+ How to make jeans smaller or just skinnies!

I’m LOVIN’ the skinnies, and hatin’ the baggy. Baggy-ness never looked good on me, yet I still embraced it throughout junior high and high school. So, I decided to take out an old pair from high school and make me some skinnies.
Start off by turning jeans inside out and either pinching and marking the new seam with a fabric marker or just pinning the new seam. Make sure to always sew along the inside seam, even if it is more decorative otherwise your bum pockets will NOT look normal on your bum. Unless you are just sewing the the leg area and not around the zipper then do it on either side. When you sew the crotch area,the pants will become a smaller sizer as well as lower your waist, that us why you may or may not want to glass there. Then sew!
Make sure to cut the excess from new seam,sew the trimmed seam to prevent fraying, and iron newly trimmed/sewn Jean down in opposite directions to make the seam more flat. 
Viola! EASY!


  1. These look awesome good job! Oh by the way, I got that pattern tonight of that dress you made…hope its ok that I took your idea, but I couldn’t resist. I am going to make it in Violet!

  2. Way to go, easy peasy pie. I wore baggy pants those years too…shoot…I still do sometimes.

  3. Anonymous says:

    oh THANK YOU, this is exactly what I need!!

  4. Thanks for posting this! Found your blog through “The Sisters 4” blog – LOVED your 30 redos! Will any regular sewing needle go through jeans? (I’ve never tried thicker fabric).

  5. awesome! i have some purple cords i love too much to get rid of, but they flared and much too big. now i can save them! thanks!

  6. It looks like this blog targets women mostly, but I’m going to try this out with my jeans. I have larger thighs than most guys, but I don’t need any extra space in the waste, which can make fitting pants difficult.

  7. Cindy Jo says:

    I have recently lost 29 pounds so my size 16’s don’t fit anymore. Thank you for this tutorial! I really didn’t want to have to buy new jeans.

  8. Erica M. says:

    What does “to glass there” mean? I have been sewing for 40 years and have never heard of this before.

  9. Ruth Skiles says:

    In my much younger years I was so skinny that I never could find pants that fit. Out of sheer frustration I tried this method and it worked great. The only drawback was that it lowered the fit of the waistband on the body.. Most of the time that didn’t matter. Fifty years later I don’t have that “skinny” problem anymore. But, I can attest to the fact that this method is great for taking in pants once you have lost weight or to change the baggie pants to a slimmer style.

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  11. You’re so cool! I do not suppose I’ve truly read something like that before. So great to discover another person with unique thoughts on this subject. Seriously.. thank you for starting this up. This website is something that is required on the internet, someone with a bit of originality!

  12. Some really good info, Gladiola I discovered this.


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