Learn how to hem it up and head on out with your cute little self to enjoy some warmer weather!
Just like we talked about in our fall fashion video, it is time to shop your closet again while sorting through your turnover of clothes with the new change of seasons. You may not be an amazing seamstress, or you may not even own a machine at all. (BUT you’ve GOT to have a friend that does, right?) With a few simple straight seems, you could turn an ill-fitting oversized shirt or an outdated pair of wide leg pants into a neatly tailored top and skinny jean ensemble. I haven’t done any major sewing on clothes since 2003, and I turned these puppies out in 30 minutes with kids gone wild in my house. So there is hope for you too! Let me show you how.
Once you’ve sorted through your clothes and found a pair of pants that you just cannot part with (because of cute details like some sweet tab pockets and a nice wide waistband with wide belt loops)
You are going to need to find the simple seam on the pant leg because that is where we will be tailoring from. It is the one that looks, well, simpler out of the two. And it is usually the outside seam.
Now your pants are inside out, and you have two options for tailoring your jeans, both of which are pretty straightforward and simple.
Option number 1: Still inside out, lay your jeans on the ground. Then snag your favorite fitting pair of skinny jeans (that don’t have to be inside out) and lay them right on top. DO NOT pull the back of your waistband even with the front. Your jeans don’t ride evenly on you like that, so why would you try to tailor them that way? BUT DOOOOO make sure that the back of both waistbands of pants are aligned.
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If you are brave, you can go ahead and cut your fabric ¼” outside of your line for seam allowance. Sew it up. And call it done.
If you are a perfectionist, sew your straight seam without cutting any fabric. Turn your jeans right side out, and see if you are pleased with the fit. If you’re not comfy, just re-sew the seam. Try them on again. And cut your excess fabric when you’re pleased with the final fit.
Option Number 2: Starting from having your pants inside out, put them on! Wherever your simple seam is located, you are going to simply grab the excess fabric and pin the leg to the width or tightness that you desire for your skinny leg jean.
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So you’ve pinned your pants and you now need to VERY CAREFULLY remove them. Then follow the same steps with sewing that were mentioned in Option Number 1. I actually combined Options 1 and 2. I started with Option 2 by pinning, but I went back to Option 1…
|check waistband, inseam, and ankle opening|
Once I had the first leg completed, I just folded my jeans in half, still inside out, and used the method of Option 1 by tracing the new leg then sewing instead of taking the time to (awkwardly) pin the second leg. Ha! I was good with pining one side, but the other one just threw me for a loop.
After you sew and “serge”, make sure you press your new seam out really well so that it lays nicely. And hopefully you’ll love your new skinnies as much as I do mine!
TGIF and much love from your luxe|wise lady friend,