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An easy method for turning boot cut jeans into skinnies
This is an easy way to take old boot-cut jeans and turn them skinny using an existing pair of skinny jeans as a guide. You only have to stitch one seam per leg so you don't have to mess with re-doing flat felled inseams.

Posted by dixiediy from Austin, Texas, United States • Published See dixiediy's 7 projects »
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  • How to sew a pair of skinny jeans. Stitching Them Skinny - Step 1
    Step 1

    I started out with some too-long, boot cut, white jeans that I dyed purple. These jeans have a little bit of stretch in them, like most skinny jeans do.

  • How to sew a pair of skinny jeans. Stitching Them Skinny - Step 2
    Step 2

    Turn your boot-cut jeans inside out and lay them face up and flat on a table. Take a pair of skinny jeans you already own and turn them inside out. These will be your template.

    The inner seam on jeans is usually flat felled so it is easier to stitch up the outer seam because there's no top stitching. Pull that outer seam flat. The back leg is wider than your front leg so just pull the excess back leg fabric away from the outside seam.

    Do the same for the skinny jean leg and layer it over the new jeans leg. Match up the jeans at the crotch seam and down along the inner seam line.

    Take pins or chalk and mark the seam line of the skinny jeans on your new jeans. This is your new stitching line.

  • How to sew a pair of skinny jeans. Stitching Them Skinny - Step 3
    Step 3

    Sew up the sides and try on the jeans. You may need to adjust the legs some more (I had to sew closer in at the knees).

    Trim the excess fabric off the new seam and serge or finish the seam allowances.

    If you need to hem your jeans, too, now's the time to do it.

  • How to sew a pair of skinny jeans. Stitching Them Skinny - Step 4
    Step 4

    Repeat for the other leg. To make it easier use the trimmed off section from the other leg as a guide (keeping in mind seam allowances).

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