Thursday, April 25, 2013

Easy DIY Skinny Jeans

I bucked the skinny jeans trend when it first started. I was married to my bootcut jeans and thought skinny jeans only looked good on the extremely skinny which excluded me. 
But ya know what, if a fashion trend is around long enough, it starts to grow on you.
And so did the skinny jeans. And look at me now, I'm cutting up my bootcut jeans and
turning them into skinnies. Guess it wasn't a real committed marriage.

I posted this instagram of my bootcut jeans turned skinnies and got a few requests for
a simple how-to and I am happy to oblige!

So, here we go.

 Step One:
Find a pair of skinnies that you like the way they fit
and line them up on top of the pants you wish to alter.

Step Two:
Trace the shape of the skinnies onto the pants you wish to alter.
This will be the line you will sew along.
Be sure to make a gradual line to the knee. It will pucker weird at the knee if you don't.
I have seam ripped enough times to know. Trust.

 Tip: If you are altering jeans, be sure to trace along the side that has the simple seam vs. the side that has the professional seam with piping.

Do this side

Don't do this side  
The seams won't line up right if you do your altering along the professional seam side.

Step Three:
Sew along the line you traced.

Step Four:
Cut off your excess fabric. Cut fairly close to your seam so you don't have
any bulk in your skinnies.

Step Five:
Admire your work and high-five someone because you just
saved yourself some money by making your own skinny jeans!

 Step Six: 
Rock your new skinnies!

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