Summer to me is my favourite time to break out the white denim but I soon realized that although I felt an urge to reach for my pair, I felt a stronger apprehension to avoid them. Why? My pair is from a few years ago when hip-huggers were “in,” along with straight legs and long(!) pants. My solution? Although, I really just wanted to go out and buy a new pair of ankle length, skinnies, I decided – hey, why not try a little DIY first? The result? It looks like I won’t be hitting up the mall anytime soon… I love how a few alterations brought new life into this old pair of jeans.
Photos by: W. Dixon Photography
DIY: From Straight Legged Jeans to Skinny Cropped Jeans
Materials: A pair of straight legged (or flared, etc) denim to be altered, another pair of jeans in a preferred cut (even if just for length or width), matching thread, scissors, sewing machine.
1) Fold your jeans inside out and pin the excess material using your fav pair as a tracer.
2) Try them on (inside out) and move any pins you need to. I found that I ended up pinning the ankle too tight and couldn’t get in 😉
3) Lay pants on the floor and carefully trim off the excess material on the sides and bottom so that you have a half-inch margin from the pins.
4) Sew along the side pins using a straight stitch and matching thread.
5) Zig-zag stitch along the edge of the side material to prevent it from fraying much.
6) Roll the bottom of your pant leg to your desired length, pin and straight stitch.
7) Ready to wear!