Can you tailor sweatpants? YES

Now that I have answered your question, you may leave, or you can keep reading and learn how to, where you can alter them, and the essential answer to the question, is it worth it?

If you wear your sweatpants mainly around the house, there is no need to worry about how they look and feel. Are they warm and comfy? Then you are good!

However, if you are more adventurous with your sweatpant game, wearing your sweatpants out to work, events or even on special occasions, you will want them to fit you as best as possible.

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Can You Tailor Sweatpants

Can You Tailor Sweatpants?

If you wear your sweatpants out to spend the day with friends, read this article that shows you exactly what to wear with sweatpants when going for a more trendy look. Also try our how to style sweatpants article.

Or perhaps you’re looking how to dress your sweatpants up for a day at work or evening out at an event. I got you covered, my man.

Now let’s dive into showing you how you can tailor sweatpants.

How Are Sweatpants Supposed To Fit?

There are many different styles and looks for how sweatpants should fit. It depends on the occasion you are wearing them.

  • Staying home: Fit should be whatever is most comfortable
  • Out with friends: Baggy or tight, it all depends on the rest of your look
  • At work: They should be tight or fitted
  • At an event: 90% of the looks will need a fitted syle

If you have a look in mind that has a more fitted look with your sweatpants, you can also think about using a pair of joggers instead to pull it off. If you are unsure of the difference between Sweatpants vs Joggers, this will help you.

Can You Resize Sweatpants?

Yes, you can resize your sweatpants, and there are many ways to do it. You can resize your sweatpants, from shrinking, stretching, cutting & sewing yourself to dropping off to your favourite tailor.

1. Shrinking

When shrinking your sweatpants, make sure that you fully understand that every part of the pants will be reduced in size. These two guides on shrinking your sweatpants will set you up for success.

2. Stretching

When making your sweatpants bigger, either length or width-wise, be sure to thoroughly soak the area where you want the fibres to expand. Our guide on how to stretch sweatpants will take you step by step through the process needed (even step you fully clothed into the bathtub.)

3. Cut & Sew

When altering your baggy sweatpants, if you are not skilled in the craft, be aware that you may end up with no pants to wear at all. However, I applaud you for taking the chance to learn a new skill, plus it will also save you a lot of money in the long run!

4. Tailoring

When taking your sweatpants to a tailor, you will have the best chance of coming out with the exact fit you are seeking. To help shorten this process, you can measure your inseam before heading to the tailor if it’s your first time using them.

How Can I Make My Sweatpants Tighter?

There are a few ways to make your sweatpants tighter. It would be best if you kept in mind that the length of your leg could shorten during the tightening process, so make sure you can afford to lose an inch or two. 

The two ways you can make your pants tighter is to:

  • Wear them while fully submerged in your bathtub filled with warm water
  • Take them to a tailor to get the excess fabric removed

How Do You Tailor Baggy Sweatpants?

To tailor baggy sweatpants, you need to head to your tailor and show them exactly how tight you want the new fit. Once you have done that, the tailor will let you know if possible because the cuffs or fabric may hinder the tailoring process. 

How To Repair A Hole In Sweatpants

Finding a hole in your sweatpants is not an uncommon issue. The fabric used in sweatpants is not the most durable (usually a high percentage of cotton) and wears quickly. To repair a hole in your sweatpants at home, you have 3 options to choose from.

To make sure you know exactly what fabric your sweatpants are made from, read the label  inside them and our article What are Sweatpants Made Out of.

1. Using a needle & thread

  1. Get a thread roll and a needle
  2. Use the right needle for the fabric
  3. Cut plenty of thread to use
  4. Thread the needle
  5. Knot the thread
  6. And sew (no sewing machine needed)

2. Sewing a split seam

  1. Find the split seam: where two pieces of fabric lost or broke their stitching creating a hole
  2. Turn the garment inside out
  3. Sew along the seam line

3. Reinforcing the hole

  1. Measure the hole
  2. Evaluate the missing fabric
  3. Use a reinforcing patch
  4. Strengthen the torn ends
  5. Circle back to the first stitch

3 Alterations You Can Do At Home

Taking your clothes to a tailor will always be the safest bet on getting the desired fit you want. However, there are some alterations you can do at home with a bit of practice or help from your mom.

  1. You can tailor butt of your sweatpants
  2. You can tailor your sweatpants waist
  3. You can tailor your sweatpants length

Not only will you want your sweatpants to fit properly but every other piece of clothing you have. Here are our guides for the rest of your closet.


Yes a tailor can alter sweatpants. Your tailor can undo the seam and take in your sweatpants, while also doing the same to your cuff or waistband.

You can resize sweatpants only if you want to go down in size. You can’t go up in size and add extra fabric to your sweatpants.

Yes you can shorten sweatpants. You can either undo the cuff of your leg and take off fabric and restitching the cuff back in place, or take the cuff off completely and make a new cuff to your sweatpants.