A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine gave me a bag with a few pairs in and straight away I used a pair to make a bag (which I shared on here). However there was another pair that was such good denim and although not my style or size I thought I will save that pair and see if I can do something with them.
Today I took the scissors to them and thought why not? If it all goes wrong the denim will go on other projects as originally intended. They have a bit of bright fabric in the pocket if you read below you will find out why.
These are the finished jeans...
I tried them first and they were a couple of sizes too big, they were also loose all around the bottom and the style of leg was a wide boot cut. The jeans are from Gap and have a slight stretch.
I had to cut a 'V' shape out of each side before I stitched to get rid of the rivets or the machine would not have been able to stitch over them . If you are only adjusting the waist of your jeans by a small amount then cut this 'v' out from the centre back seam only.
I also removed the belt loops at the sides at this point to add them on after if required. Because of the amount I needed to take my jeans in I also had to remove the small riveted pocket within the front pocket.
I know one side is bigger than the other but that is easily trimmed to match.
Because I had removed this inner pocket I then added a piece of fabric that I like along with a piece of scrap denim beneath it for strength. I stitched this by hand over where I had removed the small pocket. You don't have to add contrasting fabric you could just use another bit of denim.
Once this was done I stitched down the sides then tried them on for fit, I had to take a little more off.
Then I turned them inside out, tried them on again and pinned all the way down each leg to make them fitted and straight legged at the bottom.
Then I sewed the seams following my pins as a guide. Next trim away all the excess fabric and zig zag to finish.
I am very happy with the finished result and these are probably my best fitting pair of jeans now! It is very rare you can get a pair that fit you properly all over.
Here is the front...
Much better I think
I also like the fact that they come up higher at the back than most jeans now, I have a couple of pair that you don't want to bend down in without forever hoisting them up!