Tutorial: RDQLUS "Dashers" in the making.
In style and fashion corners, joggers have been a growing trend the past three years—very big in youth culture and more teen street-wear circles. But as a professional and a person with stylistic taste that bend and straddle the fence between youthful and more mature styles, I desired that slim, tapered silhouette but didn't want to sacrifice the materials and look of khakis, slacks and high-end denim. I also have a sneaker collection that I love to show off and not have covered by a bunch of material. So instead of joggers, I came up with the term "dashers"—it just sounded classier and meant more for men than boys. about three months before a Wall Street Journal fashion report I had been dabbling with how to make my own custom tailored styles from existing pants—even going as far as wearing a pair to 2014 Omaha Spring Fashion Week in September of this year. So, here's a quick RDQLUS "Pro'Sesh" on how I did it,
1. Legs & Elastic: Choose your slacks or pants carefully. Not all materials react the same so the way you cut the taper and sew them will be crucial. My daily style is heavy on selvedge denim and worn-in khakis, both from GAP. I then selected a thick no-roll elastic to create the ankle scrunch. Taper your pant legs according to your personal style and preference.
2. Compartment Hems: To hold the elastic, I didn't sew the elastic to the pants, that stiffens it and takes away the good scrunch at the bottom. Make the hems slightly larger than the width of the elastic. Sew the hems, leaving a gap in which the thread the elastic. Once done, sew the elastic shut.
3. Rock most freshly, as to be called "So RDQLUS!"