DIY Create Skinny Trousers from Wide Legs Tutorial

Stacy and Clinton told me NOT to do this.

But I did it anyway.

And I like it!

Stacy and Clinton have been telling me all these years with my wide hips that this narrow cut will make me look like………….

of all things………..


I beg to differ!

I love how this narrow cut shows off my shoes.

I love how this narrow cut creates a slimming illusion.

I think I might do this to all my pants (Sorry my English and Australian friends, I know that “pants” word makes you giggle).

Here’s a quick version of how I did this:

Start with some thrift store wide leg trousers.

Next put them on inside out and have someone pin the new seam line for you. In my case, Β the ruggedly handsome contractor husband pinned them for me.

Now, use the pin lines as a guide to draw a chalk line. Sew the new seam and trim.

Measure the new hem line and sew a small rolled hem.

Put on some cute shoes and you’re good to go.

Now Stacy and Clinton, do I look like an ice cream cone?

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About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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115 Responses to DIY Create Skinny Trousers from Wide Legs Tutorial

  1. Carolyn says:

    I did that to two pairs of pants yesterday too, but I keep forgetting to take pictures of the befores for my blog! I do have one after though.

  2. Betty says:

    Cute skinny pants & latest style also. Wow!
    Cheers, Betty

    • Thanks Betty. I’ve been seeing this style all over. I loved how it showed off the shoes. I didn’t know if it would look good on me, but you never know til you give it a try!!!

  3. Corinne says:

    They look great!

  4. So cute! I’m doing this!!! πŸ™‚

  5. nettie says:

    These are awesome! The after fit is so great.
    I love seeing hubby help pics! You guys are so cute!

  6. Anonymous says:

    No ice cream cone there! I have several slacks I need to fit. I have a thick high waist, and all slacks purchased to fit said waist suffer baggy butt and saggy legs. My hubby, despite being ruggedly handsome, declines my requests for pinning assistance.

    • Perhaps if you show him this picture and the picture of ruggedly handsome husband working the oil rigs on my About page, your ruggedly handsome husband would be willing to put aside whatever ruggedly handsome thing he was doing to pin his – I’m sure- hard working wife’s pants πŸ™‚

  7. Lou's Labors says:

    Love it! Those look really great, and super easy πŸ™‚

  8. Cara Olsen says:

    LOL! I used to watch “What not to Wear” all the time. Stacey and Clinton are hilarious, but yes, they are definitely wrong on this one; you look great in those trousers. You are already a slim petite woman, but these go one step further to give you a nice long leg, too. And way to go for scoring the hubby’s assistance. What a sweetheart!


    • I LOVED “What Not to Wear”! I use to watch it all the time, too, Cara. The transformations always amazed me!

      Ruggedly Handsome Husband is definitely a good sport! It was funny because he is currently working on a kitchen remodel and his client saw this post and commented that just a few hours prior, ruggedly handsome husband was playing Dr. Destructo at her house. A man of many talents!

      Hope all is well with you!

  9. niftylinda says:

    They look great. Big thumbs up to your hubby too!

  10. prttynpnk says:

    They look so much more tailored and snazzy. Sorry Stacy and Clinton.

  11. SNAZZY!!!! Love that word!

  12. I agree….snazzy!!

  13. I love this! I have a pair of pant’s that I never wear b/c I hate the cut of the leg. I’m trying this out. Thank you!

  14. silvapang says:

    Great idea~ The new pants look more fashionable indeed.

  15. Ellen says:

    These are close to what we’d have called “pegged.” Not quite, but close. Look great.

  16. Tammy says:

    Visiting from fame on Fridays. Your ruffled shirt was amazing! You are so talented!

  17. Hello! Thank you so much for liking my very first upcycling project – I get so excited when someone I dont know reads my blog! Ive been having a read through yours and its inspired me to keep going with the upcycling/recycling – the possiblities of changing old clothes for new is endless – thanks for putting your tutorials up. Ive only just started sewing, so perhaps one day when Im more confident, Ill be doing tutorials too!
    A quick question….when you do a rolled hem – do you use a different foot on your machine? Is a rolled hem easy to do or more advanced?
    Sorry for such a long message – thanks for your support

    • Welcome, welcome, welcome! A rolled hem is just my word for first folding under a quarter inch and sewing, then folding it under again and sewing. That way there will be no rough edge.
      I hope you’ll come back again!
      Enjoy your day!

  18. TheMFresh says:

    No icecream cone! Looks great! Good idea.

  19. Barb says:

    Hey, I recognize that Ruggedly Handsome Guy!…..good sport of a guy. I have one of those too. Although I think he would decline the opportunity to be in the pictures! Cute pants by the way. Now I wish I had saved all of my mom’s pants that we sold at her garage sale, they were very, very wide!!

    • So true Barb! I now wish I would’ve saved more of my mom’s clothes. Oh, well, can’t save everything or our children would be calling in the film crew for an episode of Hoarders. (I think they may already be considering it in my case) πŸ™‚
      Thanks again for the wonderful get together at your house last weekend! It was so nice to see everybody!
      Enjoy your Sunday!
      Hugs, Beth

  20. Looks really great. If you were not wearing them, you had nothing to loose. It worked out and you gained a nice new pair of trousers.

    • I know, that’s exactly the way I look at it, too. Why not take a risk and try resewing them, if it doesn’t work out, I’m not wearing them anyway, so no loss!
      Thanks for the visit! I hope you’ll come back again!

  21. OMG! Girl you look awesome! No way like an ice cream cone… Love the end result. I’m so going to have to go thrift store shopping and get some trousers to make super cute using your tutorial. Thanks!

  22. You will make this work like magic Jeanna, I’m sure. Can’t wait to see pictures of it on your blog!!!

  23. CherryPix says:

    You do not look like an ice cream cone AND you don’t look you’ve been eating a lot of ice cream! Great sleek fit and love the fabric.

    Re: comment about UK/Aussies giggling about the word ‘pants’….’round here (Sydney) we call them pants too…it’s the word ‘slacks’ that sends us into hilarity…;-p

  24. Thom says:

    Hey Beth, did you know that the word “slacks” was voted the #1 word that should be stricken from the English language?? This was chosen from many nominated words. Just thought ya might like ta know. Tom

  25. waldenredux says:

    I think they look great! And given the patterning in the fabric it makes the refashion even more of a challenge. I think they are totally slimming, well done you.

  26. craftcrater says:

    They look nice. You don’t remotely resemble an ice cream cone! I have lots of wide legs that could do with slimming down so I can cycle to work in them.

  27. chukichi says:

    I think they look great! I wouldn’t even call those pants “skinny”; more like, well and properly fitted. Even though I don’t know you, I would also say they fit your personality, too–maybe because you look so pleased in the after shot!

  28. Claudine says:

    Hi, Beth! Just came over from Leanne’s blog!
    Yes, the pants look great on you! I love grey, also!
    And NO you don’t look like an Ice Cream Cone, hahahahahaah!
    I love your sense of humour!

  29. I see your “likes” on my posts over at Fostering A Creative Life and finally am returning the favor. Lots of fun stuff you have here, excited that I subscribed so I can keep up with all your creations. I just recently started sewing again, so I’m super excited about your “refashion.”

    I have to agree with all of the other comments, what a huge difference. It really flatters your shape! Quick question on the rolled hem, I saw your comment above about rolling the hem over a 1/4 inch so no raw edge, but isn’t there a different foot for your sewing machine you can use too. My friend had me use it on my daughter’s baptismal gown.

    And one last thought onto to this insanely long comment. My ruggedly handsome husband will help too, but to have his picture taken in the process and then posted on my blog is a whole other story. Glad he’s such a good sport πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for comin’ on over! I hope some of my posts will be helpful in your renewed sewing adventures!
      As far as the special foot. There just might be one, I’ve just never used it.
      Those husbands of ours- just gotta love ’em!!! πŸ™‚
      Enjoy your night!

  30. These turned out so great. I’m definitely pinning this.

  31. alicecarman says:

    love love love your idea! I don’t know how to sew, but i might want to learn now.

    • Alice,
      The beauty of refashioning thrift store clothes is you have virtually nothing to lose. It’s a great way to learn how to sew! I hope you try it, it’s so much fun.

  32. I am so impressed! I can barely sew a button but I might try some of your ideas out. It’s old clothes anyway right?

  33. Hello. These are GREAT! I had never thought of such an idea. I have about 5 pairs of wide leg pants that are just ‘so yesterday’, and now I can bring them into today. Your ones look so loevely! Thank you for sharing this!! xo

  34. rosyragpatch says:

    This is great! I have been wondering for ages whether this would work or not. I have a pair of trousers made from really nice lightweight wool that would benefit from this treatment. Thanks for sharing your method.

  35. hanni kasim says:

    looks better…well done!

  36. EllenSand says:

    You look smashing, Beth!
    Ellen πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Ellen! I was just thinking about you and how I needed to go and visit your blog to see what you’ve been up to. You must have been reading my mind. πŸ™‚
      I’m headed to your place right now.

  37. repurposedmind says:

    these look fab! thanks for visiting {re}purposed mind. I hope you enjoyed your visit enough to follow me and look forward to interacting with you again soon. Leo x

  38. velosewer says:

    Your pants look fab. The thing is you’ve balanced the top over your hips and the skinny leg is more of a straight cut so how could you possibly look like an icecream cone. So you’ve nailed this really well.

  39. ginnyazile says:

    I love this! I have two pairs of pants in my room just waiting for this to happen. I haven’t worn them in so long because they are so wide legged and they really aren’t that flattering. I can’t wait to try this! Hopefully my husband won’t grumble too much when I ask him to help…

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  41. mostlymusing says:

    Nice!!! I’ve done the same thing; and turned pants into shorts and skirts. One of my favorite skirts ever was refashioned from an old pair of striped painter pants! You are inspiring me to post some of my things! Enjoying your blog so much… have a great eye for salvagable clothes.

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  44. What a great before and after. I’m tempted to take another look in my closet!

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  48. Hi Beth, Your trousers look great. I don’t know who Stacy and Clinton are, but they don’t have a clue what they are talking about. I’m a big skinny trouser fan too!
    And yes, the word ‘pants’ does make me giggle.

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  51. Maureen says:

    Could you please tell me where I can order a ruggedly handsome husband? hehe I definitely need pinning assistance!

  52. Very good post. I certainly love this site.
    Keep writing!

  53. lisa says:

    great refashion!!! i have lots that need this but what do you do about the pockets?

  54. Joni Lawter says:

    I have several pair of dress pants that I LOVE (name brand) but HATE the wide leg so I’ve stored them for ’emergency’ use (funerals, job interviews, etc) and I’m feeling that this is worthy to bring them out of the plastic bin from under the house! I’ve also been looking for a worthy reason to bust out the ol’ sewing machine…well…this is more than WORTHY! πŸ˜‰ Thank you! You’re awesome!

  55. elycaysmum says:

    you look fabulous!!! i love that I stumbled upon you through pinterest… you are just too talented!

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  58. Stella says:

    Hi Beth, Great tutorial! Thank you!
    One question, sorry newbie here . . . How far up do you start pinning? Do you start as high as the thighs or at the knees? I have a few pairs of pants and a couple of jeans that I would love to re-do.
    BTW, they do not give you the ice cream cone look at all. I also love the fabric.
    Thank you! Stella

    • Hi Stella,
      Where you start the pinning really depends on the pants you are starting with and how narrow you want them to be. Once you put them on, inside out, you will be able to see where you need to start pinning. When you have it all pinned, look in the mirror and you will be able to get a glimpse into what it will look like when you sew. You can redo the pins if you don’t like the look of it.
      Hope that helps,
      Let me know if you have any other questions.

  59. barbara hatherall says:

    Hi Beth. I have only just come across your website,loving it. I like you are quite wide on the hips and agree that tapered trousers are much more flattering. Also hate all the long length tops that they say you should wear to disguise big hips. If the tops are too long I always shorten them to sit just on the hip line,especial jackets. They look so much smarter. Look forward to reading more on your site,and I’m just going to make the renegade tote bag.:)

  60. Julieta says:

    I need to do this with several of my work pants! These are so cute. You look fabulous!

  61. Amy says:

    LOVE this idea! I was just thinking how I need to go buy new work pants but I have all sorts of these wide leg trousers I never wear. Time to get the sewing machine out and save some money! Thank you!

  62. Great tutorial! I recently met with a stylist who suggested having some of my wider leg trousers altered to taper/skinny width. I have a sewing machine and can do a straight stitch. You make it look very easy to do!

  63. Zoey says:

    I seriously have to try this. I have so many pair of dress pants that need tailoring. So excited to try it!!

  64. houseoflisa says:

    Thanks for this great post! I also have difficulty with wider pants making my wide thighs look even wider! Skinny or straight legs work best on me and now I can actually convert some of my wide-leg fashion mistakes into masterpieces! Keep up the great work! πŸ™‚

  65. Fantastic post and tips, thank you so much! I shared it on my fb timeline πŸ˜‰

  66. Susan M Bowers says:

    Inside seam? Thank you.

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