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.

And elastic.

HELL YES🙌🏾

SO

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.

Here’s what the jeans look like before. I didn’t want to show my feet lest I give away these feet pics for free and then later want to make a career of sending feet pics.

Here’s what the jeans look like before. I didn’t want to show my feet lest I give away these feet pics for free and then later want to make a career of sending feet pics.

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!

I cut a bunch of jean off. Like 5 inches.

I cut a bunch of jean off. Like 5 inches.

Ta-da!!! Once again, preserving the feet for my future in feet pics marketing.

Ta-da!!! Once again, preserving the feet for my future in feet pics marketing.

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.

Before….

Before….

And after! 

And after! 

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!!!!

Cheers,

Jasmine