Sunday, July 13, 2014

How to: Take In Pants (at the waist)

Ever wondering why your local tailors charge so high on pants/skirts having their waists taken-in? Read this! Or simply you want to know how to do your own pants? Check this post out anyways... You might end up being a pro and never have to spend a dime on your  next clothing items.
What you need:
Sewing machine, chalk (the one that disappear once you steam it), razor/small sharp knife, ruler (recommend a foot-12''), scissors, thread of your pants' color, steamed iron, a flat working surface, time and patience, and your unfit pants!
1. Try on your pants, pull at the waist and mark'em where they fit you the most comfortably with a chalk

 Make sure you mark the side of the pants (as seen below) from the waist band to (X) is where the pants are lose 
 2. Remove/detach threads on the belt-loops (upper parts), waist band (lower part) a little pass the side seams (stop at two front marks- as seen below), and of course the brand tag!!! *for designer clothes, the brand tags are the MUST KEPT*
 3. Measure the chalk mark from the fitting (step 1)- Here it is 3ins that need to be taken-in (This mean yo have to take in 1.5ins each side) *Tips: some pants there are bigger gaps between the back pockets to the side seams, and this calls for 2 sides taken in. Some have bigger gap between the two back pockets versus from the back pockets to the side seams, so we'll have to put the middle back seam in consideration).
 4. Iron things as we go. Here I'm ironing the two side seams (inside out)
5. Measure from the stitching inwards 3/4in (cause we're doubling each side) -3/4in*2=1.5in (times2=3in)! Yup, Maths is involved! :P Then with the ruler and chalk, draw a line tapering the line as we go downward. Remember the (X) from step 1, your new line should end somewhere there.
 5. Flatten out the waist band, inside out, folded at the middle seam, draw a line of 1.5in (doubling it's 3!)
 6. Cut off excess fabric at the waist band and side seams if needed, fold it at its natural state, remove excess threads, iron the waist band & new side seams
 7. Reline up the waist band to the pants' body
 8. Sew the waist band (facing out part to the body first) at the tip of my finger as you can see. Pants inside out, make sure the needed to be sewn parts are flat
 Don't forget the belt-loops and brand tag
 9. Iron the waist (pants still inside out)
10. Sew in the ditch or the original stitching to finishing off the pants (pants still inside out but sew with the right side facing up)
Don't forget to fold the brand tag off the way (see what I did?)
Turn pants back to their normal state and iron them again
Hope you find this helpful!
And always, 
Thanks for reading!
An Trieu

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