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Alter Your Ready-to-Wear: Pants Edition


Price includes 2 class hours.

With Jennifer Stern

Oct 10, 10:00am-12:00pm CDT

You can save money by learning how to alter your own pants! Gather your slacks, pants, and jeans that may need a little TLC and join Jennifer as she guides you through the process.

Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 14 days following the event.

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Sometimes a small alteration in a pair of pants will give you a better fit. Maybe a small tweak will make your jeans more comfortable? Sometimes a little repair is necessary? Maybe you want a style update? That small tweak doesn’t require a tailor, just a little guidance in how to get it done.

Be ready to try things on, so Jennifer can see how they fit you, and help you with the adjustment. Her step-by-step worksheet will help you keep track of the process you need to complete for each alteration. You will learn how to take apart seams easily, and to mark and prep your pants for sewing — either hand- or machine-sewing techniques can get the job done.

Here is a list of some of the things that we can tackle:
• Fix a gaping back waistband
• Replace/fix a zipper
• Fix belt loops that have come off
• Take in or let out pants (letting out may require a coordinating fabric)
• Shorten the rise of pants (by bringing up the crotch curve so it’s not hanging too low)
• Taper legs
• Create a cuffed hem
• Add patch pockets
• Remove a waistband and add an elastic waistband

Supply list
• Marking chalk
• Wonder Tape
• Fusible stay tape
• Hand-sewing needles.
• Pants and jeans that need to be altered
• Threads and perhaps fabric or zipper to match the garment you will work on.
• Optional: Sewing machine and needles
•Sewing Basics: Sharp scissors, Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Tape measure, Seam ripper, Pins