Saturday, January 7, 2012

Make Your Own Skinny Jeans {Tutorial}

It's happened. I've finally done it. I bought SKINNY Jeans!!! I'm a little behind on the trend, but I'm pretty sure I'm. In. Love. Especially when they're paired with my oh so comfy boots.

I was cleaning out my closet and found this poor, shapeless pair of jeans. They still fit, but have a very wide bootleg and aren't very flattering, even with my favorite pair of boots.

I usually donate my unwanted clothes...but with my new love of skinny jeans, and a perfectly functional piece of denim, I decided to do a little refashioning.

I wanted to show you how to save yourself $30, $40, $50+ dollars and refashion an unloved pair of jeans in your closet too!

And might I takes under 30 minutes!

Let's get started...

1 pair of unloved bootcut or straight leg jeans
1 pair of skinny jeans you already own (or a tape measurer)
Sewing things

You can see all of the extra fabric of the bootcut jeans compared to the skinny jeans on top. All of the bulk has to go.

Turn your jeans inside out and flatten to make the side seams even.

Place your skinny jeans on top of your inside out jeans. Make sure you line up the seat and the outer seams. You'll want to sew the inseam where your jeans aren't topstitched.

(If you don't have a pair of skinny jeans already, this is where you get out your measuring tape. You can measure around your leg and different points to gauge how wide the legs need to be for a comfortable fit and sew accordingly.)

Pin your jeans along the inseam, next to your skinny jean template. Sew along your line of pins, removing them as you go to achieve your new leg shape.

Try on your jeans to make sure they are fitting correctly and are as skinny as you would like (I ended up making mine a little tighter), then use scissors or a rotary cutter to remove the extra fabric from the legs.

Use a serger or a wide zig-zag stitch to keep your raw edges from fraying.

Slip them on and enjoy your new skinny jeans!!

 Now I can look down and see my favorite flats.

Or tuck them neatly into my favorite boots with NO bunching!

Super stylish...and super comfortable.

I love a good, quick refashion. Enjoy!

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  1. I'm pinning this... Such a great idea and I can't wait to try it!

  2. Good job getting on the skinny jean trend! (ps - you should try jeggings - the nice ones that look like jeans and have back pockets and a actual jean look waistband - the black ones at american eagle are as comfy as yoga pants - but look like jeans!)

  3. I need to become brave enough to do this to a couple of pair of jeans.

  4. i have so many pairs of jeans that i no longer use because they are old school, lol! this is a great solution for them! nicely done!


  5. HaHa Morgan! I'm just a little late as always. Matt has even started to come around to liking them...just a little bit.

  6. I love love love skinny jeans - thanks for this tutorial!

  7. So clever, and you make it so simple. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I love this. I've been a seamstress for over 40 years making my clothes as a teen and never thought to do this. Sounds like a great weekend project for me. Thanks.

  9. I love this. I've been a seamstress for over 40 years making my clothes as a teen and never thought to do this. Sounds like a great weekend project for me. Thanks.

  10. I pinned this so that I can remember to do it! I have the perfect pair of jeans that have been sitting at the bottom of my drawer for the last four months. I'm so glad I haven't gotten rid of them, yet. Thanks for sharing!

  11. This is a great tutorial!! TFS!! This will save people so much money!! I am stopping by from Canoe Ridge Creations linky party and your newest follower here, FB and on Pinterest.

    Here is what I shared this week:

  12. Very clever. You did a good job giving instructions. I'm off to my closet!

    I found you at Handy Man Crafty Woman.

  13. Great tutorial and great work on the jeans!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  14. I made a tutorial on this last year when I was in search of a pair of skinny jeans of my own. I am wearing them right now and just made a pair for my daughter too. Such a great way to re use those boot cut jeans and give them a new life.


  15. Well done. I think I have a few of these in the back of my closet ready for a makeover. Thanks for the tutorial!
    Meredith From A Mother Seeking Come find me on my blog, A Mother Seeking...

  16. Cool! I had been thinking about doing the same thing to my bell-bottoms but I was not sure.. Thanks for the tutorial girl.. :)

  17. Wow, great idea! My sister just gave me three pairs of jeans that fit me, but aren't that cute. I think I'll try this on one f them.

  18. Awesome sauce! I have several pairs of jeans I can squeeze some more life out of with this :-)

  19. Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I featured your DIY Skinny Jeans on this week’s Wicked Awesome Wednesday link party. Thanks for sharing!

  20. I've been doing this for years, as jeans which fit me in the waist and hips are always way too wide in the legs (I am short, so wide legs make me look even shorter and heavier).

  21. Great tutorial - just re-fashioned a pair in 10 mins

  22. Great tutorial! Thanks!
    Greatings from Europe!

  23. Great tips! I was actually planning on doing this with some cropped pants I bought last week for spring. I'm so excited!

  24. This is a GREAT idea! I love the look of skinny jeans, but can never find a pair that fits correctly at the top. I usually have to buy a size up to get a comfortable fit on the leg, but then the waist band is humungous.

    Using this idea, I'll have custom-made jeans for my body, because I will be adjusting a pair that already fits right at the top. Love it!

  25. I just got my first pair of skinny jeans from a friend last week and immediately wanted to alter pair of bootleg jeans I had. Your tutorial was fantastic! The jeans I just finished look better than the pair I worked off of. Thanks so much! i am new to your blog but am now a follower.

  26. Thanks for this i have 5 pairs now and did cost me a penny, shops are expensive so this is great for me.


  27. Wonderful! This was so easy. I didn't have a pair of skinny jeans to measure against, but I simply put my jeans on inside out and pinned them, took off carefully, sewed, tries on, adjusted, etc. VASTLY less painful than going to the mall, trying on several pairs, and then paying $50+ for them.

  28. Cheap jeans for woman's you give very informative information about jeans .keep it up.Thanks
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  29. I need to become brave enough to do this to a couple of pair of jeans.
    straight jeans


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