+ lower your waistband tutorial + wide leg pants love

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Obsessed with all the pretty wide leg pants out there right now, when I saw these bright ones, I had to snatch them up and alter them! They were only 1 size too big, so I took it in using this tutorial here, then lowered the waistband! It was easier than I thought it would be! Now if only I could convince my husband to love wide leg pants.

Pair of pants
sewing machine

1. Seam rip the waistband open, unzip the pants. Then cut the waistband out so it makes kind off a bias tape.
2. Cut the waistband down to where you want the waistband to be….minus the amount of your waistband width.

3. Sew in your waistband by opening up the waistband and pinning/sewing the back half  inside of the waistband to the top edge of the pants. Make sure everything lines up (take in the pants or the waistband before you join the edges together).

4. Flip the band up and topstitch the edge of the original waistband down with the newly joined seam on the inside flipped up to be caught in the topstitch. 20130819_153246


  1. Coriandel says:

    Cute!! I had the same problem and wondered how I would fix it. The tutorial is really helpful. Thanks.

  2. Lelania says:

    I really love this idea, wonder if it will work with all types of pants? Going to pull out the rubbish bag and see how many of my biggish pants I can alter, thanks so much for sharing and love your pictures!!

  3. Adorable yellow pants! My husband doesn’t really understand my clothes either, but who cares.

  4. They are super cute! One day I made myself a pair of those. They were striped and by far my favorite at the moment. They fit like a glove. :)

    Ana Paula
    {Visit me at Mommyhood, PhD}

  5. This tutorial is great! I am gonna try it out soon!

  6. Adore all your tutorials

  7. I’ve just been missing a few pairs of wide leg pants I used to call my own and wishing I still had them. It’s definitely time to bring some back into my collection.

  8. Nice tutorial. If I may I’ll add one suggestion. If you are aiming to get the waistband seam to be exactly at your waist the best way to do this is to:
    1/ remove existing waistband
    2/ put on the pants
    3/ tie a piece of yarn or string around your natural waistline
    4/ mark the position of the string all around the waist
    5/ use marked line as the seam line when you re-install the waistband.

  9. Love the pants! Word of warning though: if you are only lowering the waistband, the original may not fit as your body get wider the further down you go from your natural waist. Before you start taking the pants apart, measure where you want the waistband to sit and the length of the original waistband. If it is too small, you could cut a facing out of a coordinating fabric instead.

  10. You are gorgeous! I have been following you for quite some time and I must say that CA is looking nice on you!
    Have a great day!

  11. I love these pants!
    And the outfit is so pretty :)
    You have such a great blog! I love it!
    I’m checking out your older posts and I’m following you on Bloglovin,
    If you like, I’d be so honored if you follow back!

    La Dolce Moda

  12. Cute outfit! That yellow is fabulous. Such a clear, helpful tutorial – love it!


  13. I love the yellow on these pants. Such a great trick, I will have to bookmark this post. Thanks so much!


  14. That brilliant pop of yellow is so beautiful! I love this outfit. It’s chic and effortlessly stylish!!!

  15. ShannonM says:

    These are stunning ! I just have one question, how did you keep the zipper intact when you cut the waistband off and to lower it?

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  17. Carolyn Buck says:

    I love the way these look. I wore these in every color under the sun back in the 70’s. I made them myself. I had (note the operative word “had ) your exact same look, long brown hair, lean, striking. I’m 56 now. Still wear a size 8 but not quite the same way. Love that look and your other fashions too. Everything old is new again. :)

  18. I am so glad I found this tutorial! I lost 85 pounds a couple of years ago and gave away most of my clothes but I’ve been holding onto 6 really nice pairs of pants. I always planned on practicing my tailoring skills and seeing if I could take them in several sizes. I kept putting it off because now that they’re so large on me, the waistband was up above my belly button! Simply shortening the crotch (aka increasing my inseam) wasn’t going to do the trick. I have now tightened the legs/hips and lowered 3 of the 4 waistbands and am working on the other 2. Six new pants back in my wardrobe!!

  19. Why lower the waistband? It looked fine to begin with. Is it really worth the trouble?


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