August 22, 2009

Little Skinny Jeans Tutorial!

I've seen a couple of tutorials for making skinny jeans from flare jeans, So I decided to try it out on my daughter's jeans that are getting a little short on her. This way she can tuck them in her boots this fall!



1) Start with a pair of regular flare or boot cut jeans in your child's size.



2) Have her try them on inside-out, and pin the sides to see where you want to sew them. 
**Something I figured out-If the jeans have a faded wash, then you'll want to pin them on both sides of each leg, that way you won't have the darker side of the leg going down in a funny diagonal line. If your jeans have no fading to them, then pin the inner side of the leg, so that you'll still have the professional looking seam on the outside.
3) Draw a line along the leg where you've pinned it with a pen or marker.



4) Sew all the way down, about 1/2 inch outside your line (toward the outside of each leg) to allow for seams. If in doubt, go wider rather than more narrow, because you can always sew it again and make the leg smaller.
5) Try the pants on your little one, right-side in. If they fit, then turn the pants inside-out again, and cut the excess off, about 1/4" from your seam. 
6) You may also want to sew down your seams again with a zig-zag stitch (but only after you're sure they fit right!) to keep the edges from fraying.



7) Turn them right-side in again, and you're finished! 






20 comments:

  1. A munchkin in skinny jeans has to be the cutest thing ever!

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  2. SHe looks like a celebrity, and you are quite the superstar idea queen. Thanks for the idea. I may try it out!

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  3. Awesome tutorial!! My mother used to do this for me back in the 80s, so I don't know why it didn't occur to me to do this with my daughter's jeans.

    I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-bootcut-to-skinny-jeans/2009/08/23/

    --Anne

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  4. hello. i saw your link through threadbanger and decided to look at your blog. you're so creative! i love it!!! and it's reall cool how you love jesus... cuz i love him too! :) anyhow, i hope you have a happy day and more creativity to come your way!

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  5. love your blog. found it through so happy together. I'm the seasoned crafter with a short attention span:)

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  6. I have a great tip if you're like me and HATE to pin...in step two, instead of pinning--use a stapler! No need to worry about removing them later because you trim the excess off and the staples go with it. Awesome way to quickly fit alteration projects on squirmy toddlers (don't staple em!)

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  7. That's brilliant!! Thanks for the tip!

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  8. I've never seen little girl skinny jeans. These are so cute. May have to try it out for my fella. :)

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  9. So cute! I'm following your blog now!!!

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  10. GET OUT! I CANT WAIT TILL MY DAUGHTER WALKS! (THey'll look better when she's walking...but ya know what? I think I'll be making them for her anyway...they're so stinken cute!
    THanks for hanging out at my blog! Stick around!

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  11. your daughter looks sensational in these pics! so fashionable and cute. can't wait til my daughter can stand up on her own to try these. bit of a wait as she is only 2 months now...

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  12. I stumbled onto your blog today. This is sooo cute. I can't wait to try it on my little one. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. I may try to do this for my niece she is always so jealous of the older girls (like me) who have skinny jeans. I need some practice with my sewing machine though. I am a newbie to sewing.

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  14. This is GENIUS! Especially for those of us who have little ones with chunkster legs. I bought Samster a pair from Baby Gap and her calves are too fat for them! Now I can make her a pair that actually fit, thanks!

    BTW, your blog is on fire lately, kudos!

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  15. I'm doing this one today!

    Wish me luck!

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  16. this was such a good tutorial. All these days i was keeping all my jeans and buying skinny. But last night i tried out this! and guess wat my husband was asking me when did i buy a new jeans again.. lol.. i told all about u Disney. I love ur blog. thank u so much!!!

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  17. so, so, so, so cute! :) i love All your work! :)

    does this tutorial work for grown-up jeans aswell?

    xxxx

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  18. To the anonymous person above me (and Disney),

    I loved this idea, but I don't have ant children yet...I just tried these on an old pair of my own jeans, and it definitely works! There was a little awkward flap where my seam didn't meet the jean seam exactly, but it was easy enough to sew down. Thanks so much, Disney! Now I don't have to shell out $35+ for a decent pair of skinny jeans - I can just transform my old, loved jeans! You're amazing!

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