Made some matchstick skinny pants

I guess they're not skinny pants, exactly.  Straight leg.  Audrey Hepburn, right?

I've been needing some new pants for work, and I wear flats so I don't wear wide leg or flared pants; just skinnny or cropped ones.  With my budget, I was hoping to find something at Goodwill, but of course there aren't many options of a more contemporary khaki or pants style.  So I turned some flares into skinnies!

Like these from J.Crew:

I've done this before with jeans.  Same technique, except it's easier with pants that don't have the double row of top-stitching!  Here's the before (imagine them on--they were actually flared, though they may not look it here; I guess when you factor in the width of thighs compared to calves, they're filled out above the knee!)...

I tapered them very slightly from the knee down.  Now they're more matchstick/straight--not quite skinny, but definitely not flared!

And here's the "after"!  Much more 2012, less 2006! ;)

Have you ever done this to your pants?  If not, I highly recommend it for a quick and cheap wardrobe refresher!

19 comments

  1. You do an awesome job with your pant re-habs. They end up fitting SO well.

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    1. Thanks! I am pretty slow and methodical when I pin...

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  2. just curious, did you take in from the inside or outside seam or both?

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    1. Great question; I should have said that in the post... I took in from both the inseam and the outside seam.

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  3. I would've never thought to take regular jeans/pants and convert them to skinny jeans. Skinny jeans are so expensive! Do you know how responsive the fabric would be to fabric dyes?

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    1. You can definitely dye 100% cottons, and with a dye for poly or other fibers, sure, you could dye them. I've made flares into skinnies and straight pants several times! I may do a tutorial sometime, but... it's definitely a good trick!

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  4. This seems so easy. They turned out fantastically!

    Meg
    http://megshandmadelife.blogspot.com

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  5. I subscribe to/look at lots of sewing blogs. Most are one-visit wonders, lots get the Unsubscribe axe. Not yours! You're my sewing sensei! Thanks for all your posts and inspiration, Meg. : )

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  6. Sorry, I know your name is Suzannah...I just need more coffee. ; )

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    1. Haha, no worries! Glad you like my blog so much!! =)

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  7. Yes yes! Tutorial!

    You've inspired me to take in a pair of flares that I accidentally bought this winter (they were $7, and half price on top of that). Since I almost never wear heels (especially with casual jeans) I never wear the pants! My only pair of skinny jeans are grey, and two favourite pairs of boots (knee and ankle high) are also grey... so I really want a pair of narrow-legged blue jeans to wear with them.
    I was just going to wing it, but a photo tutorial would be super helpful!

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    1. Hmmm, yes... I will think about putting something more thorough together, but for now you can check out this super old post... http://www.adventuresindressmaking.com/2010/05/i-made-myself-some-skinny-jeans.html

      Go for it!

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  8. Gosh have I ever done this to my trousers? All the time :-) ! I don't think I owwn a pair of trousers or jeans that haven't been altered or tweaked in some way, love re-modelling them x

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    1. Very cool! It's a great skill to have, yep.

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  9. I definitely have a pair of jeans that I inherited from a friend of mine who's much shorter - I tightened them up in the waist and legs, and cut them off to be capris. Cigarette pants for the win!

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    1. Perfect!! Better when they're custom, anyway!

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  10. I know I'm a little late to the party but you inspired me. I had a cute pair of robin's egg blue pants that had great pockets but were too wide legged. I turned them inside out and used another pair of pants as a template just like you suggested. It took a couple of goes with the sewing machine and a seam ripper to get them right but now they are perfect! I wore them to work and my friends here complimented me on how much better they look.
    Now, I've got a pair of black corduroys that need the same treatment.
    Thanks so much for posting this.

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    1. Wow, that sounds awesome! Love colored pants. So glad it worked out for you! =)

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