tutorial - how to make your trousers high waisted

With the virus situation going on and voluntary or official quarantine, a lot of us are trying to stay busy at home. I thought my precautious social isolation plan (thankfully I'm still on my semester break!) was the perfect opportunity to finally tackle the "alterations bin", which is technically a big paper bag, and fix some clothing that I almost forgot about. 


I uploaded a poll on instagram asking if you'd be interested in a little tutorial on this quick fix and 96% said yes. Judging from all the messages you sent me, this is probably one of the most requested tutorials ever, so I thought I might as well go all in and create a free, printable worksheet for you.


In case you have no idea about my instagram and just found this randomly:

First of all, welcome! Second, here is the situation again: 

the altered trousers

Gendarmenmarkt Berlin Mitte Blogger Foto high waist Vintage

... vs. before

weight loss sewing hack re size jeans trousers pants maternity

As you can tell, we're talking about a pair of very comfortable, chic but unfortunately low rise and way to wide wool trousers. I did not lose that much weight, even though that photo seems to say "DOCTORS ARE CRAZY ABOUT THIS TRICK; DRINK GINGER WITH CUCUMBER; HONEY; AND OUR MAGICAL DIGESTION PILLS 100% NATUTRAL" (we all know it, right?!). They just were a little bit loose in the beginning, I lost about 2kg in a few weeks which is very normal for my body and in addition to that, they stretched over the years.

Just as a side note: This is not the place to find perfect, glamorous, professional fashion photos and that will never be my intention as well. This is the place to find INSPIRATION and quick, fun ideas that just burst out of me if I'm at home at let my creativity go wild. 

Lots of bold letters today, wow. 

worksheet re size high waisted waist trousers pants jeans sewing hack free download

This is my very first worksheet I'm sharing, so I hope it's understandable. You can download it if you click on the button below and print it on an A4 page to look at while you're sewing. I think A4 is the standard size in most countries, but I left a bit of white space around the edges so you can easily print it on other formats as well.

PLEASE read the additional information under the download to make sure you're 100% good to go and don't cut up a pair of trousers before you realize it won't work out. Sewing is about patience and attention to detail, I think I learned this the hard way. When a tutorial requests that you own or iron something, better do so. Unless you're like me and think "Pfffft, ironing... This is flat enough" and prefer to learn the hard way that no, it's actually not, a lot harder and will take longer if you improvise. 


Here are the documents as a PDF and as a .jpeg as well, in case you're tempted to throw your laptop out of the window because the adobe acrobat PDF reader works just as well as mine occasionally does.

JPG Image 1.1 MB
high waisted trousers.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 2.8 MB

So, here are the last few things you need to know before you start


1. Since you're moving the waist line up, I wouldn't recommend using tight skinny jeans. Your leg will have to fit into the trousers at a lower point, so straight or wider cuts are ideal. Please note that the lower hem will move up as well, so you're likely to end up with a cropped fit, which I didn't mind with spring coming soon. 


2. Different fabrics might need different needles or thicker sewing threads, e.g. a sturdy thread and denim needles for jeans. Mine was quite a thin wool fabric, so I was able to use a normal sewing thread. You could sew these by hand which won't even take that long and is even necessary in the last step, but I used a sewing machine for the first steps.


3. This tutorial is not ideal for beginners. I'm not saying it's impossible to do, but maybe search for some beginner friendly projects first to gain some basic knowledge. If you're not that experienced but still want to try it (I know I would jump right in too), I'd recommend looking up the following for a better understanding: Does your fabric require a special sewing needle or treatment? / What is a ladder stitch (important for the last step) and what is a dart? We're combining both in the last step. 


4. Try on your trousers after every step to see if you need to change some markings, cut a bit more, sew even a bit tighter etc. Better be safe than sorry. 



And now... Have fun sewing! I'm excited to hear from you, please send me a message @lara.charlotte.lu if you tried this or have any questions! 


Stay save at home and get creative,



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