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Pants Refashion

Added Jun 24, 2010

by feldmantcat

Nashua, New Hamp...






I had these pants I bought at the Gap outlet about 9 years ago. I loved the fabric, which was some sort of stretch cotton with a cute paisley print. But the pants were too big and weren’t that flattering. I thought about trying to alter them to fit better, but the waist was too high and the crotch too baggy – no amount of pinning would result in anything that looked good. So I went to plan b: refashion into a skirt. I used a seam ripper to open the seams of the pant legs and crotch seam. I had to remove the waist band at the center back to take in the CB seam and remove excess fabric. I also had to fiddle with the seam below the front fly to make it not pucker. After that I sewed the side seams up and graded them in to create a tapered pencil skirt fit. When I basted those seams up I didn’t do the bottom 3" and I liked how it created a little inverted pleat, so I kept it like that and pressed the pleat. I also left the CB seam open at the bottom for a walking slit. Finally, I just did a simply turned up hem (didn’t bother with a blind hem as the stitching blends in to the print).

Material Notes

Old pair of Gap pants that had never been worn.




Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Preppy, Vintage

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  • Missing

    Jul 11, 2010, 07.32 PMby ann-marie-1

    If you say that ones have bin some pants I have to believe you, because no one can tell.

  • Coffeeshop_large

    Jun 24, 2010, 05.23 PMby eugeniaofthewasps

    great job! Looks like it was born that way! :)

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