So it's been a while since my last tutorial - here's one from a pair of granny pants I bought for $3.00 at the op-shop. I made this because I really need some fitted pants for work- I'm starting an internship soon at an office, and when I went there for my interview, all the women were wearing work slacks. These 'granny pants' were tagged from Miller's, which is a sort of older brand- the type with lots of kaftans, oversized shirts and waistbanded slacks. It has an elastic waistband with three belt loops and sort of looks like a pair of crepe trackies. They were two sizes too big for me, so I made them smaller by adding in a few pleats and adjusting the leg width. As always, this is what I did for my pants and might not be exactly the same for yours- please read all instructions beforehand :)
Halve this measurement (I got 42cm).
Basically we want the front waistline to be this measurement (42cm for me), so we need to make the waist smaller till we reach this.
I made four pleats, going from on pleat the right to the left for the second pleat, then again for the third and fourth pleats- just to make sure it's all even.
Pin down your pleats at the waistband, and at the end point of your pleat/dart.
I'm not sure if you can just substitute this step for Step 3. I just did my pleats with the pants right-side out first because I wanted to see what they'd look like from the front.
Fold down the waistband as it would be with the elastic replaced, and mark your crotch depth (with the added 2cm) with chalk. On the photo it's the blue line.
We're going to slim down the inner-leg, so this measurement will make sure that we leave enough allowance for your crotch and butt areas.
We're going for a tapered slack, so that's why we're not being super exact with how slim to make the leg.
You can try on your pants at this point just to check how much more to take in at the waist.
Turn them inside-out again and use chalk to mark a new seam on the outer edge of the legs. Your line should point towards the inside of the pants as it travels down the leg. Draw the curve from the waistband to the pocket, following the original curve.
Cut the inner leg, 1cm away from your chalk line for seam allowance. Only cut the front of the pants!
This is because we want the back pieces to be slightly bigger to allow for your butt.
Turn them inside-out again and cut off the excess fabric on the outside leg.
Mark the middle of the elastic you cut.
Then stitch down both ends of the elastic to the left and right of the back waistband.
Stretch the elastic to match the cloth as you sew.
Once you have finished enclosing the elastic at the back, keep going around the waistband to the front, folding over the front waistband as it was originally.