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An awesome way to resize jeans!
*Please help me get this project featured as it is my best work yet!*

I recently bought some new skinny jeans from Jay Jays, but when I got home and put them on, they didn't fit and I couldn't find the slip to return them! Then I thought of the idea of widening the legs by adding corset lacing to give it an alternative look.

You will need someone to help you at some stages because it is extremely difficult to do them on your own and you will not be able to measure accurately.

If anything is unclear, feel free to ask and I'll try to explain!
Enjoy!

Posted by JossieAyame from Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa • Published See JossieAyame's 149 projects »
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  • How to make jeans. Corset Laced Jeans - Step 1
    Step 1

    Get your pair of jeans that you want to modify. They must fit you around your waist but can be too narrow for you at the legs. You could also make the legs of the jeans narrower at the side seams.

  • How to make jeans. Corset Laced Jeans - Step 2
    Step 2

    Turn the jeans inside out. Starting from the bottom on the outside seam of the legs, use the seam ripper to undo the stitching. I only did this up to my knees at first, then tried them on to decide how much higher up I wanted the lacing.

  • How to make jeans. Corset Laced Jeans - Step 3
    Step 3

    Put the jeans on and stand on a chair so your friend/parent/partner can help you with this step.

    You need to decide how wide you want the gap between the two side seams, where the corset lacing will go. Mark it with pins every few intervals on both legs.

  • How to make jeans. Corset Laced Jeans - Step 4
    Step 4

    Your jeans should then look like this. You'll notice that the jeans are now way too long. Don't worry about that, we'll fix that later. For now, just do every step for the whole jean, ignoring the fact that you will shorten it later.

  • How to make jeans. Corset Laced Jeans - Step 5
    Step 5

    Take an eyelet and put it upside down on the seam close to where the two side seams of the legs join to make sure the eyelet will go through the double layer of fabric on the seam. If the seam is too narrow, adjust the markers at the top few centimeters, then try the jeans on again to make sure it's comfortable.

  • How to make jeans. Corset Laced Jeans - Step 6
    Step 6

    Decide how wide the seam should be. The eyelet must be able to fit easily in the seam allowance. I used a seam of 1.6cm. Mark lines for the seam allowance all along the jean legs with tailors chalk (I couldn't find mine so I used a white pencil).
    Make sure it's accurate everywhere.

  • How to make jeans. Corset Laced Jeans - Step 7
    Step 7

    Your jeans should have lines for the overlocker now as shown in the pic.

  • How to make jeans. Corset Laced Jeans - Step 8
    Step 8

    Use the overlocker to make the edges of the jeans look neat. Make sure the blade cuts exactly along the white lines.

  • How to make jeans. Corset Laced Jeans - Step 9
    Step 9

    Fold the jeans' seams over to the seam allowance decided on earlier (mine is 1.6cm as mentioned). Put pins in to keep the seam allowance secure until it is topstitched.

  • How to make jeans. Corset Laced Jeans - Step 10
    Step 10

    Start the topstitching of the seams along the edge of the fabric. In the beginning, feel with your fingers where the bottom edge of the fabric is and make sure that the stitching catches both layers of fabric. Keep the foot of the machine the same distance away from the edge of the fabric for the entire seam length. Repeat this with all four seams.

  • How to make jeans. Corset Laced Jeans - Step 11
    Step 11

    In some places the jeans may have bumps as shown in the picture. These are easy to get rid of. This is a tip which you can use with any other clothes that you make and isn't included in the instructions because many people don't know about it. This technique is called pressing the seams.

  • How to make jeans. Corset Laced Jeans - Step 12
    Step 12

    Switch on your iron. Pour some tap water into a glass and use your finger to spread the water along the edge of the fabric.

  • How to make jeans. Corset Laced Jeans - Step 13
    Step 13

    Iron over the edges where you put the water. This will smoothen the bumps and give it a more professional look.

  • Step 14

    Put the jeans on again and get someone to help you decide where abouts you want the bottom hem to be. Use pins to mark the length. This is just a guideline, not the final amount you will shorten it by.

  • How to make jeans. Corset Laced Jeans - Step 15
    Step 15

    Now decide on your eyelet spacing. I decided on 4.5cm. Use your tailors chalk (or white pencil) to mark dots where you want the eyelets. Make sure they are in the middle of the seam.

  • How to make jeans. Corset Laced Jeans - Step 16
    Step 16

    Punch all the holes for the eyelets except the bottom ones, because you can't be sure where to put it yet.

  • How to make jeans. Corset Laced Jeans - Step 17
    Step 17

    Use something like a ballpoint pen to slightly stretch the holes for the eyelets if they aren't big enough.

  • How to make jeans. Corset Laced Jeans - Step 18
    Step 18

    Put the eyelets in, making sure that they are the right way around, and crimp them into place.

    Do this for all of the eyelet holes.

  • How to make jeans. Corset Laced Jeans - Step 19
    Step 19

    Now, put your jeans back on (again) and get a very long piece of string. Thread it through the way you want it to be at the end. This is so you can measure accurately where you want the bottom hem to be.

  • How to make jeans. Corset Laced Jeans - Step 20
    Step 20

    Get your friend to help figure out which length to shorten it by. Put pins in on one of the legs to mark the place. Take the jeans off and mark the other leg in exactly the same place, measuring carefully.

  • How to make jeans. Corset Laced Jeans - Step 21
    Step 21

    Measure the hem allowance of the jeans to give you an approximate measuring for your new hem. Then mark the new hem allowance on the inside of the jeans. This will be your cut-off line for the overlocker.

  • Step 22

    Remember the width of your hem allowance and take out the marker pins. Run the jeans through the overlocker along your cut off line.

  • How to make jeans. Corset Laced Jeans - Step 23
    Step 23

    Fold the hem over, making sure that it is the right way around. Topstitch the hem just next to the cut-off line. You will again have to feel where the fabric ends to make sure you catch both fabric layers in the stitching. Now your jeans will be the right length.

  • How to make jeans. Corset Laced Jeans - Step 24
    Step 24

    Work out where you want the bottom eyelet and mark it with your tailors chalk. It should be as close to the bottom hem as possible. I used a gap of 1cm from the hem to allow the eyelet to fit comfortably.

  • How to make jeans. Corset Laced Jeans - Step 25
    Step 25

    Punch the holes and put your eyelets in. Almost done now!

  • How to make jeans. Corset Laced Jeans - Step 26
    Step 26

    Put your jeans on again. Thread the string through exactly how you want it. Tie a bow at the end and cut the string, allowing some extra length. Undo the lacing and measure the string to see how long your ribbon or chord must be. I needed 2.2m for each leg.

  • How to make jeans. Corset Laced Jeans - Step 27
    Step 27

    Buy the amount of ribbon or chord you need if you do not already have it. Thread it through and you're done! You now own some awesome new jeans!

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Christina Y.
Christina Y. · 22 projects
Awesome! I'm not great at sewing but I wanna try this! Happy
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