Thursday, March 14, 2013

Bootcut to Skinny Jeans

Don't you love a good project that saves you a couple dollars here and there? Or one that you've never tried before, but once you check it off your to-do list you can't wait to do another project like it?
If you are nodding your head yes to any of these, I've got a project for you. 
Outfit details coming next week Wednesday!
Taking those bootcut jeans and turning them into skinny jeans!
It may sound tricky, but I assure you-- it is pretty easy. Took me about 20 minutes! Can't beat that. 

I don't know about you, but I've got a closet full of jeans that have an awkward length on me. With spring coming up I had the idea in the back of my mind to sew them into skinnies, roll up the bottoms and call them kapris. 
But, why not use them for skinnies until the frisky days of winter are over, then convert them to kapris? Bingo!
I went searching on Pinterest to make sure I got I would do this right. This tutorial is wonderful! So easy to follow. I mixed things up just a weency bit
Anyways, let's get started.

What You Need
Jeans (mine I used were too short, but worked for skinny jeans)
Sewing machine
Optional: heavy duty sewing machine needle (I used a regular strength one and it worked fine, but if you want to be safe, go for the heavy duty needle)

 Here is my awkward length pair of jeans. High water bottoms.

Turn your jeans on inside out. Make sure to button/zip them so they fit how they would when you wear them. 

Pull the jeans into 'skinny jean form'. Start pinning from the top (where the flair starts) and head down. I started just below my knee because that is where the flair starts. 
I pinned on the outside seam, just because I thought it would be easier to sew. When you are finished you can't tell the difference from the seam where you started to where you ended. 

Take the jeans off. To give you more of a guidance when you sew, take chalk and make a line that runs by the pins.

Get your sewing machine out. Keep the pins in when you sew. It helps so much. Start from the bottom and sew up. Take the pins out as you go.

Once you get both legs sewed up try them on. They most likely won't be perfect the first time, but fixing them is so easy, and worth it. If they don't look 100% perfect at first, turn the inside out, put them and find the spot you need to fix (if they are too tight in a spot-- take the seam out in the spot where it is too tight. If they are too lose you can keep the seam in and just sew closer). Pin that spot like you did before and repeat the chalk/sewing process.

Once you know you got the jeans how you want them to, cut about 1/2-3/4 inch away from the seam.

Put your machine on small-medium zig-zag stich and zig-zag along the raw edge to keep them from fraying.

And here's a split screen to see the transformation between the two.
I have to say, I was a little nervous about the whole 'skinny jean' deal, cause well this is my first pair. Now I love wearing them with a lose fitted top, and can't wait to use them for kapris! I've got a few more pairs of awkward length paints to do this with.
 So the moral of this, don't be afraid to make them! YOU CAN DO IT!!! 
(excuse the 4th grade flashback with capital letters and the excessive use of explanation points)

Have you found a project that you just can't get enough of and can't wait to do another?


Jessica H said...

Genius- what a great idea!

Lauren said...

Very cute idea! Refashioning clothes is such a great way to go :) Thanks so much for linking up at Off the Hook!

Melissa K. said...

I just weeded out my awkward jeans! I'll have to see what I can do about them now. Thanks! :) said...

What a fantastic way to change boot cut jeans. Then I can wear them with my high boots...yay


Carrie from Carrie This Home said...

I love this tutorial! Could you link this to my blog hop? I think our readers would really like this. Thanks!!

Michelle said...

You did a great job!

Thanks for sharing!

I'm hosting a giveaway at my blog. Loads of my favorite cosmetics, so check it out and enter.

Have a great week!

Kimberly Glinski said...

What a great idea! I am definitely doing this. Pinned it! Thanks.

Melissa K. said...

I'll be giving this a try with my jeans that are an awkward length! Thanks for the tips.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this. I have a couple of awkward length jeans that I've been on the verge of ditching. Now I can use them.

DJ Dansby said...

Awesome idea! I am going to try this on a pair of capris I bought recently. I love the color but not the fit. They were so inexpensive that I couldn't leave them. I knew there was a tutorial out there. Thanks for sharing.

DJ @ He He He + She

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