PANTS ALTERATION: FROM BAGGY TO LESS BAGGY

MY FAVORITE KHAKIS

MY FAVORITE KHAKIS

So, I’ve had this pair of khaki pants for years, and I absolutely love them. They fit me perfectly — just a smidge too loose — and they are incredibly comfortable. I just love them. The only real issue I have is the pants legs are a bit too wide for my short stubby legs. Other than hemming the cuff of the pant leg, I never really thought about other alterations. But then I read Jen’s (Diary of a MadMama) tutorial on turning baggy jeans into skinny jeans. Jen, where have you been all my life?

THE OUTSIDE SEAM

THE OUTSIDE SEAM

This alteration was seriously easier than hemming them. I tried on my beloved khakis inside out to mentally sketch out a plan. The inside seam was perfect, and I didn’t want to mess with that. So, that left the outside seam. I basically sewed a straight stitch along side the original stitch — from the cuff to the top of the pocket lining. I think once I have more confidence in my sewing capabilities, I’ll try to make the pant legs a little more fitted. For now, the simple alterations worked its beautiful magic and made the legs less baggy.

THE NEW SEAM

THE NEW SEAM NEXT TO THE ORIGINAL

The only complaint or concern I have now is the lower waist area is a teeny teeny tight. I’m tempted to pick out the seam and somehow rework the seam. But for now, I’ll wear the khakis a few times before making a decision. Overall, I’m pretty excited about how a simple alteration can dramatically change a pair of pants because a pair of baggy jeans is about to be altered. Hopefully, with a few more alterations under my belt, I will feel confident enough to attempt a more “fitted” alteration. Wish me luck!

3 thoughts on “PANTS ALTERATION: FROM BAGGY TO LESS BAGGY

  1. You are so sweet! Thanks for linking up to me! πŸ™‚ I have a ton of pants in need of skinny-fying now that the weather is cooler and I packed up all of my shorts! Most of the jeans/pants in my closet have wider pant legs and don’t tuck into my boots.

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