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 ....
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).
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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