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Topic: Old pants, redone!  (Read 761 times)
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« on: September 11, 2009 07:56:04 PM »

So, I had these boring, ratty, old dress pants taking up space in my dresser, and I had always liked how they fit (I like a high rise it smooths out the hip/thigh area) but the fabric was just some poly blend and they were getting ratty at the hems, so I decided to use them as a pattern for a new pair!

My local fabric store had this wicked grey suiting fabric on sale for $3/m that I found and I knew they'd make an awesome pair of pants... sooo here's the process.

The original pair of pants...

I started taking them apart with my handy-dandy seam ripper.

Layed out all the pieces so I understand what pieces were what.

Then I pinned them to my fabric (sorry, no pictures for this) just like I would for a pattern, cut them out, and I looked an my original pant pieces to see which ones needed interfacing and interfaced them.

I then used this tutorial online for piecing the pants together. They explain two ways to do a pants zipper, which is nice.

And here are the finished pants. I didn't put buttons on yet, but that's because I want to pick up some really neat brass ones or something...

So what do you guys think? I saved a bit of money here because I didn't need to buy a pattern, and I already knew how the pants fit, so I saved a bit of trouble... I feel all smart Smiley

EDIT: Photobucket is not working very well, it keeps distorting the photos, and it's freakin' me out.

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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2009 09:46:00 PM »

oh that's so awesome Smiley I've taken apart a pair of dress pants before as well, but made a vest from them instead. I don't think i trust my sewing/cutting skills enough yet to attempt a pair of pants, but yours turned out perfect!

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