Anyways, today I thought I would share a super easy tutorial with you! I purchased a pair of pants from Target's Knox Rose line. They looked so comfy on my coworker, and I had to have a pair. I owned 1 other pair of pants and I just had a feeling that these would FINALLY work for me! I have the lovely problem of having a smaller waist than my thighs so everything fits perfect in the thigh but is about 2 sizes too big in the waist. After cinching my pants and jeans with a belt for years I gave up and decided to stick with dresses and skirts, and stretchy pants, because the belts holding up my pants began to cause severe stomach pain. I literally haven't worn a pair of jeans since 2014. That's how bad it is. So, as you can see I was delighted when I put this pair on and they FIT SO WELL! They were also incredibly flattering. The only problem was once again they were a bit too big in the waist (which I found out as the day wore on).
I ended up finding an AWESOME no sew fix to altering pants which I had to share. There is a video on You Tube that better explains it, but I will do my best with the pictures I have to explain it here on the blog! Seriously guys, this was so easy that I went out and purchased a second pair in the same size, different color to alter them too.
No Machine Pant Alteration (Waist)
1. Pinch and Fold along the back of the pants and tuck the newly made fold underneath the belt loop.
2. Sew (by hand) the fold down under the belt loop, so that it is not visible, and continue to tuck and sew down toward the pant pocket. I've found that the key here is short tight stitches!!!
3. Sew BACK up the row you have just sewn and sew along the top of the fold to "seal" the crease at the top of the waist. This part is very important because it ensures that the fold remains flat and invisible.
|see how flat it ends up being once you have sewn the top?|
|sew down the opposite side as well.|
4. Tuck and sew any loose parts that you see that you want to improve.
It is really THAT easy. Of course, I used black thread, but if you match the colors it is even better. Now this is a quick, reversible no cut no machine fix, which will ensure that if you do need to let the pants back out it is a quick and easy process. It took me less than 10 minutes to complete. It is damn near invisible at first glance; it just appears to be fold going straight down along the pocket seam. If you are picky about looks, you can do both sides so that it looks even. I didn't care, but note if you only do one side it will leave more space on the other side of the button/zipper which would be noticeable to the wearer (only). Like I said, I didn't care about that part.
I hope this tutorial helps someone!! Please checkout the video if you need additional guidance!