Friday, October 28, 2011

Skinny Jeans Alteration {Sewing Tutorial}

So, apparently, skinny jeans are a wardrobe must these days. I see them everywhere! And while I'm not convinced that they are appropriate for my pear-shaped body, I'm willing to give it a shot. Besides, I really like the look of Amber's fake boot socks, but regular jeans stuffed inside high boots just isn't gonna cut it. 

I am currently out of funds for purchasing my very own skinny jeans, so I thought, "Hey! I might be able to alter jeans I've already got!" Did some research and took the plunge! First, I grabbed a pair of jeans that aren't my very favorite - the cut is fine, but they are just a bit too short, they are too light of a wash to be really flattering, and they aren't going to fit much longer (YAY for getting in shape!) I took pictures along the way so you can follow along and make your own if you want! 

And this really only takes beginner sewing skills and maybe 15-20 minutes to sew up (especially if you aren't caring for 4 kids 5 and under and taking pictures for the world to see).

First thing you wanna do is take a look at your seams. See here how the one on the left has an extra row of stitching right next to the seam, but the one on the right just has the one line? On some jeans it's more obvious than on this pair (and these fooled me the first time, and I ended up having to rip out some stitches, so pay attention!).

Now, turn your jeans wrong side out and put them on. Nice, right? :-p

This next step would certainly be easier with an extra set of hands, but you can definitely do it yourself. Pull the side of the jean with the single seam (the outside seam for this pair) out away from your leg so that the other seam hugs your leg. With straight pins (or safety pins if the idea of being stuck when you take them off scares you), pin very close to your leg to get the skinny jean look. Make sure the bottom isn't so tight that you can't get it them off your feet! ;-)

Take your jeans off, and using chalk, start making a line where the pins are - this will be where your new seam will go.

Remove the pins, smooth up your line, and replace pins perpendicular to your line so that they are easier to remove when sewing. Be sure that the bottom of the hem lines up nicely so that it is even and looks unaltered.

Time to sew! Start at the bottom and be sure to back-stitch on the thick hem.

When you get close to the top, make sure your move to the existing seam is a gradual one and make your final stitches in the same line as the existing seam (so that you don't end up with a pointy hip). Be sure to back-stitch here, too.

And the finished product! Yay!! 
(Please excuse that HORRID shirt! It's pretty comfy, but not at all flattering!)

With my Toms.

With some boots.

So, yeah, I'm pleased with how they turned out! I'm out zero dollars, and I've got another piece in my wardrobe to build upon! Also, I left the extra fabric and chose not to cut it out for now. That way, if I change my mind or whatever, it's not a permanent alteration and I can just rip out the stitches. If you do want to cut out that fabric (after you try them on and decide they are perfect), just be sure to zigzag the cut edges to minimize raveling.

Hope this is helpful! If you make your own, let me know! I'd love to see!

I'm linking up here!

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  1. You make it look so easy! Is it really that easy! Looks awesome!

  2. That was supposed to be "Is it really that easy??" :)

  3. Great tutorial! I haven't joined the skinny jean trend due to my postpartum body, but I may have to try your tutorial. Thanks so much for linking up!!! :)

  4. Did this! You can see the result here:
    (By the way, there's a link to this post there.)

    Thanks for posting the tutorial, it helped out a lot!