One of the most difficult things about updating your wardrobe is finding a decent pair of skinny jeans that are within your price bracket. If you find yourself shopping for skinnies but disliking every pair that you try on, you should consider reusing some jeans you no longer wear and creating your own slim fitting trousers.
While you need a little bit of expertise with a needle and sewing machine to complete this upcycle, it’s not the most complicated job in the world to achieve and should take you around an hour the first time you do it, while you follow these instructions. Soon, though, you will be able to fly through the process and slim fit any pair of jeans in about half an hour.
Creating Your Own Skinny Jeans: The Process
To begin with, put on the pair of jeans you are about to transform in order to give them a little stretch and straighten. Then, turn them inside out and put them back on – this is your blank canvas.
Now you want to find the thickest seam you can see on the leg, because this is the seam you want to avoid altering at all costs. Instead, look for the thinner seam and, starting just above the knee, pin your jeans as tightly as you can along until you reach the ankle, making sure that the thick seam you avoided earlier is laid straight at all times.
Take your pinned jeans off (carefully, making sure not to dislodge any of the pins), and place them on a hard surface, since you now need to do a little bit of drawing. In order to make a nice line you will need to use a ruler and marker pen to mark the outside of the line you have just pinned. This means that you need to make a line on the right hand side of the pins on the right leg and to the left of the pins you inserted into the left leg. This will ultimately mark where you are going to cut your jeans.
Now that you have it all marked up, follow the line and stitch your jeans tighter making sure the fabric is flat at all times. Once you have done this, try the jeans on and make sure that they match the fit you want. If not, simply adjust them until they do. If they are perfect then cut the extra fabric off around a quarter of an inch away from the line you have stitched and then sew them up, preferably with a zig zag stitch.