Easy Sewing Project--Altering a Pair of Shorts

shorts before

shorts are too big so I pin them to fit...
shorts are too big so I pin them to fit...

Shorts before

So I have this pair of structured shorts from the Gap.   They are the perfect length and I love the color because it goes with so many of my tops and shoes.  They are a bit too big around the waist/hips so I will alter them.  In this way I get to be "green" since I am not tossing the shorts and they are getting new life in my wardrobe...win win as far as I am concerned.  

So as you see in the picture the shorts need to be taken in about 1.5 to 2 inches. I think I can take in just the center back seam and that will do the trick.  Note that I have marked the shorts where I pinned them...

shorts before

mark the shorts on the inside with a pencil or crayon then remove the pin
mark the shorts on the inside with a pencil or crayon then remove the pin

altering prep

Once the shorts are marked I used a seam ripper to take off the belt loop, take out the top stitching for the waist band, remove the labels and separate the waist band from the body of the shorts. I worked within the space between the side back belt loops.

alter prep

alter prep

alter prep

alteration steps

Now I pinned the back seam and the waistband section to match up. The back seam needs to match the stitching near the crotch area and take in the amount needed at the waist. It also needed to curve a little to fit the body shape. I used a stretch stitch that also has a zigzag step that keeps the edge from fraying. Once the center seam and waistband were taken in I reattached the waistband to the body of the shorts.

alteration steps

back center seam pinned
back center seam pinned

alteration steps

stretch stitch
stretch stitch

alteration steps

back seam is trimmed...waistband attached
back seam is trimmed...waistband attached

finishing touches

All that was left to do was to reattach the label, topstitch the waistband and then I attached the belt loop. The shorts look and fit great!

finishing touches

reattached label, waistband is top stitched
reattached label, waistband is top stitched

finishing touches

belt loop attached
belt loop attached

finishing touches

shorts fit great!
shorts fit great!

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medor 5 years ago from Michigan, USA

Nice job on the hub and on the shorts... the illustrations were great... you even put the belt loop back on... great.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Helpful before and after, with step-by-by step photos.

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