Alter Your Ready-to-Wear – Pants and Jeans Edition
With Jennifer Stern
Mar 6, 1:30-4:30pm
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 Jenn as she guides you through the process.
Sometimes a small alteration in a pair of pants will give you a more attractive and better fit, or make your jeans more comfortable. Sometimes a little repair is necessary? Or maybe you want a style update?
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 to complete each alteration. You will learn the easiest way to take apart seams, and how 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
• Pants and jeans that need to be altered
• Marking chalk
• Wonder Tape
• Fusible stay tape
• Optional: Zippers to match garment fabrics
• Optional: Sewing machine and needles
• Hand-sewing needles.
• Threads that match the garment you will work on.
•Sewing Basics: Needles, Thread, Sharp scissors, Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Tape measure, Seam ripper, Pins