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Mini Tutorial- Altering Pants

Earlier this week I mentioned quickly taking in some pants at the waist. I was always afraid of adjusting pants, but with my fluctuating post baby body, I needed a way to have pants that fit without lots of shopping. It may not be 100% perfect, but it works for me.

First, try on your pants to determine how much to take in. You’ll be stitching at the side seams, so you’ll want to divide that amount evenly between each side. You can either actually measure or just pinch and guesstimate like I did.

Now, you’ll sew your new seam starting with the max amount at the waistband and tapering out to the seam somewhere around the middle to end of the pocket depending on what you need for fit and how the pants are structured. I didn’t want to change the shape of the legs, so I just did a gradual taper of probably 5-6 inches. Repeat on the other side.

Some things to keep in mind while sewing:
Keep the waistband even at the top
Use a denim needle for thicker materials
Taper all the way out so you don’t end up with a weird little pleat
Avoid stitching over belt loops.
WATCH OUT FOR METAL RIVETS. Seriously. I’ve had needles break and hit me in the face without hitting something metal. Use extra care if your jeans have metal details around the seams.

This tutorial was based on one I saw on another blog, but I can’t find that blog now. If you know the one I’m talking about, please let me know. I would love to link back to it, and the blog probably has tons of other awesome tutorials I need to see.

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Attempt #1: Blue shirt sewing project

I need some cool, cute but relaxed fitting, nursing-friendly shirts for the summer. I decided to try making a few with my overflowing fabric stash.

I’ve been working on this shirt from Simplicity pattern P1969 for about a week during Mr. B’s morning nap times. I had a little trouble understanding some of the instructions, but I’m sure a more experienced seamstress could have easily finished it in a couple of hours or less. This slightly flawed version is straight from the pattern. It’s such a basic design, though, that I would like to try a few variations with it.

I actually haven’t had the chance to try it on yet, but my lovely torso double Athena stepped in to model it for you.

Note: it’s best to use the handle to pick up a hot iron.