Make Any Pair Of Men's Jeans Fit You

Ms. Melior
by Ms. Melior

MY boyfriend recently purged his closet and gave me all the clothes he no longer wanted, knowing that I would know where to donate them or how to upcycle them.

And upcycle I did!

By that I mean... they're my pants now.

Here's how I got all of my boyfriend's old pants to fit me perfectly.

First, use a seam ripper to remove the pockets, label, and any belt loops that may get in the way.

With the jeans inside-out:

Measure how much excess fabric is in the waist. Use this number (in my case it was 8 inches) to draw two darts. Here's how:

From the center back seam to the side seam, measure the distance and divide by two (to find the center). Do this on the other side, so that you have two marks, each halfway between the center back and side on the left and right sides.

From each of those center marks, measure 1/4 the total amount of excess fabric (in my case this was 2 inches) on the left and right sides of the mark.

Now you have three marks on both the left and right side of the back of the jeans.

From the center mark (the first mark we made) draw a straight line down 6-7 inches.

Connect the two outside marks to the bottom of the center line to create a triangle.

Now you have to triangles on both the left and right side of the back of the jeans.

These are called darts.

Fold each triable on the center line. The two outside lines of the triangle will line up.

Sew along this line, keep that middle line on the fold the entire time.

This is the result of the dart.

Flip the jeans right-side-out and stitch the pockets, label, and belt loops back onto the jeans.

And bam! They'll fit you perfectly.

Have fun raiding your S/O's closet for pants to take in.


Ms. Melior

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