Refashioned: Denim Trousers


I think I may have perfected the skinny pant.

I scored the above trouser denim at the thrift store for $4, just about 9-10 months ago. They’re fantastic, but I can’t quite do the trouser pant. I didn’t look fat, but I felt fat when I wore them. So I never wore them.

Do you have clothes like that? It doesn’t matter how flattering the mirror says they are, they just don’t feel right?

It took me a while to get around to making them skinny, but once I sat down to do it, the alteration took me a few hours. For my first attempt, I laid my favorite pair of skinnies on top of the denim (similar to these), marked a line and sewed. They were much too tight. From there I decided to figure out the fit of one pant leg (perfection took several tries with the seam-ripper). After I achieved the perfect fit in one leg, I transfered the alteration to the other side using pattern paper. Each side turned out symmetrically and PERFECT!

These are more of a cigarette pant, than a skinny pant. They have the perfect amount of give all the way down the pant, but not so much give that it adds bulk to my legs.

These pants are my new mom jeans. They look nice, but they feel like pajamas. Victory!

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    1. Jaime says:

      I know exactly what you mean! I feel like that in trouser pants too! Great job on the skinny pants they look AMAZING!

    2. ktmade says:

      So brave – I’ve seen a few of these, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. And I should because I find that buying skinny jeans always involves some sort of unfortunate stretchiness around the crotch/butt area that I really don’t like. I should totally just alter ones that already fit perfectly on top.

    3. Truly Myrtle says:

      That surely is a victory! Don’t they look fab. I love the idea of cigarette pants rather than skinny pants…. :)
      I’ve followed you over from PR&P – good luck! I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with over the next couple of months!

    4. Sarah says:

      These look great! Did you take in the outside seam or the inside one (or both)?

    5. phil says:

      genial !!!! i like the length

    6. Caitlin says:

      I totally had a similar pair of pants and felt the same way. They looked ok but I couldn’t help feeling big and like I was thundering down the road when I wore them. I unfortunately don’t have your skills though so just had to give them to my sister. Yours look great!

    7. Tommy says:

      Way to go! I like them before, but the new look is tops. Great glasses, too. :)

    8. Tara says:

      They looked fine before but more on trend after, also, I think they make your legs look longer too!

    9. Sylvie says:

      Ok, yup, those are the perfect skinny pant! I want them!

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