New look for your old jeans
- Old jeans
- Polyester threads
Prepare old jeans. Try it on, pin height from where on you want to tighten jeans legs.
Open seam out and inside on leg - a few cm more than marking.
Use only a tailors separating knife (foto) - not a razor blade as many tailors do !
Iron the opend sides.
Decide how tight you want to have your jeans. I did only about 2 cm inside and outside, so it was less totally 8 cm per leg.
On front leg part make a line with a pen from the chalk marking to the opend seam --> foto. Do this inside and outside of each front leg.
Start with this side where your jeans has an additional orange or yellow seam. (my jeans has this seam inside). Pin front and back part, i. g. inside, then sew along your pen line.
Do same with second leg of jeans.
Cut the seam allowance carefully, make a nice seam with your overlock or use a normal zigzag stitch.
(I always cut the seam of stronger materials before I use the overlock to protect the overlock knife. Otherwise it becomes blunt within short time of usage).
Iron seam allowance to one side and prepare threads for orange or yellow seam. If your do not have the respective color you can use 2 threads - as I did --> foto.
Before you use these colors try on a small piece (from the cut off seam allowance).
Now compare the color with the seam on your jeans.
Then make the colored seams.
Now sew on pen line on other side of jeans legs.
Finally try on jeans again and see if you can shorten a little bit. Iron the opened seam well.
If necessary cut off 1 or 2 cm. (my jeans was too long and frayed terribly).
Make a proper seam --> fold end of jeans leg twice to inside, sew it first from inside, then make an orange or yellow seam from outside.
Enjoy your new old jeans !
The design and instruction are only for private use.