Monday, April 9, 2012

Tips File: From straight to skinny

Remember when I got these? Well, it turns out that I probably got a pair that was slightly bigger than it should have been or maybe I just should have gone with a smaller size (even if that meant getting a really tight pair while trying them on). Either way, they stretched a lot, and when I mean a lot I mean a LOT as in no longer fitting nicely.

Because I love them so much I decided to "fix" the problem. I looked online for some guidance on making your jeans "skinnier" but they all talked about jeans with more than one seam, and these just have one, and some would suggest fixing them on the inside while others talked about the outer seam. So, in the midst of my confusion Skype and mom came to the rescue. You see, my mom is a pro when it comes to sewing, so clearly that was the way to go. A chat here and there and voilĂ , better fitting jeans! It was incredibly easy to do, so I thought I would share the steps in case you want to reinvent a pair of jeans ;)

Here they are:

On Skype to address the problem

Step 1: Turn your jeans inside out and put them on

Step 2: Pin along the outer seam just how you'd like them to be and carefully take them off
*Note: When I got to the sewing part I realized that the pins should have been placed in the opposite direction (head down) so I switched them while at it (look below). This makes it easier to take them out while sewing, do you follow me?

Step 3: Sew along the pined line, making sure you sew over the original seam a little bit
*PS: I was incredibly lucky to have thread in the exact same color, still can't believe it.

Step 4: Unpick the original seam starting just below where your new seam starts

Step 5: You have 2 options: if the adjustment is minor (a finger or two, like mine) you can just iron the seams and leave them like that. If the adjustment is bigger (like going from flared to skinny jeans) you should cut the excess seam fabric, iron and serge or zigzag the border

 VoilĂ ! I think they fit much more nicely, don't you agree?
PS: Pardon the blurry photos, you still can see the difference right?
Any questions just shoot! ;)


  1. I know this is an older post.. but I am wondering were you overlapped your seam? I would think that the hip area since that "fits" compared to the rest.

    1. I think I did just below the beginning of the pocket seam, at the hip ;)

  2. would this also work for the crotch area too?

    1. I think it will too, just choose the easiest seam to work with. That's why I did it on the outer seam because it seemed easier ;)

  3. What do you mean by "sew over the original seam a little bit" ??

  4. How far up did you? What do you do with the waist area?

  5. It fits your butt a ton better, just by taking in the legs? I have this issue with the butt of my jeans stretching all out of wack. That's why I ask (sorry lol)

  6. Is it possible to do this to the waist band of your jeans?
    Because all of my skinny jeans fit great on the legs but i must wear a belt to keep them up and it looks baggy and bunched and really bad(it also makes me look about 5-10 pounds bigger than i really am).
    So could i?

    1. I have to stitch up every pair of jeans I buy. I pinch up the material at the top of the jeans to see how much extra there is, then I stitch a dart down towards the pocket. Occasionally I stitch down farther, depending on the fit. (Buy jeans needles! Well worth the cost in preventing broken needles.)


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