Tips for Tailoring J. Crew Cameron Pants

DIY Style

With starting my new job soon, I’ve got workwear on my mind. One of the things I was looking for in new pants were neutral, yet unique colors. It’s easy to find pants in the standard black, navy, or gray, but when I saw the J. Crew Cameron pants in this lovely camel shade, I knew they would be the perfect addition to my wardrobe. On me though, the Cameron pants were wider on the legs than I liked, so here, I’m sharing some quick tips on how I tailored them myself for a more fitted look. 

Here, you can see how the pants looked on me before the tailoring. Not bad, but not super flattering either.

The key to taking in these pants is that there is a seam up the back of the leg, as seen here (black dotted line).

I simply took in that seam about 1.25 inches (so about 2.5 inches total when accounting for both sides) to make the legs better fitted. Depending on how you like them to fit, it will be different per individual. I started the seam just below hip level so that the seat of the pants wasn’t affected. Below are photos of where I pinned and sewed. I used a medium tension on the thread of my sewing machine, and tried to not stretch the fabric as I sewed, to prevent bunching.

I also undid the hem of the pants and sewed all the way down, as seen here.

After trying them on to make sure I liked the fit, I cut off the excess fabric and folded back up the hem. I used a herringbone stitch (outside tutorial here) to close the hem.

And there you have it! I’m pleased with how they turned out, and I’m excited to pair flowy blouses with these pants in spring.

shoes / top (very similar), another cute option here

If you don’t have a sewing machine, this would be an easy fix for a tailor. I have a whole post on the different work pants that I tried on from various stores coming up, so be sure to check back in for that! Thank you so much for reading! x

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