I got this amazing pair of jeans of super comfortable Silver jeans at a Vanity store closing sale. Because the jeans had such a huge discount, I was able to overlook the fact that these super-stretch jeans were also super-flared. That’s fixable, right?
Cut to three weeks later, and these jeans are still super-flared and I’d had enough. They kept getting caught on the toe of my shoes… Seriously, super flared.
Planning the New Seam
Now, there are two seams to a leg. The inner one has all that fancy stitching, but the stitching on the outer seam is on the inside. I didn’t feel like going crazy trying to get my stitches to match Silver & Co’s stitches, so I knew I needed to make all my changes to the outer seam on the inside of the pant leg.
To get the shin hole down the the appropriate size, I grabbed a pair of jeans with an appropriately sized leg hole. I turned both pairs of jeans inside-out and lined up their legs. I laid the super flare jeans on the bottom and the other pair on top. With the two pairs of jeans laid out like this, it was able to see how much extra fabric there goes into making a super-flare. That’s the fabric I’m getting rid of.
Pin and Adjust
I pinned the flared leg alongside the thinner pant leg. Then I hemmed and hawed and wondered how I’d get these jeans flipped right side out and tried on without stabbing myself with about twenty pins.
The answer: safety pins. So I took out all the straight pins and replaced them with safety pins. I tried the jeans on to see if I liked the fit. As it turns out, bringing the legs in that much made my most comfortable pair of jeans a bit too restrictive, so I took them back off, flipped them inside out and gave my knees a little more room.
I went through this sequence more times than I should probably own up to (my name is Samantha and I’m a perfectionist). Once I figured out how I wanted the jeans to look and feel, I replaced the safety pins with the straight pins and was ready to bust out the sewing machine.
Sew it Up
Before I started sewing, I ripped the hem at the bottom of the leg back a few inches on either side of the seam and unrolled the hem. Then I stitched along the line of pins, flipped the jeans right side out and tried them on.
Success! I went back in and stitched along the first line again, just to reinforce the seam. Then I did a zig-zag stitch about a quarter inch from the straight stitches and cut off the excess fabric.
These jeans feel so much better. No more tripping over extra fabric! You could use this same process to change a pair of jeans into a skinny or straight leg cut as well.