Downsizing flares

Monday, August 8, 2011

Readers, do you usually avoid buying second hand trousers that are too large for you? Would you have someone adjust trousers for you, or would you feel confident to adjust them yourself?

A package arrived in the mail two weeks ago, from vintage clothing seller and friend Aimee aka The Posh Op Shopper, which consisted of these amazing floral flares that I fell in love with a few weeks ago on Recycled Fashion Finds ....

Alas, they were too big. Previously I'd put any sort of trouser alterations in the too-hard-basket, but I remember reading a blog post by Lizzie at C&C in which she altered a pair of loose fitting thrifted GAP trousers, into a gorgeous fitted pair, which you can see here. Lizzie also has a video tutorial of how to alter pants (trousers) here

So I thought I'd give it a shot myself, and it worked, and now I have an amazing fitted pair of bootleg floral trousers.

Here's my own tutorial:

Step 1: Find suitable shape pair of trousers (in my case a pair of bootleg jeans), turn the pair of trousers you are altering inside out, lay jeans on the top with the outside hem matching up.

Step 2: Trace around outline of jeans (or trousers you are using as a guide) with chalk. I don't have tailor chalk, so I used ordinary coloured chalk, in this case pink, that would be visible on the fabric. Then sew all the way along the chalk line starting on one leg at the bottom hem, up and across the crotch and down the other leg.

Step 3, cut: At this stage I tried on my trousers before cutting, to ensure they were not too small. Once happy with sizing, I used pinking shears to cut off excess fabric from stitched line.

Step 4, back darts: My trousers were still too big around my waist, and instead hung too low around my hips, so I adjusted two existing back darts. Another tutorial to take in the waistline of trousers by adding back darts can be also be found on C&C. The pic on the left shows two back darts already stitched which suggests the previous owner adjusted the waistline too, therefore all I had to do was make the two darts larger (pic on right).

*click on image for clearer picture*

I feel fairly confident to re-size larger sizes smaller in future, which opens up a whole new world in sourcing second hand trousers, as I will not be limited to selecting one size.

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Vintage Sweetheart said...

I thought I had seen those pants before! You have now made them completely wearable!

E :)

Anonymous said...

Well done! You've done a great job and it's inspired me. Downsizing trousers always seemed such a daunting task, but this like a great tutorial. Thanks so much

Unknown said...

These trousers are GORGEOUS and you did such a great job! I admit, I'm a bit intimidated by what seems like more difficult sewing. I'm going to have to jump in a give it a try! ~Serene

Isis said...

very cool, well done

Sleekit said...

perfect for Spring and cute to see you and your boy

Sleekit x

Rachel said...

I love it, you are so inventive!

Patti @ NotDeadYet Style said...

Beautiful job! They look smashing on you. I'm not a good enough seamstress to do this but I love looking at others' accomplishments : >

laura said...

Nice work! I will definitely keep this retouching in mind when I go thrifting!

my thrifty closet said...

great job! I love the look.


Anonymous said...

What fun pants! I'm glad you could save them. I, too, enjoy reading through C&C. She has a huge number of inspiring tutorials. Glad they helped you save these pants!

Ahka Vintage said...

Oh WOOOOOOWWWW!! I fell in love with these as soon as I saw them! You are clever - I would have been way to scared to chop them - but they look great now!
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Cassi said...

I love the refashion of the pants. you did a great job

Alison said...

They fit you so perfectly now, amazing! I have also always avoided too big trousers to refashion but I feel inspired now!

Shana said...

ughhh you make that look so easy!!! I really wish I could have you sit with me and give me a tutorial! I just found some similar pants...but they were too tight!! I rarely have the "it's too big problem" haha Love it! thank you for linking up, don't forget to link up tomorrow!!!



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