Dad Pants Be Gone 🧙‍♂️

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The other day my husband Mike walked into my studio wearing his training shorts. He complained that he looked like he was wearing Dad Pants! And yes I did have to agree they were unflattering and looked like he was a 5-year-old wearing his dad’s shorts😐.

He’s had these shorts for over 8 years and besides the horrible fit, they’ve got another 30 wears in them (at least!).

Mike didn’t want to throw them out but hated feeling uncomfortable in his training gear. So he asked if I could alter them for him.

Thrilled by his request. I took on the challenge. I’ve never altered any of Mike’s clothes before. If he gets tired of them he’ll pass them over to me. They’ll either go into my make pile (to be upcycled). Or move into my wardrobe, so I can wear them to death.

I was a little nervous to start because I didn’t want to mess up his shorts, luckily he wasn’t precious about it.

So off I went. Mike wanted his shorts to be more fitted and less baggy. But comfortable enough to play football⚽ in. This meant I had to take in the seam and shorten the crotch.

Here’s a step by step of the alternation.

How To Make Shorts More Fitted :

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Tools:

  1. Sewing Machine
  2. Serger
  3. Chalk
  4. Sewing pins
  5. Pair of shorts that fit well
  6. Tape measure (optional)

Instructions:

Step 1: Turn the shorts inside out. You’ll be taking in the seam on the inside of the leg and shortening the crotch.

Step 2: Using the pair of shorts that fit well as a guide. Lined up the shorts that needed altering with the ones that fit.

 PLACE FITTED SHORTS ON TOP OF SHORTS THAT NEED TO BE ALTERED.

PLACE FITTED SHORTS ON TOP OF SHORTS THAT NEED TO BE ALTERED.

Step 3: Trace a line around the shorts that fit. This is the cut line on the shorts you’re altering. Use a tape measure to make sure both legs are even.

 ONCE SHORTS ARE LINED UP TRACE THE CUT LINE

ONCE SHORTS ARE LINED UP TRACE THE CUT LINE

 USING TAILOR’S CHALK TRACE AROUND THE FITTED SHORTS

USING TAILOR’S CHALK TRACE AROUND THE FITTED SHORTS

Step 4: Pin and baste stitched with the sewing machine. Leave about 2cm seam allowance.

 YELLOW CHALK LINES. SHORTS PINNED IN PLACED.

YELLOW CHALK LINES. SHORTS PINNED IN PLACED.

 SHORTS BASTE STITCHED.

SHORTS BASTE STITCHED.

Step 5: Go for a first fitting. If everything is A-ok! Move on to the next step if not undo baste stitch. And rep Step 4.

Step 6: Next serge over your baste stitch. No undo button after this… So make sure everything fits!

Step 7: Final fitting. 

Top stitch the seam to neaten everything up. And remove the baste stitch.

 SHORTS TOP STITCHED IN PLACE

SHORTS TOP STITCHED IN PLACE

This alternation technique was simple and worked well. The entire process took me 45 mins. Confident that this works I’ll be using the same technique to take in some of my own clothes 

I’m happy with my handy work and Mike’s happy with his”new” football⚽ gear that he loves wearing!

 BEFORE = BAGGY & NAFF

BEFORE = BAGGY & NAFF

 AFTER = FITTED & COMFORTABLE

AFTER = FITTED & COMFORTABLE

Things to note:

These shorts are made with thin fabric which was easy to work with. I didn’t have to unpick any seams. I’m not sure if this method would work on thicker fabrics like denim. You may need to unpick the seams to create less bulk.