The Train to Crazy’s New Years ReSewLution

Resolution weight loss

I love Andrea from the Train to Crazy, the name of her blog alone makes me want to keep coming back! She is speaking my language – HA!

Seriously though, this is one fabulous Momma. The Series she hosts are always fantastic, I am in love with her tutorial and pattern round ups, and she is probably the best blogger I know when it comes to utilizing the power of Social Media!

And it goes without saying that she has incredible sewing skills…

As if her pattern reviews and tutorials weren’t enough, she also hosts one of my favorite Link Parties every Thursday, featuring ONLY things that can be worn! Woot Woot!

And did I mention that at this very moment she happens to be competing in the little competition called Project Run & Play??? Ummm…yeah, this Season is FIERCE.

What could Andrea possibly have for us that she is not already doing?! I mean, seriously. What she needs to be doing is telling us how she sneaks extra hours into each day! HA!!!

Welcome Andrea!

The problem with losing weight is having to buy new clothes. Often in sizes you don’t wish to own. So what do you do when you find yourself wearing jeans that look like this:


No, this won’t do! No worries. There is a very quick fix that doesn’t involve taking apart waistbands and hems.

1. Put your pants on inside out. Figure out how much extra in the waist and legs you need to take in. PIn the top and carefully step out of the pants.

2. Sew down each side. Make sure to sew an even amount on each side so you don’t have a wonky seam up your backside. Jeans tailor

Notice here I made an original seam then tried the pants on and realized I wanted to take them in 1/4″ on each side so I sewed another seam.

3. Finish the seam. Use a serger, pinking sheers or a zigzag stitch.

Jeans tailor finish

4. Sew the seam down at the waist and bottom of the pant leg. The outside will look like this: Jeans seam tuck

Can you see that stitching 1/4″ to the left of the seam? The inside will look like this:

Jeans seam inside finish

Sometimes you will want to take in the inseam as well to get a better fit. Just go for it in the same manor you did the side seams.

Jeans before and after

Now wear those pants with pride for the next 4 weeks until you go down another size!


I am loving this Andrea!!! This is going to help so many people who have the very same resolution, me included!!! And PS – you are looking GREAT! Keep up the good work!

And on another note…your entry to last week’s Project Run & Play? Simply FANTASTIC!!! For all of you who haven’t checked it out yet…GO! It is an absolute MUST!

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Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…Happy Sewing!

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Jess Abbott the Sewing Rabbit is the founder and creative director behind the me sew crazy blog, as well as, 5 & 10 Designs, GNO Events, and co-editor of STYLO. She resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and 3 children.
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  1. says

    yesss!!!! thank you… i am in need of this so bad. i have gone down a size, but i only have one pair that fits me! i have about 7 pair of jeans now calling my name at nap time

  2. says

    It’s like a whole new pair of pants! Now if only you could fix the “squeezing myself into pants that are slightly too small because I’m trying to lose baby weight and don’t want to buy clothes in a larger size” problem!

  3. says

    Great job! I always have to pin all the way down the knees because I lose weight kind of weird. My butt often stays (ok with me) while my thighs go down and things get awkward in the pants department. And then I get smaller than I’ve been since, I don’t know, junior high, and automatically get pregnant. tadaa! (actually I should take this trick to my maternity pants from last time. clever clever. I always feel like i’m committing desecration if I try alter mat clothes but really, duh, just do it, right? I want to make them skinny pants anyways, its boot season…)

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