I hate skinny jeans. I refuse to buy them. I bought a ticket for the boot-cut bandwagon on it’s maiden voyage and I’m never getting off.
But I love boots. I love stomping around in them, I love the sense of empowerment they endow, and I love the contrast when you wear them with soft floral dresses and skirts.
But sometimes it gets cold and we have to wear our boots with jeans. And, unfortunately, those jeans need to be skinny. So, today I decided to turn some of my “extra” boot-cuts into FREE skinny jeans.
If you want free skinny jeans too, just take some old jeans that fit well around the waist, put them on inside-out, and pin up the outside leg where you want the new seam to go. Then sew them up with a bigger needle (I used 90/14) and you’re done!
The leg on the right is the original. Looking at this picture, it doesn’t actually look that bad, but trust me, it was so bunchy and after 3 minutes of wear, it would start coming out of the top of the boot. Not pretty.
The leg on the left is the “after”. Much better.
Bonus: instant 5-lb weight loss!
I also altered this shirt:
I just took in the side seams from waist to wrist, much like this technique, and added a few rows of shirring in the back. I’ve never altered a shirt before, I usually just throw them in the refashion pile. But I think this one turned out great and I’m glad I salvaged it.
Here’s the “after” of the whole outfit:
Do you have clothes that frustrate you because they don’t fit quite right? I encourage you to give alterations a shot. Worst case, you ruin something you couldn’t wear anyway, but more likely, you’ll end up with a new addition to your wardrobe! Always a plus.