How to Shorten Jeans [Step by Step DIY]

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How to Shorten Jeans Step by Step DIY

I finally did it. I actually got round to shortening a pair of jeans shortly after buying them!! This is a lifetime first for me which is utterly disgraceful given I'm a short sewer (sewist?). But I'm focusing on the positive fact that I did in fact achieve this tiny life goal. And you know what it was E-A-S-Y!!


Here's How I did It

First I gathered my materials.

How to Shorten Jeans Step by Step DIY

Schmetz Machine Needles - Jeans Size 80 Moon Thread 1000y x 10 Pack Tailors Scissors 25cm Embroidery Scissors Magnetic Pin Cushion Tape Measure Bernina 1008S Sewing Machine

As well as my new jeans.

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How to Shorten Jeans Step by Step DIY

I tried them on a few times to figure out exactly where I wanted them to end. Then I made sure that both legs were folded up by the same amount and gave them a good press to make the fold.

Just look at how much too long these jeans are for me!! Seriously I know I'm short but I didn't think I was THAT short. I do normally buy the short leg jeans but this standard pair were on offer, money's tight at the moment and I'm in dire need to new jeans. There's only so much visible mending one pair can take before they look scray.


How to Shorten Jeans Step by Step DIY

So I took the plunge and trimmed off the excess fabric - eekkk!!


How to Shorten Jeans Step by Step DIY

I could have finished the edges with my overlocker but frankly I couldn't be bothered changing the thread for this tiny little project so I folded the raw edge in on itself.


How to Shorten Jeans Step by Step DIY

Then I sewed a super simple hem. I did look at fancy "keep the original hem" instructions but my jeans originally had a simple hem so it was much easier and quicker to just replace it - keep it simple!!


How to Shorten Jeans Step by Step DIY

And here we are. I'm thinking that it's not even noticeable that they're been altered at all. Perhaps my stitch length is a little smaller then the original.

I'm so glad to be avoiding fast fashion, I'm a bit nervous of making my own jeans hence this bought pair but other than bras I think I'm approaching a fully handmade wardrobe. I'll tackle bras later like in a few years maybe when both kids are in school so they won't hear me swearing!!

I hope I've inspired you to have a go at altering your own clothes and making the most of what you've got.

Bridie @ Simply Crafting


Supplies I Used:

Schmetz Machine Needles - Jeans Size 80 Moon Thread 1000y x 10 Pack Tailors Scissors 25cm Embroidery Scissors Magnetic Pin Cushion Tape Measure Bernina 1008S Sewing Machine

As well as my new jeans.

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How to Shorten Jeans Step by Step DIY

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Comments
01/08/2020 14:18
Excellent! I used to buy not-quite-right-fitting clothes with the intention of altering them, but I never could pull myself away from sewing quilts and bags to follow through with my plan. You make it seem so easy, though. And I agree, a sewing simple hem seems smarter than reusing the original hemline. Well done!
03/08/2020 23:04
I always have to shorten my jeans and it is always very daunting.  Well done!  They look fabulous.

-Soma @ whimsandfancies.com