Adaptation of trousers

A simple way to adapt trousers so they sit well both when standing and sitting

User with modified trousers
User with modified trousers

Description
The user buys ordinary trousers that are too long in the legs. She adapts them as follows:

– slit open the waistband at the back (photo 2).
– cut off the extra length of the trouser legs and sew them to the waistband (photo 3).
– cut the fabric so that the piece of fabric is narrow at the sides and wide at the middle, depending on how high you want the trousers.
– sew into place (photo 4).
– insert an elastic band into the waistband (photo 5).

Users comments
The user occasionally uses a wheelchair. Standard trousers feel like they are cut too low when she sits. Trousers designed for individuals with disabilities are extremely expensive.
The trousers work both when sitting and standing.

Made by
The user

Purchased from
Clothing shop

Paid for by
The user

Whose idea
The user’s

Editors comments
Please see www.textilochtips.wordpress.com (last checked July 2017) to find more patterns for clothing for persons with disabilities.

This tip is from 2009

Waistband is slit open
Waistband is slit open
Extra piece of fabric from the legs is sewn to the waistband
Extra piece of fabric from the legs is sewn to the waistband
Extra piece of fabric inserted in the back of the trousers
Extra piece of fabric inserted in the back of the trousers
Elastic band in the waistband in the back of the trousers
Elastic band in the waistband in the back of the trousers

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Tipsare: Caroline

Caroline lives in an apartment and is working. She has a congenital disease (Ehlers-Danlos syndrom) which gives her fluctuating problems and pain in all her joints. Since 2000 she is using a wheelchair outdoors. She has homehelp 27 hours a month.