I must admit that I'm a little hooked on Pinterest. But I take comfort in the fact that I am now able to do many things that I never would have even tried before. There are so many tutorials - it's hard to resist finding more and more.
So I ran across a blog called Refashion Forward. I haven't yet looked at the rest of her blog because I was stuck on how she converted some boot cut jeans into skinny jeans. I have a LOT of boot cut jeans!!! In fact, that's all I've worn since college. I love boot cuts - especially when I wear my cowboy boots, but sometimes I just want some skinnies to tuck into my other boots. I have one pair of skinny jeans that fit pretty well, so I figured I might try Refashion Forward's trick to convert some old jeans to something new.
I am all about hand-me-downs. A friend of mine recently gave me a ton of pants. In the pile was a pair of cords. They're soft and not too thick, but had a HUGE boot cut. I knew I wouldn't wear them with the big opening, so they were the guinea pigs.
Of course I forgot to take a picture BEFORE I started sewing, so I thought I'd lay them out before I did any cutting. See how large the cut is? I took my pair of skinny jeans and laid them on top of the inside out cords. With a fabric pen I outlined the jeans. Then I just sewed right down ink line. It was quite simple.
Now I did a 2nd line of stitches right beside the original to give it a little more reinforcement. Once that was done then I cut the excess fabric.
Now since the pictures don't really give the best visual of the difference, I took 2 different pictures of the size of the hems.
This is the original leg. Notice it's 10 inches.
And here is the new leg at only 6.5 inches.
I will need to take off some length or roll the bottoms up each time I wear them, but it's not a bad job. I'm excited to wear these "new" pants of mine!
(Photo is courtesy of Travis!)