Next, try on your pants. I recommend using a mirror for this next step, as you are going to want to find the place where the pants begin to get wide (usually this is right around the knee area, where the pants begin to taper out from a more-fitted thigh). Mark this area with a pin. Next, go all the way down to the bottom of the pants and pinch out all the excess fullness with your hand (don’t pinch too tight! You don’t want to cut off your circulation), and measure how much extra width needs to come out. For me, this number was 4″.

Take the pants off, measure how far up from the bottom you put that pin, and turn the pants inside out. Place the pin back on the inside of the garment.

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