See? Not too big to wear, but certainly not as flattering as I'd like.
I began by flipping them inside out and pinching about an inch of fabric along the inseam, just to the back of the existing seam. I'm going to sew as close to the existing seams as possible in order to make my new seams practically invisible.
This would be a very quick refashion too, assuming your sewing machine doesn't decide to do this.
So once I got my tension adjusted, here's my new seam from the inside...
...and from the outside.
Someone would really have to invade my personal bubble to notice that! And I didn't even have to touch the waistband, because who has time to mess with that? By taking in the legs and crotch, the jeans ride a little lower on my hips now, meaning the slightly too-big waist now fits just fine at a wider part of my hips (though I still like to wear a belt for safety's sake).
I did this pair a week ago (while my husband was gone for the day, hence the awesome mirror pics). They were such a success, I decided to take in three more pair this past weekend.