• How to Turn Bootcut Jeans into Straight leg or Skinny leg?

    I have 3 pairs of jeans, 1 corduroy and 2 denim that I would like to change from bootcut to straight leg
    Could anyone describe step by step how to do this at home?
    And/or how much it would cost a tailor per pair?
    Thanks

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    12 thoughts on “How to Turn Bootcut Jeans into Straight leg or Skinny leg?

    • Ringo Starr says:

      you would need sharp material scissors, a sewing machine and thread that’s good quality and a similar colour to the thread already in the jeans, you need measurements of your thighs and legs and leave an inch for stretch you need to cut the inside of the jean, i say corduroy would work best, cut the inside of the leg up bring in so the material overlaps make sure the slip material is exactly straight, cut excess material and sew only using a machine, if you are not experienced with altering clothes start on something smaller buy a cheap pair of jeans, buy a pair of skinnys, because sooner or later you’ll need a pair of bootleg, the alteration people would charge you 15-30 they probably wont even do it, i couldn’t get a zip in a hoodie before because the material was too thick, tailor pen would be about 3-5

    • bloodserendepity says:

      idk, maybe its better for you to buy a new one. . .

    • Linda S(on vacation) says:

      Here’s an entry from the blog of a professional designer/dressmaker. Normally she covers personal items but occasionally turns to frequently asked sewing and design questions here’s her take on the problem:

      How to Turn Ordinary Jeans Into Skinny Jeans.

      It’s isn’t difficult to turn ordinary, straight or flare leg jeans to the current skinny jeans look. You must start with jeans that fit snugly through the waist, hip and seat, and -to a lesser extent -the thigh. You can’t turn oversize baggy jeans into skinny jeans. Altering the waist is an advanced level alteration that is best left to pros.

      1. Begin by turning your jeans inside out and trying them on. Mark with chalk where the fabric stops hugging the leg on the thigh and begins to fall away from the leg. This is where the alteration begins. Mark a line across the knee line. Mark how skinny you want the jean to be at the knee. Finally, mark with chalk how skinny you want them to be at the hem. Pin the jeans together on these marks and take off the jeans. Be sure that you can get your foot through the new skinny opening!

      2. Rip out the seams on both the inseam and outseam from the top mark down to the hem.

      3. Lay the ripped out pants flat on a table, front facing up. Draw guidelines across the knee and the ankle. Draw a guideline up and down the leg in the very center on each leg. There needs to be the same amount of fabric on both sides of this line. This center leg line is very important, it keeps the altered pant legs from twisting.

      4. Flip the pants over and repeat to the backside of the legs. You will notice that the back leg is wider than the front, this is because the back thigh is larger than the front.

      5. Turn to the front: Measure the marked width of alteration across the knee. Mark one half this toward the inseam and half to the outseam. The measurement needs to be evenly divided across the leg using the center line as the center. Even if you pinned it so it was unbalanced, balance this line now. If you don’t. the pants will twist on the leg
      repeat this at the ankle. Again, be sure the amount is divided evenly on both sides of the centerline. Unbalanced means twisted legs.

      6. Repeat this step on the back. The center line of the back will appear to angle to the center back seam. This is correct, this angled seam makes a dart which gives jeans their booty hugging ability. Be sure that the new seam line is equidistant on both the inseam and outseam sides of the centerline.

      7. Join the marks, from the thigh/hip to the knee to the ankle on the inseam and outseam, front and back. Pin the fronts and back together and sew the seams.

      8. Try on to ensure that the jeans fit. if you want you can take them in or let them out a bit, being sure that the seam are balanced on both sides.

      9. When you are satisfied with the fit, cut the seam allowance down to 5/8 of an inch. Overcast the raw edge using a serger (best) or a zig zag stitch. press the outseam to the back, press the inseam to the front.

      10. Optional: top-stitch the seam allowances down using special gold jeans top stitch thread.

      You can view the full entry here with illustrations: http://lincatz. tripod. com/thelitterbox/index. blog/1830313/snakes-in-a-draina-look-at-the-crotch/

    • ashlyndmarie says:

      when i was making skinny jeans, i put on a pair of flare jeans inside out

      then i pinned the sides tight to my legs (but not too tight) so that they outlined my legs.

      i took the pair off and sewed alongside the pins.

      tried them on to see how they fit and cut off the extra.

    • Hailee says:

      i want to so the same thing but with trousers they are bootcut and i would like to turn them skinny. i dunno wat 2 do tho. :)

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