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tighten those jeans in 4 easy steps
Shopping for jeans is extremely frustrating. Finding a pair that perfectly accommodates your hips, waist, and leg length is next to impossible. And the thousand trips to a fitting room that has no locks don’t help the quest to find the ideal pair.

Because I’m short, I always have my jeans shortened at the mall. Yes, I could buy smaller, (hence, shorter) jeans, but my butt, hips, and waist have an aversion to size 24 jeans. Often, I end up buying a pair that’s perfect on the waist but baggy everywhere else. This is the case for the last three pairs I bought.

So I did some research on making jeans tighter. It seems that a hot wash and long drying time combo works perfectly. I have no access to a drier or washing machine. I turned to Lorelai (my sewing machine) for help.

Posted by Myam from Cebu City, Central Visayas, Philippines • Published See Myam's 18 projects »
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  • How to sew a pair of skinny jeans. Make Jeans Tighter - Step 1
    Step 1

    Fit your jeans. Estimate how many inches tighter the legs should be.

  • How to sew a pair of skinny jeans. Make Jeans Tighter - Step 2
    Step 2

    Turn jeans inside out. Sew the inseam, starting from one leg. If you need to make your jeans an inch tighter, sew the inseam a half inch from the edge.

  • How to sew a pair of skinny jeans. Make Jeans Tighter - Step 3
    Step 3

    Sew all the way to the crotch and turn to finish the other inner leg. You may choose to stop at the crotch to see if your new pant leg is tight enough. Or too tight.

  • How to sew a pair of skinny jeans. Make Jeans Tighter - Step 4
    Step 4

    DONE! Fit your jeans.

    NOTE: When you lay down your new jeans, you will notice some bunching on the crotch area. Do not worry, this will not affect the overall appearance of your jeans. In fact, I think they help lift your butt when you finally wear them jeans.

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Ipsita K.
Ipsita K. · 9 projects
i am EXACTLY like u!!!!!!!!! this happens to me all the time!
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Ipsita K.
Ipsita K. · 9 projects
i am EXACTLY like u!!!!!!!!! this happens to me all the time!
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Ipsita K.
Ipsita K. · 9 projects
i am EXACTLY like u!!!!!!!!! this happens to me all the time!
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Ipsita K.
Ipsita K. · 9 projects
i am EXACTLY like!!!!!!!!! this happens to me all the time!
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Zandra M.
Zandra M. · Twin Falls, Idaho, US
I LOVE this I've done this with pjs before and never thought I could do it on my jeans till i saw this!! No more missing out on awesome yard sale deals cause there's no way they'll ever fit me. Thanks you've changed EVERYTHING!!! Happy
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Nuria C.
Nuria C. · San Francisco, California, US
Awesome!! thanx! Happy What type of stitch did you use??
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~iD3sign~
~iD3sign~ · Merrillville, Indiana, US · 4 projects
THis is so cool..do u think this would work on half size jeans? because i accidently bought a size 1/2 at the store and i was thinking about taking them back (its probably too late) i like them though..and do u think i could try to do this without a sewing machine?...i dont have one..lol Happy
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Blackie
Blackie · New York, New York, US · 1 project
how come I've never tried that?! I have many jeans that I don't wear only cuz they "fit, but not really" Happy Very helpful, thanks!
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Natasha C.
Natasha C.
i just love skinny jeans but my mom wont pay the money to get them so if i want skinny jeans i have to pay for them my self and i am running out of money so i decided to take my other jeans that arent skinnies and make them into skinnies and it is so easy
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Goth Ninja
Goth Ninja · Point, Texas, US · 3 projects
That's so cool! All my jeans always fit perfectly, except they're a little long cuz I'm fun size. But that might change, I'm only fourteen. ;)
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