I’ve had these jeans for awhile now. I love the distressed look of them, but they stretch out like crazy when I wear them and the inseam isn’t quite long enough for me with the bootcut style.
I love the look of boyfriend jeans and recently purchased a pair from Forever 21 online. Sadly they were waaay too big and baggy on me so I had to return them. But it inspired me to give my old jeans a new life. Here’s what I did…
- Trim off the bottom 1″ of the jeans. I want a cuffed hem anyways, so no point in having extra bulk.
- Turn the jeans inside out so you can see the seam lines. Using pins, mark where you want the new seam line to be. I wanted to turn the original bootcut into more of a tapered-leg (or “ankle biter” style, haha).
- Grade the new ankle width up to the knee, using pins.
- Sew the new seam line.
- Roll up the desired cuff length, and sew the new cuffs in place (if desired).
- Bonus: Since these jeans have a tendency to stretch out on me as I wear them, I sewed a piece of twill tape along the inside of the waistband. This is a trick I learned from the fantastic book Mend and Make Fabulous by Burdastyle.
- Enjoy your fabulous new jeans!
Happy Friday everyone!