Wednesday, March 30, 2011

DIY Dream Pants

Hello my loves! I, as always, hope you are all having a good week. What the heck is up with everywhere having springy weather like a week ago, and now being cold and nasty EVERYWHERE?? Every single place we've been to in the past week we hear "you just missed the nice weather!", well weather, you suck! I am currently stuck at the airport, I've been here for 5 hours and I've got 3 more to hoo for me (oh, and also my house is 20 minutes away). But that gives me time to blog from the airport, which is definitely a first. (my reason for being at the airport? A secret soon to be revealed...)

(Project to follow after this quick-ish story, so scroll on down!)

Really quick I will tell you my airport tale for the day because it's so strange...
I actually arrived with plenty of check in time for once, the weather was very nasty with rain,thunder& lightning so I was kind of worried flights might be delayed. Well my flight was fine and on time...until they inform us the plane was STRUCK BY LIGHTNING!!! Hello?? Eventually after maintenance checked out the plane they canceled our flight. They then advised everyone to just sit and wait until they called out your final destination city. So I waited, and waited, and waited. Finally I got in line to make sure I wasn't skipped. Well I was skipped, the airline forgot about me! Everyone on the whole flight (and following flight!) was taken care of, as I waited at the end of the line. I was taken care of by the very nice employees and put on a later flight. Oh and they gave me $5 for a meal...haha (I was the only cheapskate who waited around for a $5 voucher...shoot that's free coffee!)

Oh, and three grown old men cut in line in front of me. Their mothers would be so ashamed.

Project: Dream Pants (for cheap!)

Supplies: a pair of pants (any kind, even jeans)
some sort of pen/pencil/chalk

I have been wanting skinny, shorter black pants (ala Audrey Hepburn) for years and years. I know they are out there and I ordered a pair once from The Gap, but they didn't fit and were sold out when I tried to send them back. For the most part and time being, I'm no longer buying new clothes, so this has left me mostly to my own devices. I bought these wide leg black pants years ago for $4 from a thrift store when I was in need of work clothes. I like the fit, just not the cut so I've saved these pants in the bottom of countless "to mend" piles and finally put them to good use!

  • Try pants on inside out in front of a mirror.
  • Decide how skinny/form fitting you want the pant legs to be and make a mark at the bottom/leg opening
  • Use a straight edge (I was too lazy to find my yardstick so I used a big skinny picture frame) to taper a line to the top of your pants, hitting somewhere above the knees
  • Copy line on the other pant leg
  • Sew along line
  • Try pants on and make sure you're happy, and then trim edges and sew along edge with a zigzag stitch or serger

Now... enjoy your new pants!

If these instructions were just really confusing, excuse my poor wording/explaining skills and email me!

shirt:thrifted belt:handmade cardigan:old navy shoes:target


  1. This is the cutest thing! Thank you for posting. I don't know how to sew at all, so this probably would never work for me haha. But you did a great job on them and that yellow bow belt is delicious.

  2. Fantastic tutorial! I love re-purposing castoff clothing items and giving them a new life. The whole outfit is so adorable - I love those cheerful red stripes. :) Hope you manage to make it home from the airport soon!

  3. This is great! They turned out amazing! And I really love your belt too. Your whole outfit is adorable.

  4. yay, i love it. i just started using my sewing machine, so this is something i might have to try one day

  5. This looks so easy and effective! The pants look awesome....yay, I'm going to try this myself.

  6. ditto about the weather!
    i've been wanting to give this a try for a while now with some of my pants, happy to see it's super easy and quick. now i just need to take the plunge and give it a try!

  7. Your pants are adorable! What a talented girl! x

  8. Those look great! I love repurposing clothes to your exact makes for such an accomplished (and adorable) feeling when you wear them. :)

  9. super cOol x ^_^


  10. i couldn't find your email to ask you my question, so i will leave it here, and i apologize in advance if the answer is totally obvious, i'm new to using a sewing machine. when sewing the pants, they need to be inside out, correct?

  11. Love this! I almost feel dumb for not thinking of it myself! I actually just got some really cute jeans from my aunt and the bottoms are too wide for me so this is perfect! Thanks!!

  12. i'm a seamstress but i've never tried making skinny jeans from my old jeans before! my new skinnies look great!

  13. Just ended up on your blog after some browsing, and found this idea great. I've been pondering doing exactly this with a pair of trousers I found, now I can gather my courage and actually go along with it. :)



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