How to: Alter Pants to Fit Your Body Perfectly

Ok, let’s talk wide-leg pants! Do you love them or do you hate them?
Do you prefer a pattern or no pattern?
I’m a pattern junky. As much as I love a solid color, a great print will get me every time.


These pants called out to me as I walked down the aisles of my favorite thrift store, Thrift Giant.
I saw these pants and had to have them. Even if they were a size large and I couldn’t fit them. I knew I could find a way to make them fit. Sewing skills are great!

Thrift Store Wide Leg Pants Altered to Fit


I wear a size medium in pants so I am always up for a challenge. Whether there is too much fabric or too little I will see if I can find a way to make it work for me.

So in this post, I will be showing how I took in these thrift store-bought pants and made them work for me.

Take in the sides


I started by marking two inches in on each side of the pants. I then sewed them up and tried them on to see how they fit. The right side came out perfect. But I kept having a weird bubble form on the left side of the pants. I don’t even know how many times I sewed the pants before I realized it was the elastic that was making it bubble. To fix it I had to take my seam ripper and remove about an inch of stitches then resew it onto the elastic.

Taking up the hem

Once I got that done I tackled the hem. I tried them on with some heels and pinned where I wanted the hem to stop. Once I figured out how I wanted them to look I marked with a pen, cut, and then sewed the hem.

Leftover Scrap Fabric

At the end of this project, I had some leftover fabric and decided I wanted to make a cute top with it.


Click here to see the top I created with the leftover scrap fabric from these pants.

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