Tutorial: Mom Jeans to Skinny Jeans


Illustrated tutorials are totally my new fav. I had a great time putting this together.

Keep in mind that this tutorial is intended for pants with a waistband that already fit above your hips correctly. When trying on pants, shimmy the waistband to your desired rise and ensure you have the right fit.

1. Remove the back pockets. Set aside.
2. Cut 1/4" below the waistband, and just below the front pocket opening. Discard the front pockets.
3. Turn the pants inside out. Taper to fit your legs.
4. Flip the waistband. Carefully pin to the pants. Sew together.
5. Press the waistband flat.
6. Pin and stitch the pockets back on.


{for outfit details, click here}

13 comments:

  1. cute look!!! you do a really great job on refashion

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  2. Those are RIDICULOUSLY cute.

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  3. You're just plain brilliant...

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  4. This really is brilliant and those polka dot pants are adorable. :)

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  5. I love this tutorial. I really love these illustrated tutorials.

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    1. Thanks. They are a lot of work, but I love them too!

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  6. Gosh, this is awesome. Now if I just had ANY sewing skills...

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  7. Love the pink polka dots! Great job saving them (and nice illustration!).

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  8. Thanks for the tutorial! I'm curious though... how do you deal with the zipper? I literally was just fixing a similar pair of black polka dot mom jeans and I can't seem to figure out what to do with the zipper!

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    1. These pants had a plastic zipper and, I just cut right through it. I made sure to reinforce the top of the remaining zipper by sewing back and forth when I reattached the waistband to the pants.

      If the zipper isn't plastic, I don't know what you do!

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  9. I did this one, too! It took me a few iterations (ripping seams and re-sewing) but it came out great in the end and allowed me to salvage a fantastic pair of Ann Taylor pants from the Goodwill that were 6 sizes too big!

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  10. This is exciting,thanks for sharing with us. can't wait to try it on pants i have.

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