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?
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 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!