So, if I haven’t mentioned already, I scored 8 pairs of name brand jeans on eBay recently for a total of $35! I was super excited and knew I’d need to do alterations but figured I could pull it off somehow.
4 pairs fit perfectly and I just hemmed them keeping the original hem as I blogged about here
Another pair is actually a little too tight…maybe I’ll fit into them when I can actually diet (after weaning my daughter). No rush on that…
The last 3 pairs are actually too large (size 29 and I normally wear 26/27 in 7 for all mankind and Joes jeans). First, I washed them in HOT water and dried in the dryer on HOT for 2 hours to shrink as much as I could. Then, I decided to take a pair in…several inches…from the waist all the way down to the original hem 🙂
Here’s the before pictures.
I turned them inside out and started pinning where I’d like to take them in.
I figured if I ruined this pair, I still had scored 7 pairs for $35. So, I started sewing. I decided not to take apart the whole seam but to just see down the whole side of the leg from the hip down. This worked! I took the baggy leg and made it fitted 🙂
I did this on both legs and liked the result. I then needed to take in the waist…since I washed the jeans in very HOT water and dried on a HOT temp for 2 hours, they did shrink quite a bit (in my favor)! I decided to take in 3 small areas on the waist, disguising under the belt loops.
I did this in 3 places – 1 was the the very back in between 2 belt loops and the other 2 darts are hidden behind the side belt loops.
Lastly, I needed to hem the jeans. I did this the same way as I always do; however, I actually had to take in the original hem about 1/2″ inch before since I was taking off 4″ and the hem was wider than the leg. I’ll explain in photos…all I actually did was sew a small stitch on the original hem to take it in.
Then, I just hemmed the jeans the same way I always do (see the link to my original hem blog above).
And now, I have a fabulous new pair of jeans! Remember to follow me on Twitter or Pinterest @RefashionMama.