First photo, I have place pins where I would want to place darts.
You need to take the pants in 3 inches/7.5 cm. So I would measure 1/2 "/1.2cm for each dart.
Pin each dart and allow approximately 4"/10.2 cm from the top of the waist band to the end of your dart. I used tailors chalk to mark as well.
The pants will look some what like this. Remember to use a heavy gauge machine needle. (100/16) is the size I would use. Now go ahead and sew from the top of the waist band (1/2") all the way down 4" to the dart point.
Hi, Ive just brought my 1st sewing machine.. very exciting stuff!! :) Ive been practising away, making all sorts of things for the children and the dog! But mu husband has now given me my 1st 'real job'... Taking the waist in of his work trousers in by about 3 ins...!!????
I dont know where to start.. ha
Please help :)
Congratulations, a new sewing machine is very exciting, and your a champion for jumping in and getting started.
To answer your question about altering your husbands pants, it does depend on what type of pants you are altering. Only because garments are constructed differently. Three inches is a fair bit to take in, so you want to make sure you distribute the darts evenly across the back of the pants.
With mens trousers, the manufacturer, sometimes will allow for taking in and letting out at the back center seam. It really depends on the style of pants. However, not knowing how the pants are constructed I have given example of what I would do if I were to alter my husbands pants.
This is the simplest way for me to show you how to reduce the waist band without seeing his actual pants.
I really hope this helps you laura. Please let me know if you need anything else. If possible you could send me photos of his pants as well.
Happy sewing Monica PS. you can click on each photo image to see my instructions.