Thursday, October 13, 2011

diy foldover trousers

(and how I'm killing two birds with one stone)

One very large amount of my stash consists in clothes that, 
for one reason or another, 
are in need of a makeover.

With the great inspiration from Phillip Lim (yes, him, again) I'm going to kill two birds with one stone by using my stash and create a pair of pants that fits out of these these two unusable pairs.
... Mission accomplished!

pictures from shopbop , collage by moi

Here we have exhibit # 1 & #2, which are two fine pairs of pants that have issues (in fabric of similar weight)
#1 doesn't fit anymore (let's say that it shrunk...)
#2 has a rip on the back of one leg.

-->Here's how I made it:

1 & 2 * Dissection the two pay of pants, by ripping off the seams. On the camel one, need to rip off only the external one.
3* find the middle line on the legs and overlap the black one onto the camel one, giving that little extra room on the hips (so it will fit again)

1* make sure that everything is symmetrical, measure again and again, then sew a straight line onto the middle line
2* now, fold the black pants and sew the black side with the back of the camel side
3* there will be a lot of fabric on the inside, but try them on and make sure they fit right, then you can cut the extra fabric on the inside

With the extra fabric in the camel color, I'm cutting a replacement part for the front belt of the pants, and three belt loops (this is all I could do with the scrap fabric).
Since I'm giving my pants about an extra inch, the belt is now too short.
The right side still fits because had the under button (which I'm not using anymore), but the left side is now too short.

Now, I'm putting together the belt, the belt loops, and making the slits at the bottom, 
and I'm finally done.
... and happy!

xox, d.

will party here


  1. Those are fabulous! I wish you lived next door, I have a ton of clothes that could use the Donatella touch!

  2. All of your stuff is great, but I really, really like this one. I think yours is better than the inspiration! You make me think that I could get away with never shopping again! Of course, I would have to be as productive as you, which will probably never happen, but... :)

  3. They look amazing. Remind me of last seasons Chanel boots. I love the color blocking and the slimming optic doesn't hurt either (not that you need it).

  4. wow, that is awesome...but I could never do that....

  5. Oh my goodness. You made that look deceptively easy.

  6. Hi Donatella

    Congratulations you have been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award! You are so creative and I love your blog. You can find out more by going to


  7. che progetto favoloso!!
    Avevo visto qualche giorno fa dei pantaloni in pelle con inserti di vari colori e mi erano piaciuti molto, questi sono così chic!
    devo farlo anch'io!! Grazie per l'idea!!

  8. Well done! I just <3 your blog 4 all ur awesome ideas. I also think these dark parts on the outside make a visually slimming effect :)

  9. Woo Baby! Rock that look. Good way to make your wardrobe keep working for you! :)

  10. I LOVE this! I'm sure I have some old trousers that I can use for this! I shall have to pin it!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  11. This is fabulous! I found you via Craft-o-Maniac's link party. I have a few pairs of pants that have "shrunk" as well. ;)

  12. wow - those pants would be so slenderizing! I love that idea - great inspiration - it looks like they came out awesome.

  13. Congrats on being part of Links a la Mode!

    Best, Jenny

  14. These turned out fantastic! I think for me it would be easier to just make the pants from scratch...but this really is a great DIY!!

    Natasha ~ Required2BeInspired

  15. These are so fantastic that my mind just stopped working- I'll have to re-read your directions later because I'm just too in awe of those pants right now. Genius.

    xx Kara
    Sprinkles in Springs

  16. Omg, tgis is so great! I wish i could sew :-(

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    Confessions Of A City Girl

  17. Wow, great job! I actually like the diy better than the original version - those pants are gorgeous!

  18. Wow, it looks so good, great job! And thanks for sharing the tutorial!!
    I linked it in a serie I'm writing for my blog (, hope you don't mind :D

  19. Congratulations! Great,great, great blog! The pants are just so elegant! Thank you for inspiring me! I pinned some of your pics! :)

    1. thank you! one and a half years later... they are still my big time favorites :) thanks for pinning on your board! xox, d.


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