How To Reduce Waist Size On Trousers

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How To Alter Your Trousers

Hi, I'm Claire Louise and I'm a theatricalwardrobe mistress working in the West end of London. Today I'm going to be sharing withyou some of my tips and tricks on how to get the best out of clothing repairs and alterations.In this tutorial I'm going to show you how to alter the waist of a pair of trousers. These trousers have already been fitted andI know that I want to take this much out of the waistband. The first thing I'm going todo , the pins are going through both layers as I'm just lightly making a mark so the pinis just through a single layer of fabric. I'm going to be taking this alteration outon the same amount on either side , so I only

need one side of the fabric to be marked. So now my seam is open again and then I'mgoing to turn it to the inside and I need to unpick all the stitching that holds thiswaistband down so that we can get inside and get this whole thing adjusted neatly . I'vealready unpicked this , for speed, but there's a little row of stitching that just sits inthere and once you've unpicked that then you've got a nice flat area and you can really getinside your waistband. I've just caught my seam allowance there . So the next thing I'm going to do is givemyself a chalk line marking where those pins

are and this is just a rough chalk line . Thenext thing I'm going to do , so that it's easy to access this seam, I'm going to passmy hand through one leg of the trousers and grab the hem of the other leg and this feelsa bit counter intuitive and then I'm going to pull them together so the two legs of mytrousers are now inside each other. What this has done is it's opened out the seam and itmakes it much easier for me to stitch it. And now, I'm going to much more carefullymark this new line. So I want to guide the line towards my original stitching and I wantto take the same amount all the way up through this waistband at the top . And now I'm just going to pin .

And you need to have opened up enough stitchingthat you can easily get right the way through this layer . And now I'm going to take thisto the sewing machine. So I'm starting my machining just a little bit past where theoriginal stitching was. I haven't unpicked any of the stitching beforeI do my new row and this helps keep the two layers exactly together. A little tip forstitching a curved seam is to have a very slight zig zag on it and that allows it tostretch because this is actually is a curve and if it doesn't stretch, often the seamswill split which is why your trousers get holes in its seat. And I'm just going to doa little bit of reversing to start , always

start sewing clothes with some reversing becauseyou don't want it to unravel as you é and if you're comfortable sewing over pins, that'sabsolutely fine. The tricky bit is when you get to the topbecause we've got this sort of folded over layer so I'm going slowly making that niceand easy . I'm using the thumb of my left hand to make sure it's all smooth underneaththere. And again, a little bit of reversing at the top. I'm now going to unpick some of this and trimthis down and then press the seam open. I'm just taking my pins out. It's good to keepquite a bit of seam allowance in the centre

back because you may decide you may want tolet these trousers back out again in the future. Don't cut everything away and I do the trimmingbefore I do the unpicking because often it saves me having to do too much unpicking . I'mgoing to get that seam nice and open . Now a centre back seam on trousers must be openor it won't sit flat. And then I've just got a little bit of unpickingto do on the original stitching just here . Now you can see that we've got a raw edgeand that's fraying so we do need to put a finish on this edge so we're just going torun up the two sides and zig zag over that raw edge. Using a zig zag on a machine isa perfect way of finishing off your

Tailoring Clothes for Men Women How to Alter a Pair of Pants

Hi, I'm Debrah, and I'm at Deluxe, a resaleclothing boutique, in Eugene, Oregon, and today, I'm going to show you how to altera pair of pants, and if you need to take in the sides of the pants, I put them on insideout, and then while you have them on inside out, you can pinch along the seam, and thenpin it, while it's on your body, and you have to start in an angle, that blends in gently,with the original angle, making sure that there is no rivets, or anything metal, ordouble stitching, and you can make your pin lines, all down the side of the leg, afteryou've put them on. Now, if one of your legs is fuller than the other, when you have thepants on inside out, it will be the opposite

leg, when you actually put them on, so makesure if one leg is fuller than the other, you make that leg looser on the opposite leg,because when you turn them right side out, it will be on the proper leg, so what I do,is after I've pinned it, however I need it, I take a piece of chalk. You can take a regularpiece of chalk, and then you can mark over the pins to get a line, so when you take yourpins out, you still know where your line is, and it makes it easier when you're sewing,to follow that line chalk. Now, when you get to the bottom of the leg, you'll have to determinefrom the knee down, whether the excess material, is going to be taken in on the outside ofthe leg, or on both sides of the leg. If you

have bell bottoms, you'll need to take inon both sides of the legs, and when you get to the bottom of your pant leg, after you'vesewn that bottom edge, you need to backstitch it, so that doesn't open up, and that's howyou alter a pair of pants.

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