Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Save the Sweats

     Hello all. Today is a beautiful day to be outside. I like to walk everyday and to do that I need comfortable exercise clothes. I had a bambino a few months ago and my wardrobe is limited. Today's project is a pair of black sweats that were handed down to me. They fit around the waist but not anywhere else. As you can see from this picture, they are too long and too baggy.

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.