Hi there everyone. Hope you had a fun and safe Halloween! Thank you for all your well-wishes for a safe trip to America. The girls did great and I am in full possession of my sanity. Within our first 24 hours, we had eaten at 5 Guys, Dunkin Donuts, and went to a pumpkin patch. We’re living it up America-style!
Here’s a tutorial-ish for you. Nothing that involves too many brain cells on a day when everyone is coming down from a sugar high, I promise.
I love designer jeans. I love the way they’ve been engineered to fit perfectly. I don’t love the price.
So, I got this pair of $35 jeans that had some cute accents and stitching. Unfortunately, they fit more like stovepipe jeans than bootcut. See the bagginess in the knees? Not that big of a deal, really, but they can be better.
All I did was put them on inside-out, then I pinched them together at the baggy parts and drew a line where the new seam should be. Then I simply stitched over the line I drew, making sure to ease away from the original stitch line gradually.
(this is the part where you have to imagine a picture of the aforementioned directions, since my mom’s computer totally wigged out and ate that picture and the original is back home on my computer 4000 miles away)
I also hemmed them a bit like I did here (it’s a method that allows you to keep your original hem stitching). After stitching down the line that I drew, I ended up with this. See the difference between the untouched right leg and the slightly redesigned left leg?
It’s not a huge difference, but they are definitely a bit more tailored for my body. If you use this method to alter your jeans, it doesn’t take much to go from generic made-for-everyone off the rack to a tailored-to-your-body fit.
Here’s the finished result.
Now kick your feet up and enjoy that your sewing skills just saved you approximately $135.
If you’ve made it this far, here’s a little reward for you. The best sewing tip you’ll ever get: Sew your fabric, not your finger.
Yep, that sucker went in one side of my finger and out the other. My first reaction was actually surprise that this hasn’t happened sooner, given my extreme clumsiness and general spacial dysfunction.