Thursday, March 3, 2011

Turn it Around Thursday - Extend the Pants

So Elle Bean is growing, as children are wont to do, and we are having some pant issues. She wears a size 14/16 in the waist, but not in the legs. To get around this issue in the past, we bought crop or capri pants but she is getting taller and these pants are too short now. It is winter here in Colorado and high water pants are just not going to cut it.

To combat the too short/too long issue, I used Turn It Around Thursday to save the day.
I created a few different ways to get the right length pants for Elle Bean.

First off, we have a few pairs of pants from the Princess P that I cut down in length to fit Elle Bean.

However, cut down jeans just don't look nice at all and hemming jeans is not happening in this house. 

I added a fabric panel to the bottom of the jeans (and some fancy ric-rac)  and now they not only fit perfectly, they are unique to Elle Bean.

Next we took a pair of the capri pants that had permanent folded cuffs and cut the side stitching that held the cuff up. 
Cuff down, the pants were then long enough but the crease from the fold was discolored and obvious.
Embellishment to the rescue!
I put some lace trim over the crease and then added ribbon and more lace for a pretty pattern. 

Lastly, we had a pair that really only needed an inch or so extra so we added a ruffle to the bottom and some ribbon as an accent the ruffle color. 

Ta-da! Pants for Elle Bean without a frustrating (because nothing ever fits right) trip to the store.

He who does not economize will have to agonize.  ~Confucius

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