My husband got me a sewing machine for Christmas so I can finally tailor my own clothes. Added to that, I had FOUR pairs of pants hanging in my closet that I never wore because the legs were too wide. As you can guess, one of my first projects was to learn how to taper the legs of my pants so I could finally wear them to work. This DIY is so easy and gave me four new pairs of dress pants! And it’s so simple I can guarantee you can do it too.
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How To Tailor Your Own Pants
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- A sewing machine (This is the exact brand I use and I am by no means an expert.)
- White chalk (or pencil for white pants)
- Thread the color of your pants
- Seam ripper
Step 1: Find a pair of pants that fit you really well, and are generally of the same material as the pair you are trying to tailor.
Step 2: Turn both pairs inside out and line them up at the waist, making sure the pants lie flat at the outside seams.
Step 3. Trace the outside of the smaller pair with chalk. Pin them if you like, but I don’t find that necessary. Don’t worry about tracing the inside of the pants, even if there is extra material. You’ll find just doing one side is enough to make your pants fit great.
Step 4: Hopefully by now you have threaded your bobbin and needle. If not, there are plenty of tutorials out there to help.
Step 5: Start sewing along the top line, reverse, then continue all the way down the pant leg, reverse again at the end, then forward to finish off.
Step 6: Flip inside out and try on the one leg before continuing to the next. Sometimes I found I had done it too tight, and had to rip out the seam. Although it was a pain, it prevented me from making the same mistake on the other leg.
Step 7: Try on again and make sure the fit is just right. You might find you want to taper even more at the bottom, or even start higher up your leg so the pants fit more snug around your hips.
Step 8: Choose a “fancy stitch” (can’t you tell I’m a professional?) with lots of cris-crosses or zig-zags and stitch on the outside of the first line you sewed to ensure your pants do not come undone! Make sure to reverse at both ends.
Step 9: Cut the excess fabric so pants lay flat against your leg.
Step 10: Now enjoy your new pants and congratulate yourself on being your own tailor.