What up everyone, today instead of a fit we bring you something a bit more useful. One of the main problems with bargain shopping is finding the right fit and it often means you end up having to splurge a bit, but with a sewing machine a little practice you can change some of that. For example I got these shrink to fit 501s on sale for 35 bucks the legs were way too wide. Devon taught me and now here to teach you how to taper your jeans so they fit slimmer and provide stacks on stacks on stacks.
First things first is pinning your denim, put on your jeans inside out and pin from the outside seam. Devon likes to start at the knee and leave a bit of room there since you bend your leg you want some extra fabric there. Also it's better to taper too big and use your existing line to move in rather than taper too tight and have to remove seams.
Get on your sewing machine, Devon has the Brother LX2375, but you can check your local thrift store or jump on Amazon for something similar just make sure you can change the tension to work on denim and get a good needle and you're all set. All you have to do is follow the line removing the pins as you go using a regular single stitch.
After you create your new seam, try your jeans on careful not to break your new line. if you need to come in a bit you can use the already existing line as a guide. Once you're sure you dig the fit, take them off and sew back and forth a few times over the hem to make sure it's nice and strong. Now optionally after you do that, you can cut off the excess material making sure to leave a little bit of material away from your new taper line, then use a zig zag stitch over the edge to stop fraying. Devon personally doesn't like to use it cause he's a bit paranoid. I'm personally not sure yet how I feel but I think I may cut them to make for a cleaner cuff.
We didn't take any proper before pictures though you can see how wide the jeans are from the pin up picture. I quickly took a couple of pictures wearing the shoes I mostly rotate right now. You can see how they sit nicely on top of the Jordans and drape over the Chelsea boots. I like how they look on the Jordans though I think I will bring in another pair a bit more for a slimmer silhouette on the Chelsea boots I'm very happy with how these turned out. Go experiment with a pair you don't wear any longer or go thrift a cheap pair for some practice then go take advantage of those sales!
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