Simple Alterations DIY for Pants and Shirts

So you have been dieting and exercising and now your clothes are too big. First of all, CONGRATS and keep up the great work!!!

You have that favorite pair of pants and you do not want to give them up, or you just bought them and now they are too big. Here is a quick and easy tutorial on how to take them in. I used my sewing machine, but if you have the time and patience you could sew by hand.


Too Big!


First you want to turn the pants inside out and put them on.


Next you will either measure how much you need to take them in or mark it with a safety pin. Make sure you take them in the same amount on each side to keep your zipper centered.


Now all you have to do is take them off and sew a straight line down to the point where they no longer need to be taken in.


If you are taking in jeans you need to make sure you do not make the bottom of the legs too tight so you might need to taper off once you pass the hip area.

You can also use these same instructions to turn regular jeans into skinny jeans.

Once you have finished the sewing try them on to make sure they fit properly. You can either cut the extra fabric out or leave it in case you need to let the pants back out in the future.

 Perfect Fit!


I also used the same instructions to take in a shirt that I bought off the clearance rack at Forever 21. The shirt fit everywhere but the arm holes were huge! (which is probably why there were so many of them on clearance).

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