Tuxedo satin lined trousers are no longer reserved for gaudy black and gold invites. And we’re not talking about the standard boring black pair. From cobalt blues to an array of patterns donning harem pants – the key to the new tuxedo is taking the black-tie out of the classic.
So, pull out some trousers, snip some ribbon and make your very own in 5 easy, no-sewing steps.
How to: DIY Tuxedo Pants
You will need:
9 ft ribbon of your choice
Iron-on fabric adhesive (we used Heat-n-Bond)
1. Measure: Lay your pants on a flat, iron safe, surface with the outer seam side up. Using your ribbon, measure your trousers from top to bottom – leave an excess of 2 inches at each end. Double this length and cut two equal size pieces.
2. Adhere tape to ribbon: Cut adhesive tape to be the same length as your ribbon and lay flat on the back side of ribbon to be bonded. Heat iron on medium heat, no steam setting. Once heated, place iron on top of the tape for 3 seconds, continue to heat until both ribbon and tape are completely stuck together. Then peel back the remaining tape.
3. Adhere ribbon to pants: Tuck the end of your ribbon (adhesive side down) inside the waistband and hold iron to ribbon pressing down for 6 seconds. Adhere the rest of your ribbon to the outer seam of your pants by holding iron down on ribbon for 6 seconds along your seam. Iron any excess ribbon to the inside seam of your pants hem.
4. Repeat: Repeat steps 9-12 on the other pant leg and any other trousers that need a little pick me up.