Curtains to Wide Leg Pants Refashion

This project is all about conquering my sewing fears. In all my years of sewing, I never made a pair of trousers because the complexity intimidated me.  The fly front, the waistband and side pockets freaked me out, so I avoided making pants altogether.  Basically, I had fear of failure.

So what made me change my mind?   I came across some old curtains at a garage sale for $4 and immediately thought of making wide leg trousers. If I messed up the pants, I’m only out $4, so the risk was low.  Also, I have a thing for obnoxiously patterned pants.  My signature look is to pair loud pants paired with a simple top.  I’ve been eye-balling Collette’s Juniper Trousers pattern for the longest time and finally bought it for this project. 

Another reason I avoided trousers is the fit issue.  I’ve had so many bad experiences with ill-fitting patterns that I stopped using them and started winging it on my own with my refashions.  Luckily, these pants fit me PERFECTLY.  People, this is a big deal for me because I’m ALWAYS tweaking and adjusting patterns.  Never in my entire life has a pattern fit me so well.  

These pants fit snugly at the hips and gently flares out to the hem.  The contour waistband molds naturally to the waist and is key to the great fit.  As a short, petite gal, I depend on wide leg trousers to make me look longer and leaner.

Front view of my wide leg trousers upcycled from garage sale curtains.

Look at my first fly front!  It was a little tricky, but Colette has a wonderful tutorial that walks you through step by step.  I’m a tad OCD with my sewing, and the topstitching isn’t as perfect as I’d like it to be, but it’s not too shabby for a first-timer.

Side view of my wide leg trousers upcycled from garage sale curtains.

How about the slash pockets? The pockets are well constructed and roomy, perfect for carrying the crap my 6-year-old son collects when we’re out and about.

Back view of wide leg trousers refashioned from curtains.

I spent the better part of my Saturday making these pants, which is surprisingly fast considering all the new things I was trying out.  I finished these wide leg trousers around midnight and went to bed with a smug feeling of satisfaction.  My only gripe about this pattern is the zipper.  There’s no inner zipper flap, and the zipper often catches on my underwear at the end of a bathroom break.

You never know what you’re capable of if you don’t push yourself outside of your comfort zone.  When trying something new, go slow, break it down into smaller chunks, and don’t be afraid to use the seam ripper.

By the way, I have no affiliation with Colette.  I’m just a huge fan.


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  1. Ann at 5:01 pm

    Those pants look fabulous. I have a pattern for shorts I drafted myself with the same contour waistband & slash pockets. I absolutely love it. Reminds me of when I made a pantsuit out of old curtains when I was in high school.

    • melissa1lin at 6:10 pm

      Thanks Ann! I’m a big fan of the contour waistband too. I think it was the key to the great fit of the trousers. I’d love to take a look at your curtain pantsuit if you still have it.

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