+ video tutorial — hem your jeans + thin out your skinny jeans (cigarette style)

I want to do this to every single pair of of skinny jeans I have. It only takes about 20 minutes and you’re done! I just don’t love the baggy, bunchy ankles or that I have to roll them up under every time I wear them. I also hate the look of the ankle of the jeans (hemmed, non-hemmed, or rolled) gapping out from over your booties. Some jeans that look is the desire, but others I want to show off my shoes or my ankles. Thus the cigarette look. I love the cigarette look, where it lays nice and tight with my ankle and hits just in that perfect spot where the top of your shoe hits. Enjoy!

Shoes: Shoemint      Pants: Hudson

Hemming Instructions:
1. Try on and mark where you want your hem to be.
2. Cut off 1″ below that.

Thinning instructions (cigarette style):
3. Try on inside out and mark how much needs to be taken in. FYI, This only works with stretchy jeans (trust me I have made the mistake in the past with non-stretchy), unless you want to add a zipper to the ankle. So make sure to test the taking in process as you go by trying it on every time you make adjustments so you know you can slide you foot through. So start out taking it in bigger, then going in from there.
4. cut off the etxra material and serge the edges if you want to prevent fray.

Hemming Instructions continued….
5. Roll and pin to hit the mark of where you want the hem to be (roll once half inch then again another half inch).
6. Sew the top edge of the roll 1/2″ from bottom. IRON!


  1. Roxanne says:

    Wow! So adorable! And looks like it’s pretty simple to do. Thanks again, Liz! xo

  2. I adore this video. It’s so cute! You made me smile.

  3. I NEED those boots! Where did you get them? Thanks for the cute tutorial!

  4. Yes! I just hate how almost all of my skinnier fit at the ankle. Part of the problem is that I am petite, and part of it I think is just an unfortunate fit of a lot of jeans. Thanks for the tutorial!

  5. Thanks for the advice! I love the boots. <3
    Isz. xx from http://thefashionnewbieandco.blogspot.nl/

  6. I love this video – it is so easy to follow and I will definitely be doing this to at least 2 pairs of jeans. Thank you so much

    Oh and your cute little one waving at the end is a lovely finishing touch.

  7. this has been a really helpful video, thank you!

    xo Sarah

  8. Thank you for the tutorial! I have always been a little intimidated by the idea of hemming my jeans but the video was an excellent example of how it’s done. Thanks again.

  9. Cassandre says:

    Awesome and helpful video. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  10. Glad to read your post :). It is very informative!

  11. Awesome video! Thank you so much. And not to sound creepy at all but…you have the prettiest hands! For reals :) Love your blog!

  12. Roxanne says:

    Love the stripe!

  13. AWESOME! I wanted to do this to 2 of my pairs of jeans but was afraid to because I wasn’t sure this would be working fine (and I’m new at sewing). And than for the “zip if not starchy jeans” I wouldn’t have thought about this like that. You’re my new hero! haha!

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