This is not a great picture, but you can see the extreme bagginess. I spread the pants out and decided to taper the legs. I didn't want them tight like leggings, just less huge. After many mistakes I have learned to take things in before I shorten the length. You usually don't need to shorten a piece of clothing as much as you thought after you take it in.
First, I turned them inside out.I used a yard stick to make a chalk line from the thigh down to the ankle. I am sewing a new seam on the inner leg to preserve the white decorative lines running down the side of each leg.
I sewed straight down that line twice. Why twice? Because I don't want to be working out (or watching Netflix) and split my pants! After sewing, I cut the extra fabric away.
I only needed to turn the pants under once and sew them down to get the right length in the legs.
Now they are ready for a test drive, or test walk. I plan to wear them almost daily as most moms do. They are comfortable and elastic waist sweats are perfect for the mom of a new baby. KC the wonder dog agrees. (He will agree to anything if you take him for a walk.)
Thanks for reading, now go make something fabulous for yourself.