave and awkward seam. Try them on and if you like, use normal length straight stitch over it.
4. Cut the excess material leaving a little more than a quarter inch and serge the ends (you can just run a zig zag stitch over the ends with your sewing machine).
5. Top stitch the outside near the new seam, then a quarter or so inch next to it to sew the excess fabric/serged piece down.

 

Comments

  1. thanks for the tip! I’d never thought of taking the time to pick out the top-stitch.

  2. These turned out SO CUTE!

    creamyclothes.blogspot.com

  3. I just found your wonderful blog and thank you for the tips, I can get a little lazy and just not bother teaching myself to fix some items. Any suggestions on bringing in a waistline a tiny bit?

    http://allezfaire.blogspot.ca/

  4. That’s crazy your legs look so thin in the picture. They turned out really good and love the shoes with them.

  5. Looks great! I have a few pants this could be useful for.

    xx
    naturally-christina.blogspot.com

  6. Great Idea, you always give the best sewing advice!

    Love your blog :)

    Taylor

    http://taylormariesvoice.blogspot.com/

  7. Those pants are so cute and look great taken in!

  8. This will actually save my life! Great tips, your blog is always full of inspiration.
    Anna

    http://opshopaholic.blogspot.co.nz/

  9. Love the pants! Question: What’s the model name and/or number of those steve madden shoes, I LOVE them, but I can’t seem to find them anywhere!

    Thanks!

  10. just in the knick of time! I got a pair of Joe’s at the DI but they are a little too big. I’ll be testing this out asap. THANKS!

  11. WOW! Such an easy thing to do, but it takes someone like you with that special creative gift to figure it out. Thanks for sharing!

    http://sewinginsight.com

  12. i did it! i did it!
    Im so happy! i was about to give away my ill-fitting pants – found you – and now ive found myself wearing a super cool skinny!
    im sorry, i dont have before/after pics, but i just had to come back and say ‘a big big thank you’!!!

  13. LOVE your blog and love this tutorial! I just did a similar thing for my friend who wanted jeans turned into skinnies! I LOVE YOUR SLOW FASHION sense (and not that you are slow but that you SEW a lot of your own stuff!) I would love to do something with you for my blog http://www.theyearofslowfashion.com about sewing! THanks for having such a great blog!

  14. My sister always needs her pants to be taken in, and none of the alteration shops in my town seem to know how to do it right. I’ll definitely be giving your tutorial a try. Thanks!

  15. Hello! Few weeks ago I found yours blog and it is fantastic! This week I decided that I will refashion my pants and yours posts were very helpfull. You are doing great job! Thanks!

  16. Natalija says:

    I have taken in so many pants for me and my girls, but those that have top-stitched seams drive me nuts. Mainly because I have not found a way to top-stitch that seam on narrow pants without actually having to open up the inner seam as well in order to get to get the pant through the machine from the top. Are you saying you manage to top-stitch the seam while the inner seam is sewn? How? If you have a secret, I am interested to know. Thanks.

  17. Lacey Gauntt says:

    Just used this tutorial and am extremely happy with the results!!:)

  18. This is really a great idea to upcycle your pants!
    I tried it and it turned out great 😀
    I wrote a blog post about it.

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