wardrobe refashion: resized capri pants

The summer of skirts has been a success. I’ve been wearing my red, white, linen and denim skirts regularly all season. But ever since I found that perfect pattern for lounge pants, I’ve been thinking about capris. How easy would it be to refashion a pair of existing pants?

I found a couple pairs at the last 99 cent sale (hey, I told you I had good luck that day!) and decided give it a try. Here’s how I did it:

  • Wash and dried them on hot to preshrink.
  • Removed the elastic waistband with a seam ripper.
  • Cut the inner leg seams open. My pattern is only one piece, so I left the outer leg seams intact.
  • Pressed the pants pieces with an iron and laid my pattern on top. I had to fudge a little, but they were pretty close.
  • There was a lot of waist fabric that had to be removed and the new waist ran right over the pockets. I sewed them shut and cut them out.
  • Traced the pattern and sewed the pants back together.
  • Cut off the ugly fringe cuff and added a fabric trim.

The whole process was fast and easy. Most of my shirts come down past the waistband, so they actually look pretty good. I’m sorry I forgot to take a before picture. I had a few free hours for this project and just dove in!

refashion: This pants thing is really increasing my options for clothes. After a few more tries, I might tackle a fitted waist!

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One Response to wardrobe refashion: re-sized capri pants

  1. I love the blue on the edge. Great capris!