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Topic: Flared jeans into skinny jeans with tute! EDIT: PLENTY OF PICS ALONG WITH STEPS!  (Read 4887 times)
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« on: October 07, 2006 06:11:11 PM »

Please feel free to discuss this project here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=129855.0 - jungrrl

Now the trend these days are the skinny jeans. Now, the fit on these depends alot on how you want them to fit, but we will get to that later.
There's probably a quicker and better way, but I find this works just as well.

1. First off, take an old pair of flared jeans....ugh much? Next, turn them inside out.
This might sound weird, but it is VERY effective. Put them on!
Mark with a pen (or something) at where you want to start to thin out the legs.Make sure you are thinning out the legs where there is NO topstitching, or else your pants will NOT turn out!
(This will work best if you have jeans that actually FIT you in the first place  Cheesy)


Now, take some pins and pin the flare away from the inside of the leg (or wherever there isn't any top stitching.) so that if you fold it back, it looks like the skinny leg you want.


Next, carefully take off your jeans and lay them on a flat surface.
Take a ruler or a plastic quilting grid and mark a line down from the spot where you first marked, and down the trail of pins.
It should look like it is a diagonal line, going skinnier near the foot.
Reposition the pins so that they are nearer to the line you drew.

4.DO NOT CUT ANYTHING! If you need to pick out any stitches, you will be screwed.
Now starting from the original seam, sew down the side of the leg easing into your diagonal line.

Before you do your next leg, try them on to see how they fit.
The seam should look like this:

5. If they fit properly, cut off the excess flare and do the next leg.

6. Now at this point most of you will be like, "Kay, wtf, they have this stupid lump at the knee, like this:

DO NOT PANIC.Luckily you have a lovely girl who has experienced the same thing, and is here to help you out.

7. You have two options: Try on your jeans regularly and pin the lumpy side, or try them on inside-out and pin the lumpy side. The last way is the craziest yet easiest.

8. Next off, mark (I just used a pin) where you want to take in the lump. Don't be afraid to sew multiple seams in one area! It's all trial and error, and the ones you don't want will come out in the end.


If you didn't, just repeat steps 7 and 8. Don't worry! You will get it! I myself had a little trouble! Wink

10. Now that you have fixed it, cut off the flare around 5/8" from the seam(s).

11. Just look at the difference!

All you have to do is repeat for the other legs and voila!

You get the point. Sweet jeans.
« Last Edit: August 07, 2012 11:28:19 AM by jungrrl » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2006 08:36:10 PM »

Sweet.. I gotta try this..when I get the time..
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2006 09:03:42 PM »

ohhhh i made skinny jeans too. did yo uget that werid fold thing? I stopped it at the knee so now the knee part is always werid looking but i still love it.

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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2006 09:10:32 PM »

Nice! I may try that, but I still love flares  Cheesy

PS Does your left sock say "Lucky Sock" on it?

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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2006 10:05:42 PM »

This is a perfect set of instructions for jeans that don't have the flat felled seam. That's that double heavy duty seam that some jeans have... Your jeans will look great if you use these instructions for jeans with the simple straight seams. I just did a pair that was way too belled... They were still a pain to make look good cause even though the seam was a straight seam it had that extra row of top stitching. If you don't take that out the seam won't lay flat...

Yours look good... I'm thinking about making some skinny ones here pretty soon...

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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2006 10:18:06 PM »

Very nice Job!! Very cute. and I love your shirt and mismatched socks <3

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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2006 10:37:03 PM »

Today I found the first pair of skinny jeans EVER that looked good on me (so i bought a few pairs).. I may have to tear them apart and make patterns out of them when they start to wear out..
I love your idea though! Too bad I had no jeans before these, otherwise i'd try these out.

« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2006 04:28:46 AM »

you are a smart smart crafter.
i read about doing this somewhere.
i never really wanted 2 pairs of skinnys.
my skinnys are hella comfy.
yeah. you did good.

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« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2006 05:10:10 AM »

Wow, i'd been thinking about doing this for ages, thanks! I hadnt worked out the inside out bit though.... makes sense!

« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2006 05:44:03 AM »

Nice! I may try that, but I still love flares  Cheesy

PS Does your left sock say "Lucky Sock" on it?
Hahaha I wish. It actually has little skulls and crossbones...but I like them too. Cheesy
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