How I tailor my thrifted jeans ~petite~curvy~
As I’ve opined before, I absolutely love thrifting.
Lately I’ve amassed a few pair of vintage jeans (and yesterday I almost bought a pair of Wranglers. I’m still thinking about them!!!!) and they don’t fit me perfectly.
I wrote in the last post about those Levi’s 550 lightwash pair that were the perfect length 👌🏾and in my multiple thrift trips since finding that pair, I’ve learned that those are a rarity.
I’m short and I have a lot of thigh real estate. So I need jeans to be shorter, wider and still have that relaxed straight-ish fit in the leg. I’m six seasons too late but I’m really into this mom jean trend.
I have since watched many YouTube videos (yes YouTube videos I mention again. It’s the heart and soul of this blog lol) and I’ve learned how to tailor my jeans.
You’ll need a sewing machine.
Because Squarespace doesn’t support video files yet I’m just going to link the tutorials I followed to hem my jeans and take in the waist.
So you can see these heauxs are too long for me. They are even too long to cuff and make them cute in a “Oh I’m totally chill, I’m a cool mom, drink margaritas in my garage kids it’s fine with me” type way.
I once read that cuffed jeans make you look shorter and as we’ve established in the premise of this blog I’m already short so I don’t need any magic denim tricks to make me look shorter.
I followed this guy’s tutorial on YouTube and I actually was able to hem my jeans and keep the original hem!
Was the stitching bad? YES.
I’m a novice seamstress, despite taking a whole sewing class in college. But! I don’t care. They don’t look that bad from far! (An experienced eye could spot my mistakes from a mile away but that’s why I keep my distance from seamstresses and tailors.)
I truly don’t care as long as they look decent, you know. I chalk up the wonky sew job to me being qUirKy and CuTe. ✌🏾
Anyway, here’s what they look like now!
How I took in the waist of my jeans
Here’s the tutorial I followed to take in the waist of two of my jeans.
I found this girl to be really funny.
I took in the waist of a 34 size men’s jean and it went well. FYI, I’m a size 8/9/10 Petite in women’s sizes.
Originally, the jeans fit my thighs but not my waist. After adding the elastic it was way more snug.
I figured I could hide the ruching in the back with a belt.
I like this method because it’s so easy and elastic is like $1 a yard at my local fabric store so you can really do this frugally.
I tried this method also in a bigger size, a pair of 38” men’s jeans and it worked…but it looks like I’m wearing a diaper, so I would NOT recommend using this method for jeans that are two or more sizes too big. That will take some reconstruction and it might be worth taking it to a real seamstress.
I hope this post was helpful to all of you petite ladies with a hankering for thrifting vintage jeans.
Let not the inseam nor the waist of a jean deter you from buying them!!!!