Quick, easy pants alterations

It’s been a while since my last Sew Pinup post but here is another one!

In January this year I shopped the Collectif Clothing sale and finally picked up some of my must haves that I’d been dying for last year. One of those must haves were the Bonnie Trousers in blue Abstract Floral print (now sold out).
Based on previous experience with Collectif trousers, I knew I had to size up from my usual size 16 to an 18. This of course meant they were probably going to need some sort of tailoring to get the intended slim straight leg fit. Luckily for me the waist, hips and thighs were a nice fit with only the lower portion from the knees down being too big.


Yup, as you can see, the fit is kind of a mess.
Luckily I figured out the laziest, easiest way to fix this problem that is most definitely not the “right” way but it works for me and that’s what matters.

So here’s how I did it.

I began by turning the pants inside out and putting them on. Then with some help, I pinned the inseam so it was fitted to my preference. I pinned one leg whilst wearing them and then pinned the other to match.


I popped them back on to make sure that they were the right fit before sewing.


Once I had everything pinned, I drew a guideline so I’d have a fairly straight line to follow and went over that with a basting stitch. Time for a quick try on to double check everything fits as it should before going over with a regular straight stitch.


After that, all you need to do is removed the excess and finish the seams either by overlocking/serging or using pinking shears like I do to prevent the seams from fraying.


And you are done!


See, it’s super easy (if of course you have some basic sewing skills).

Now of course, I realise this is not the “right” way to do things especially if your pants, like mine, have a centre seam/piping detail. Doing it this way by only taking excess from the inseam will cause the centre seam to be crooked. To avoid this you would need to take an even amount from the inseam and outer seam. I didn’t do this because the fit of the waist was perfect and I think if I were to take from both sides I would have lost room in the waist.

Miss Dottie DeMure 

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