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Because the style of pants keeps changing
I love the thrift store. One of the biggest problems with thrift stores is that the items are usually a few seasons out of style. One clothing item that you can save the most money on but are often the most out of style is pants. Goodwill and other thrift stores sell pants for about $5. Since brand name pants can cost you $50-$100+, buying used is a great deal. Skinny cut pants are still all the rage, but they're almost impossible to find in good brands at the thrift store. The solution is to buy a pair of boot cut or flare pants (which take up most of the racks at thrift stores) that fit you well in the waist and butt. Then, following this tutorial make them into the skinny pants of your dreams.

Not a skinny fan? You can still use this tutorial to take any style of pant and turn it into a more narrow style of pant. Examples include: Wide leg to a straight leg, flare into a boot cut, etc.

Posted by Crafting with Court from Atlanta, Georgia, United States • Published See Crafting with Court's 9 projects »
  • How to make trousers. Restyling Pants - Step 1
    Step 1

    Turn your pants inside out and lay them flat. Make sure the seam you are going to take in (either the outside seam or the inseam) is completely flat. I chose to do the inseam because the outside seam on these pants had some detail on it; if there's no detail, I prefer to use the outside seam.

  • How to make trousers. Restyling Pants - Step 2
    Step 2

    Lay a pair of pants you like the cut of over top the other pants. This pair of pants will essentially serve as your template for your new pants (I used my favorite skinny jeans.) Make sure to line the waist bands up. Then, line the legs of the pants up with the opposite seams (the one you won't be sewing).

  • How to make trousers. Restyling Pants - Step 3
    Step 3

    Using a marking pencil, trace the new leg line for you pants. Take your pencil down along the template pair of pants and make marks the whole way down each leg. This will be the line you sew along later.

  • How to make trousers. Restyling Pants - Step 4
    Step 4

    Use a ruler to make sure your line is even on both legs. You don't want to have one pant leg tighter than the other when you're finished.

  • How to make trousers. Restyling Pants - Step 5
    Step 5

    Run a seam down the line you drew in step 3. Repeat for the second pant leg.

  • Step 6

    Before moving on, flip your pants right side out, and try on your pants. If you like how they fit, move on to the next step. If you've made the pant legs too tight or too loose, now is the time to fix it. If the legs are too tight, seam rip the seam you just made; make a new seam at 1/4" or more inside of your line (towards the seam the pants had to start with.) If the legs are too loose, you can keep that first seam and just run a new seam 1/4" or more outside of that seam. Keep checking until you're happy. Then, turn your pants inside out again.

  • Step 7

    Run a zigzag stitch on the outer edge of the new leg seam. Repeat on second leg. This will prevent fraying later.

  • Step 8

    Cut off the extra fabric in the seam you created. Cut just on the outside of the zigzag stitch.

  • How to make trousers. Restyling Pants - Step 9
    Step 9

    Put on your pants and enjoy being in style and saving money.

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