How To Take In Pants That Are Too Big In The Legs

Are you tired of wearing pants that are too big on the legs? Do you feel less impressive with pants that are big in the legs? Well, you can always choose to alter them into stylishly fitted legs for your outlook. 

You can taper or take in your pants to make them more stylish. If you can take in your pants, you will look more polished with your overall appearance. However, hiring a professional can be expensive for tapering your pants’ legs.

You won’t have to worry as you can taper the pants on your own. So, you can save your money by enhancing the fit of your pants’ legs all by yourself. In this article, you will learn every step and ways to taper your pants. So, follow to know in-depth details.

How To Take In Pants That Are Too Big In The Legs?

Tapering or taking in your pants legs is no hassle. If you have some patience and concentration, you can easily improve the fit of your pants. In addition, you will need proper equipment such as chalk, scissors, ball pins, a sewing machine, and iron.

You have to wear the pants and mark the spot where you want the pants to taper and fit. Then, you have to cut the fabric, pin it, and sew the new seam. Well, if you have in-depth knowledge of all these steps, there’s no stopping to improve your pants fitting.

So, collect all of your equipment and start tapering your pants that are too big in the legs. Let’s start.

Step 1: Deciding The Spot And Area Take In Your Pant Legs

Pant Legs

You have to flip the pants inside out and wear them. If you turn the pants inside out, you can see their old seam. This will further help you to remove the stitches, cut the seam line, and sew with a new thread seam.

First, you have to determine the area of the pant legs that you want to taper. Then, you can wear the pants and pinch down the piece of fabric that you want to remove for the best fit.

Step 2: Pinch The Pant Legs For Suitable Fit

Suitable Fit

In this step, you have to pinch the edges of the pant legs where you need to taper them. Then, you have to pinch it along the outside and inside to get the exact spot for tapering. Moreover, you will have to remove some fabric to make your pant legs fit for your outlook.

For instance, if you want to start tapering around your ankle, then pinch that spot. You have to pinch the fabric on the outside and inside of the ankle to know the best area to make the new seam.

Step 3: Mark Line And Pin The Tapering Spot

It may be difficult for you to mark a line on the desired spot to make the new seam. So, you may take help from your friends or family to draw the line or do it yourself.

You must mark or draw the line where you’ve pinched the fabric of the pant legs. If you draw it by yourself, then ensure to keep pinching the fabric until your complete marking for excellent results.

In addition, you can also insert ball pins on the pinched area to draw a line. If you find it difficult to mark the line by yourself, use ball pins. You have to insert a ball pin for about one or two inches where you want to implement tapering.

So, this way, you can easily mark a line along the inside edges of the ball pins. In addition, you must remove the pants to mark the line. Also, ensure to use the pins vertically so that you can create a new seam easily.

Step 4: Check The Lines With Ruler To Get The Same Size

Check The Lines

In this step, you have to take some accuracy and precision steps. First, you have to check the marked lines with a ruler. Next, you must hold the ruler against the line and check the distance from the edge to the lines of the pant legs.

Moreover, this will help you to get the same size on the right and left legs for tapering. For instance, if your marked line is one inch from the inner edges at the bottom of your pants on one leg, it must be the same on the second leg.

Step 5: Remove The Old Seam And Hem Allowance

Now, you have to remove the old stitches of the pants with the help of a seam ripper. In addition, you have to keep the pants inside out and cut stitches along the areas where you will taper.

You can easily run the hook of your seam ripper on the stitches to cut them. Then, to loosen your pant stitches, you can firmly pull out the fabric on the seam. Finally, you can use your fingers to pull a severed thread.

Moreover, if you want to taper the entire leg, then remove all the stitches.

Step 6: Make A Second Chalk Line

Chalk Line

So, in this step, make a second line with chalk for about 1.5 inches from the first marked line. If you have removed the old stitches, you will need to flatten out the pant fabric. Then, line up the raw finished edges.

If your fabric creates issues to flatten out, you can use ironing to solve them. So, this will help you to draw or mark the second chalk line efficiently.

Step 7: Cut Along The Second Chalk Line

Now, you can cut and remove the excess fabric along the second line. The second marked line is the new raw edge for your pant legs that you want to taper. So, cut the fabric straight along this line with a sharp scissor.

Step 8: Insert Pins On The First Line

Now, you have to pin the fabric of your pants along the first marked line. This will become your new seam for the pant legs. In addition, you can insert the pin about 3 inches along the line to keep the fabric intact while sewing.

Also, ensure to insert these pins perpendicularly on the edges of your pant legs. Now, repeat the same for the other leg.

Step 9: Now Thread Your Sewing Machine

Sewing Machine

If you want a permanent tapering solution for your pant legs, then choose a strong and durable thread for seams. If you want to make your pant legs tight and fit, you’ll have to provide stronger seams. In addition, look for a thread whose color matches the color of the fabric of your pants.

Furthermore, you have to set your sewing machine with a solid color-matched thread and straight stitch setting. You will get efficient and satisfying results from straight stitching on your pant legs.

Step 10: Sew Along The Seam Line

Now, you have to sew the fabric with a straight stitch along the first line. Also, you have to start sewing from the bottom of the pant legs.

For instance, if your first line goes up to the crotch of your pant legs, you have to sew all the way to the crotch. But, you should ensure the removal of pins prior to sewing.

Step 11: Backstitch On The End Of The Line

Finally, in this step, you have to backstitch the pant legs on the end of the line. On the side of your sewing machine, there is a lever that you must hold down.

Then, apply firm pressure to your machine’s pedal to sew in the reverse direction. Now, backstitch for about 2 inches or less. Lastly, release the holding lever and sew till the end line again.

Moreover, you have to repeat the same technique for the other pant leg. Thus, your tapered pant legs with the best fit and stylish outlook are ready.

Tips To Narrow Your Wide Pant Legs Without Sewing

With a few easy tips and steps, you can narrow down your wide pant legs without sewing. So, let’s check them out.

  1. You have to mark a line down to your pant legs for about ½ inch from the leg knee to ankle.
  2. You have to add seam and hem allowance for about 1/4 inch to get finished edges.
  3. Now, flatten out the jeans and remove the older seam from the outer edges.
  4. Then, pin the legs along the drawn line for further hemming. Fold the hem and use fabric glue or hem tape to seam the fabric.
  5. Finally, iron the pants in moderate heat and gentle pressure to get end results.

How Do You Look Wearing Tapered Jeans Or Pant?

If you wear tapered pants, you will enjoy a stylish, polished, and tailored outlook. Moreover, you won’t even need a tailor to taper your pants. Tapered pants will enhance the natural shape of your legs to make you look fit and slim.

Well-fitted tapered pants will boost your overall fashion appearance and enhance your confidence. Whatever may be your body type, you can always rely on tapered pants to look good.

How Do You Shorten Pants Without Sewing or Cutting?

You can hem your pants without cutting. You have to fold your pant legs inside to determine how much fabric to remove. Then, pin the folds to keep the pants together while using a hem tape or hand stitch to make the new seam.



I'm Jessica Flores, a professional fashion designer and an expert seamstress. Crafting has always been a deep-seated passion of mine, one that has flourished and evolved over the years. I've dedicated considerable time to both studying and practicing in the realm of fashion and sewing, amassing a wealth of experience and skills. It brings me great joy to share these insights and experiences with you all, hoping to inspire and foster a similar passion for the art of sewing.

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