Have you  fallen in love with the highly decorated trousers that  people are wearing this summer? I have, but the problem is the inexpensive ones on the high street are often made from synthetic fabric, not so good in the heat. The designer ones are very expensive. Then as Baldrick might say, I had a ‘cunning plan’. Using highly patterned tablecloths , made from fabric that I had originally bought in a second hand shop, I decided to up-cycle. You can do the same with very little in the way of materials and equipment.

 

transformed tablecloth into trousers

transformed tablecloth into trousers

You will need the following:

Wrapping paper or the like from which to cut a pattern

Pen

Pair of trousers that fit you, for a template

Paper scissors

Dress-makers pins

Tablecloth or fabric

Dress making scissors

Thread and a sewing machine

Elastic and safety pin

 

Instructions

  1. Lay out a piece of paper about 10cms longer than your trousers. Fold the trousers so that you have a front piece upper most and lay them on top of the brown paper.

    Lay trousers on top of brown paper

    Lay trousers on top of brown paper

  2.  Draw round the trousers adding an allowance of 1cm all the way round. If your original trousers are fitted at the waist, instead of copying the shape exactly and tapering towards the waist draw it wider, so that the seam is straight from the hips up towards the waist. Add 10cm to the length from crotch to waist, this is for the casing to hold the elastic.

    Draw round trousers onto brown paper brown paper to create a pattern

    Draw round trousers onto brown paper brown paper to create a pattern

  3.  Repeat step two but this time with the back of the trousers being uppermost.
  4. Cut the pattern pieces out of paper.

    Cut pattern from brown paper

    Cut pattern from brown paper

  5.  Fold the tablecloth or fabric in half and pin the pattern pieces onto it.
  6.  Cut out two front pieces and two back pieces.

    Pin the pattern onto the folded fabric and cut out

    Pin the pattern onto the folded fabric and cut out

  7.  With right sides facing, sew the two centre backs together.
  8. With right sides facing sew the two centre fronts together.

    Sew down the center front seam

    Sew down the centre back  seam

  9. With right sides facing, pin the trouser fronts to the trouser backs at both the the inner and outer leg seams.

10. Sew with a running stitch.

11. Try on the very loose trousers and turn down and pin the top edge so the trousers will fit comfortably on your waist.

12.  Leave an opening of about 2cm at the centre back of the trousers for threading the elastic, sew where you have just pinned.

Turn down the top at the waist to make a casing for the elastic

Turn down the top at the waist to make a casing for the elastic

13. Put one end of the elastic onto a safety pin and thread through the casing you have just made. Remove the pin and then tie the two ends of the elastic together. Try the trousers on to make sure they fit.

Thead elastic into the casing

Thread elastic into the casing

14. My original trousers were much wider than I wanted the new ones to be so I tapered the new ones,  and cut away the excess fabric.

Trouser back

Trouser back

My other lovely pair made in the same afternoon.

A different pair of trousers

A different pair of trousers

 

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