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Shortening bootcut jeans with an "invisible seam".
How many times have you left a great looking, worn down pair of denim in to the shop because the legs are too long? They just don´t lok the same if you just cut them shorter...

Denim pants with an abraded hem need to be shortened with a seam. Bootcut jeans cannot be shortened with a straight seam because the sewing lines are not the same length. In this tutorial you´ll see how to shorten jeans with a curved seam - no matter how flare legged your bootcut jeas are!

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  • How to make jeans. Shortening Bootcut Jeans Or Pants - Step 1
    Step 1

    Try the denim on with both flat and hig heeled shoes. I usually mark the denim about hanf an inch (2cm) longer than my heel. If the denim is a regular bootcut the front will be about 3/4 inches (3cm)longer. If the denim is a bell-bottom it will be even longer from the front.

    The heel measurement is the important one! After I know how much must be taken off, I draw (usually with a ballpoint pen) a straight line 0,5cm above the hem turn. Measure how wide your leg is on this line. This will be your bottom sewing line.

    Then measure the shortening-measurement up from here (in picture: left legpiece). Now draw a curvy line towards the front.

  • How to make jeans. Shortening Bootcut Jeans Or Pants - Step 2
    Step 2

    This curvy line is your top sewing line has to be exactly the same length as your bottom sewing line, otherwise the two sewing lines will not match. All that is between the two lines will be gone when the denim is done.

    In this example I will take 11cm from the back and 9cm from the front.

  • How to make jeans. Shortening Bootcut Jeans Or Pants - Step 3
    Step 3

    To make sewing thick denim easier, cut away extra allowences from seams. See that you do not cut the seam open.

  • How to make jeans. Shortening Bootcut Jeans Or Pants - Step 4
    Step 4

    Now you can start pinning the two sewing lines together. Always start from the sideseams, then pin the front-middle, then back-middle, and then the space between.

  • How to make jeans. Shortening Bootcut Jeans Or Pants - Step 5
    Step 5

    To get your sewing lines exactly in place, puch the needle straight down. See that it comes out the other side on the sewing line. If it doesn´t, you have to adjust the fabric so it does.

  • How to make jeans. Shortening Bootcut Jeans Or Pants - Step 6
    Step 6

    Check that especially the sideseams are exactly in-line.

  • How to make jeans. Shortening Bootcut Jeans Or Pants - Step 7
    Step 7

    Sew TWICE around the leg following your sewing line using regular thread. This will make the seam stronger.

  • How to make jeans. Shortening Bootcut Jeans Or Pants - Step 8
    Step 8

    Now try your denim on to make sure the legs are the right length (try both flats and high heels on). You can still open the seam and make adjustments if necessary, because nothing has been cut out yet.

    If the denim fits, you can cut open the allowances. Do not make them narrow yet! Iron the seam open. Sew a top stitch a few millimeters from your seam on both sides of the seam to hold allowances in place better.

  • How to make jeans. Shortening Bootcut Jeans Or Pants - Step 9
    Step 9

    Sew a top stitch a few millimeters from your seam on both sides of the seam to hold allowances in place better.

  • How to make jeans. Shortening Bootcut Jeans Or Pants - Step 10
    Step 10

    Cut away extra fabric from the allowances.

  • How to make jeans. Shortening Bootcut Jeans Or Pants - Step 11
    Step 11

    The finished seam should look like this from underneath. I never bother to finish the edges with overlock... Call me lazy. Nobody can see them anyway.

  • How to make jeans. Shortening Bootcut Jeans Or Pants - Step 12
    Step 12

    And it looks like this from the top. You are able to see the stitching when looked up-close but nobody will see it when you´re wearing the denim.

  • How to make jeans. Shortening Bootcut Jeans Or Pants - Step 13
    Step 13

    DONE!
    The jeans are now about 3 cm shorter from the heel than in front, but they seem to be the same lentgh when you have the denims on. Except that the heel won´t slip under your foot all the time. :) Finally you have bootcut jeans that can be worn with flats and high heels.

    And nobody notices the extra seam in the bottom...

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emilylovesbagpuss
emilylovesbagpuss · Norwich, Norfolk · 1 project

So glad I found your tutorial before I hacked the bottom off my jeans. superfantastic!!

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Mileanel
Mileanel · 2 projects

I used your technique for my new bootcut jeans and the outcome is just wonderful!

I'm a beginner in sewing, so that it was a bit tricky for me, but hey, it worked! Thank you for this great idea. :)

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Lovette'sz-xoxo
Lovette'sz-xoxo · 15 projects

wowwiiiee!

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Cuervitte
Cuervitte · Ciudad de San Juan, San Juan, Argentina

Amazing tutorial!! *_* thanks!

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Little Yggy
Little Yggy · Buenos Aires, Argentina · 3 projects

Great! Tnx!

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Ryden
Ryden · , · 28 projects

Thanks! Great tutorial!

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JuliaFuentes
JuliaFuentes · hermosillo, sonora, mexico, Sonora, MX · 2 projects

thanks for sharingg:]

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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · Edinburgh, GB · 723 projects

Great how-to, this will help with all the tattered edges.

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