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Topic: Super bell bottoms from old jeans *Tutorial added*  (Read 12430 times)
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« on: July 23, 2005 07:34:38 PM »

I outgrew these pants when I was 13.  Of course, I always had faith that I could redeem them... so in my closet they sat, forgotten and shrinking (or maybe I just grew some more), for three years.  Now look at what they have become:

I garauntee that this picture does them no justice.  They look cuter and more bell bottomy in real life.

What the fabric looks like^


Cut down each side of your pants.  Hold them up to you and guess (ahem, I mean measure) how much you should add on each side to make them fit again.  Remember, what you want added to the circumference needs to be halved since you're adding to each side.
Fold your fabric in half.  Cut a long strip, starting out the width you want at the waist (remember seam allowance!) and gradually getting bigger, or all of a sudden widening after the knee, or however you want the shape of the sides to be.  Obviously, stop at the total length of your pants.
Sew the sides on accordingly.  Hem the top and bottom of the fabric.  Ta-da!!
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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2005 07:36:35 PM »

its very very pretty

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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2005 07:38:25 PM »

Did you use at tutorial or something? I would love to do that with some of mine I have outgrown.

I just love that fabric. They look great.
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2005 07:38:45 PM »

that's awesome. i suppose i should do that to all my old pants i think i will be able to wear again lol they look great. Smiley
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2005 07:40:13 PM »

i love the orange fabric against the dark wash of the jeans. nice!

« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2005 08:09:55 PM »

Great job, I really like how the red/orange looks against the dark denim.  I can't even tell you how many pairs of old pants I've done this with so it's nice to see another person's take on it!  Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2005 08:36:18 PM »

OMG, I love those!  Gonna have to do that to some of my 12-year-old's jeans so she'll stop wearing mine!
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2005 09:03:19 PM »

I have several pairs of pants I'm looking at chaning similarly. My idea is to cut up the side of each pant leg, but keeping an inch or so in addition to the waistband intact. Then taking a long, wide-based triangle of fabric and sowing into the leg. So I won't have bellbottoms, but more like pants-gone skirt look.

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« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2005 04:41:01 AM »

those are wicked sweet. now i know what to do with my pants....

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« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2005 07:53:49 AM »

Sally, I do hope as if it doesn't seem like I stalk your posts or anything, I never look at who starts the thread and don't know it's you until I see your icon. However, since I'm already here I thought I would say how effin cute those are. The pictures aren't showing up real clear on my computer but as far as I can tell, I'm in love with them.

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