The Dirty Deets on Skinnies by Guest

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Until I get my studio set up at our new place, I’ll be posting mostly thrifty finds, ideas & guest posts. If you’re interested in guest posting , please email submissions (photos 500px wide) to melissa at melissaesplin dot com.

MissE shares exactly how I skinnified my jeans back in August, but with actual process photos. Additional tutorials on how to skinnify your pants can be found here: Freshly Picked • I’m Topsy Turvy • Cotton & Curls

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Hey friends! I’m MissE from Made on Main, and I love finding opportunities to create and recreate. Melissa is a super refashionista, so I thought I’d take a shot at altering some of my jeans to take them from “bum” to “fun”. (I tend to use dorky phrases like that a lot.)

I have a story for you. My legs are short, my torso is normal, and jeans are always problematic. My favorite pair of jeans are skinnies from Hollister in 1 short, yet somehow they’re still too long for me by about 2 inches. I’m sure you all have so much pity for me. Anyway, I had some very faded out jeans I was super into, but their 2000-esque flair and crudely cut-off bottoms made me feel a little like a bum every time I wore them. I decided to take action and skinny them, and I couldn’t be more happy with the results! The steps were really quite simple.

1 | I turned the jeans to be altered inside-out, and laid them out, legs spread. I laid my existing skinny jeans on top, lining up the outside seams of the two jeans. Then, in a highly scientific fashion, I copied the outline of the inseam onto the jeans to be altered.

2 | Using a simple basting stitch, I followed the line I had drawn on my jeans. I tried them on (which is surprisingly difficult when they’re inside-out) and determined where I still wanted to bring the seam in a bit tighter. Once I was comfortable with the seam, I followed up with a zig-zap stitch for reinforcement. If I wanted to get more wear out of the jeans, I probably could have used a sturdier combination of stitches, but I think I’ll wear holes in the knees before the seams wear out. I cut off the excess and flipped those babies right-side-out.

5 | I folded the bottom hem over twice and stitched across the top of the fold for the cuffs.

4 | Then I modeled them, of course. I love my new skinny jeans, and they’re actually the right length for me!

I think my next project will be a skinny refashion AND dyeing them a rich purple, like the skirt I did here. It’s such a quick and easy way to get a “new” pair of jeans!

Thanks so much for having me over, Melissa!

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    1. Super cute! And I’m quite impressed since I haven’t touched a sewing machine since high school;)

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