Good Sunday morning! We hope everyone is having a superb weekend so far. We're sure everyone is gearing up for the Oscars tonight. Unfortunately, we haven't seen too many movies this year, and since none of the ones up for Best Picture are out on DVD yet, we haven't seen any of them. (OK, we're cheap and would rather spend our money on clothes and crafting supplies than on movies) A few of them are on the to-be-seen list, though. But we have been to the theater where they are held- does that count?! And let's be honest, seeing the dresses the actresses wear is the best part!
Anyway, talking about being frugal and looking your best, today's (somewhat long, picture-heavy) tutorial is on how to make old jeans fit better. At $30-$40 a pair, we don't like to buy new pants too often (So we wait until they're on sale at Old Navy). We wear them until they are no longer wearable, sometimes even longer. However, last week we plunged into the 'skinnier jean' fad (because they were on sale!) We liked how they fit, and didn't drag so much on the ground. We thought that since we had a few pairs of older, much worn jeans, we would DIY them into skinny jeans. These new pants may be more of the 'boyfriend' style, since they are a bit looser on top. These are the much-loved jeans we worked with, along with
Step One: Making Your Mark
Either way, take the extra denim from only one side of the leg, so you only have to make one seam, instead of both.
Step Two: Check Fit
Step Three: The First Stitch
Keeping the pins in place, I drew a line along the pants, where I wanted my seam to be. Now, onto the sewing. I sewed a normal, single stitch along the line:
Step Four: The Seam Stitch
With everything fitting, the next step is to do the seam. Since you probably don't want your pants splitting down the side when you wear them, this is a pretty important step. Now, I'm not one to make a lot of clothing (I still have a dress to finish...from two years ago...) so there might be a better, more 'proper' way to do this step. If so, please let me know! Anyway, I used a zigzag stitch, #3 on my sewing machine.
This step is kind of self-explanatory, I think. Using the same length as the model pair, I made my 1/2" seam. I used the horizontal line that I had drawn before, and used that for my hem length.
The next step is to trim all of the extra denim.
Step Seven: Modelling!
This is the best, and easiest, step of all! Take some time to model your new pants!
This was a nice break from our other projects. Now it's time to continue on with those superheroes... I know there are a whole bunch of these tutorials out there, on sites like Pinterest, so thanks for stopping by and reading our version!