Retailoring Your Jeans Tutorial

March 29, 2011

First off, the quality of this video is much better than my previous attempts. The sound is audible, the visual is clear and my popups look good. With each try I'm getting better.

So yesterday I posted my 'This Day's Threads' which featured a pair of jeans that I retailored to fit my frame and change the shape they originally were sewn into.

Today I'm going to show you how I did that. Not too hard actually. I do it the 'cheating' way. If you want your seams to be 'flat felled' that will have to wait for another tutorial. I figured I'd show you the 'easy' way first. Then maybe later we can go over the 'right' way.

I still think these look great for the small amount of time I put into them. PLUS, only cost me $3.50 at the Salvation Army on half off Wednesdays.

I also retailored the blazer but didn't make a video. Sometime I will show you how. It's basically the same way I retailored my red pea coat this winter. Again, the 'cheating' way;) Which BTW is usually totally worth the time/sanity saved!

28 {comments}:

Kelsee said... Best Blogger Tips

This is awesome!!!!! I've been losing weight and I don't have the money to buy brand new jeans every time I go down a size! Thank you so much!!!!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Great idea. It is so hard to find jeans that fit perfectly and you've shown us how! Now, if we could only figure out a way to make too tight jeans looser? Haha.

mommy Orkid Belle said... Best Blogger Tips

That's what my mom used to do with all my jeans when altering them since I a small and shorty one. Your pants turned out really great and looks like something you paid for a lot money. :) Thanks for sharing!

Adin B

Amber Bockman said... Best Blogger Tips

awesome tutorial, you're adorable. I love hearing the kids in the background!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Your tailoring has inspired me to do more to my clothes! I just finished a cocktail dress that was just too big all around and it looks perfect! Thanks you!

HarmlessColor said... Best Blogger Tips

This is really helpful. Thank you so much for sharing this...I think I might go do that to a couple of pairs I have right now.

Amy @ dwell in the season said... Best Blogger Tips

Great tutorial!

I just did my own "Embellish Your Knit" post and linked to your blog! You are an inspiration!

emily.marie said... Best Blogger Tips

What a gorgeous (but giant) pair of jeans to begin with!

Delia said... Best Blogger Tips

You are so inspiring. You make such daunting sewing tasks seem so doable. Thanks for teaching all of us how to be better sewers!

L. said... Best Blogger Tips

Great, great post! Could you PLEASE, PRETTY PLEASE! show how to take in a jacket at the back/shoulder areas? I bought a couple that I just had to have but can't decide how to take them in without ruining them.
thank you!

lil' rummager said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you very much for posting this tutorial! I know this is going to be very helpful the next time I buy jeans from the thrift store.

Kristina said... Best Blogger Tips

This is awesome! Thank you so much for the tutorial. I will definitely be hitting up the thrift store when I lose weight. :D

the handmade hipster said... Best Blogger Tips

I can't believe how these looked before, I've been combing the thrift stores hunting for emmerson-style high waisted retro flares, but now I'll just do my own.

Was the deep hem put in by you or were they in the original pants, I Love that detail!

Kathleen said... Best Blogger Tips

I cannot believe that is the same pair of jeans! Wow!

Julienne said... Best Blogger Tips

These look so so good! Really great tutorial too. Thank you so much for posting.

Anne (I should be sleeping) said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks so much for taking the time to do the video- very helpful indeed!

Schritt für Schritt lerne ich zu nähen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for this tutorial, you are awesome!!!!

Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

I have a problem with my jeans NEVER fitting around the waist...I didn't think I could take them in this way b/c of the belt loops and top waist hem. How did you get around that? Yours look awesome.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous!! I love your tutorials! I SO envy you being petite! I love the style jean you made (!), but being almost 5'10 and a size EU size 38 I'm afraid I'd look too tall.

thoughtsnsuch said... Best Blogger Tips

I have a question... What does sewing up the sides do to the pockets? Are they still usable?

Grosgrain said... Best Blogger Tips

@StrangeYes! They are. The pockets were about 5 or 6 inches wide and I only took it in about 1" on either side. So they still work perfectly fine.

Grosgrain said... Best Blogger Tips

@Rachel I just cut the sides loops off and it didn't really impact the belt. I still had the front two and back two. But if you were worried that it would be a problem it wouldn't be any trouble to seam rip them out before you took it in then sew them back on later.

Honey I'm Home Blog said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great tutorial. This was really helpful!

Warmly, Michelle

Morgan said... Best Blogger Tips

Those jeans turned out so cute! I've always thought it would be too hard to fix my too-big jeans, so thanks so much for this tutorial! I'm going to try it today!

Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it! I've always wanted jeans like these. I'll have to be on the lookout at the thrift stores. Thanks for the video!

Alexis said... Best Blogger Tips

How did you make such a cute hem to the legs your pants? Any tricks? They definitely don't look like they were done at home.

elizabeth said... Best Blogger Tips

attempting this right now!!! so excited--we have two long weekend trips and I think the jeans will be GREAT!

Marianna said... Best Blogger Tips

This is amazing and so helpful. Thanks so much for sharing!

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