DIY Two-Piece Set from Wide Legged Pants | Thrifted Revamp Ep. 3

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When I added the pants to my shopping cart at the thrift store, I didn’t know whether they would fit. The cut wasn’t even something I would normally go for. But I liked how the fabric flowed while the body is in motion. And since my petite frame does not call for that much fabric, I was able to turn the pants into something I could wear. Scroll down to see the process!

DIY two-piece set

Blue has always been a favorite color of mine. But royal blue paired with white creates an irresistible combination. The vibrant print on the wide legged pants used in this episode of Thrifted Revamp is eye candy. Unfortunately, I don’t have a before photo, but you can catch a snippet of it at the beginning of the video tutorial.

Materials

For this project, you’ll need the following:

  • Wide legged pants
  • Tank top
  • Basic sewing tools

Use pants that has some structure to it, but is still light enough to be flowy. When creating the patterns, take into consideration the amount of stretch in your fabric. Incorporate ease as needed.

1

Make the Top Pattern

There are four bodice patterns.

  • Pattern A: Front bodice
  • Pattern B: Back bodice
  • Pattern C: Neckband
  • Pattern D: Shoulder strap

Trace out half of a tank top. If needed, lower the underarm to make it more comfortable to wear. I lowered my pattern by 1 inch.

Duplicate the pattern. You should now have two pattern pieces:

  • (1) Front bodice
  • (1) Back bodice

On the front, create a straight neckline. Do this by drawing a straight line across the chest. Leave the back pattern as is.

Give both bodice patterns an A-line shape. Begin by dividing each pattern vertically into equal parts. Starting from the bottom, cut along the lines to the top. DO NOT cut all the way through.

With the top of the pattern still intact, spread out each of the strips. The wider the pattern is, the more flowy the top will be. For a more fitted top, keep the strips closer together.

Make sure the width of the front is the same as the back. Otherwise, one side may have more flare than the other.

Trace out the new pattern.

Create a 1-inch neck band for both the front and back.

Create a 2-inch strip. This will be used for the shoulder strap and band of the underarm. So the length should be equal to the sum of the entire underarm plus however long you need the shoulder strap to be. Visually, it would be as follows:

Total length = Front underarm + Back underarm + shoulder strap

Add ½ inch seam allowance to all raw edges. The center of the bodice patterns will be cut on fold, so it does not require seam allowance.


2

Sew the Shorts Together.

Hem the shorts. You can do this in a few different ways:

  • Attach the original hem. I liked the print on my original hem. So I removed it from the legs and attached them to the shorts.
  • Attach a trim of your choice, such as lace, poms poms, or decorative elastic.
  • Add seam allowance before cutting. Fold under twice and topstitch.

3

Sew the Top Together.

Cut open the remaining portion of the legs that you removed in Step 8. My pants had a separate print at the bottom, so I separated that design and saved it for the straps and neckbands.

Use the remaining seam of the leg as the center. Cut out the bodice pieces.

With right sides together, sew along the sides.

Attach the neckband. Fold it in half and attach it to the neckline. Snip off any excess.

Fold the seam down and topstitch it to the bodice. This will keep the neckband upright and give a clean finish.

Attach the shoulder strap.
NOTE: This sequence deviates slightly from the video tutorial. I find it easier to follow this way. But if you would like to follow the video directly, refer to the second sequence of instructions below.

  • Sew the shoulder strap closed.
  • Line up the seam of the strap against the side seam of the top.
  • Sew one raw edge of the strap to the underarm.
  • Fold the remaining raw edge of the strap under twice to cover the seam you created above.
  • Sew the fold in place. Hide the stitch by sewing directly along the first seam.
  • Continue to sew along the entire shoulder strap.
  • Use a decorative stitch to add structure to the shoulder strap.

To follow along with the video, follow the sequence below to attach the shoulder strap:

  • Line up the ends of the strap against the side seam of the top.
  • Sew one raw edge of the strap to the underarm.
  • Fold the remaining raw edge of the strap under twice to cover the seam you created above.
  • Sew the fold in place. Hide the stitch by sewing directly along the first seam.
  • Continue to sew along the entire shoulder strap.
  • Sew the strap closed by following the direction of the side seam.
  • Use a decorative stitch to add structure to the shoulder strap.

Hem the top.

Thrifted Revamp is a series where I create chic garments from scratch. Check out Sew it Yourself to create existing chic garments from scratch!

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