Tuesday, March 16, 2010

In My Jeans

In My Jeans

In My Jeans

Works Cited
jeans: 7 brand from ireland, skinnied by me (and my mother)
white tee: hanes
blue sweater: uo
belt: j crew
leopard print flats: target
headband: anthro (gift)

I don't often wear jeans on this blog because half the time I end up hating how they photograph on my body, even though in real life, they are my go-to weekend wear. Recently, I've been wanting a pair of super-skinny, cropped jeans for spring. These are jeans I've had since I studied abroad in Ireland and until last weekend, they were super flared and a smidge too long. Enter my new sewing machine!

Directions for making old flared jeans skinny and cropped:
1. Put jeans on inside out, add some pins where you want to skinny the leg
2. Shove jeans into sewing machine and sew down a skinny leg
3. Break your sewing machine needle which is not set for denim
4. Cut off excess fabric
5. Realize newly-skinnied jeans are far too long.
6. Botch attempt at hemming so that one leg is longer than the other, and the other leg's seams no longer match up.
7. Cry in frustration.
8. Hand jeans to mother, who fixes them beautifully.

See? It's easy!

41 comments:

Ana - Toil and Trouble said...

LOL! Love the outfit, those jeans look great, and the leopard flats keep the outfit from being "just jeans".

Your sewing story is exactly why I still haven't had the guts to try altering my own clothes...

Kristin said...

Ha! What a clear, concise protocol!

I love the headband on you, it's very retro-chic :o)

spoozyliciouzz said...

Hillarious :)

Praise your mother, she has done a great job on that pair. The only thing that leaves space for improvement is the belt...it kind of does not match the rest of your outfit. Great shoes, too!

Kate said...

Step 8 tends to fix most of my sewing (and life) mishaps.

LOVE that headband, by the way! :-)

Sabrina said...

I have been kicking my self for not listening to my mother all those years when she wanted to teach me how to sew. I still don't know how, but really want to know.

yea for mom!!! I love the skinnes on you.

Becky said...

Great alteration! I'm wearing your flats today...love the touch of leopard print!

Sal said...

I'm pretty sure that's EXACTLY how it'd go for me if I tried to skinny jeans on my own. The results are fabulous, though!

Chelsea said...

hahahaha, I was not expecting that outcome. mom to the rescue! the skinnified jeans look fabulous... and that sweater is gorgeous!

Emily Kennedy said...

Ha ha ha! That's great! I plan on hemming a pair of jeans into capris this summer. Thanks for the reminder to get a proper needle!

Jen said...

hahaha some how mothers always seem to know how to fix everything. so many of my sewing jobs end up in my mom's hands :P
love how these turned out though! you look great in jeans :D

Kelly said...

That headband is too cute!! Also, thank goodness for mothers ;-)

Oranges And Apples said...

well done your mum! looks great!

Lori said...

That sounds like the way most of my sewing trials turn out. Great idea though. I think I might give it a try :)
Jus saw the headband. I like

Amy said...

Haha now I remember why I give everything to my mother to fix... I would have had the EXACT same thing happen to me too. :)

You look adorable!! I LOVE that headband and those jeans came out wonderful. OOh great flats too!! (OK, so I love everything about this outfit)

xoxo
Amy

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futurelint said...

Heehe! Your instructions are cute! I love the leopard flats and what a cute head, um, thing?

Elaine said...

That's awesome!! I've tried it once and it was so hard for me to get the leg openings the same. And I could still tell after weeks of wearing them that they were different and it bugged me! I know - I'm weird.. lol

I love the kint headband!

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Shop T.O. Live said...

The results look great (too bad about the tears it caused you). But yes, mothers are lovely! They always know how to do stuff!

And the headband is amazing!

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Diana said...

Your jeans look lovely! I tend to alter mine too; I never really like how flares look.

enSTYLEpedia said...

lucky for me I do have those flats (I'm still dreaming of the purple ones).
I totally want some skinny cropped jeans too- super cute.

Fashion Therapist said...

These jeans look fantastic on you. I'm not brave enough to attempt doing that on a sewing machine, but you did a great job!

chaoskontrolowany said...

Perfect shoes and cardigan!;))

The Waves said...

Those are some intense make-your-own-cropped-jeans steps! :) I love your headband, it totally makes the outfit!

Charmalade said...

I'm fairly sure that I would fail at this endeavor, but my mom might fail harder! Oh no wait, I think it would be the other way around...

Modcloth also did a DIY of how to turn regular jeans into skinny ones in a video tutorial, if anyone's interested. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sT21Za3qMc Also, your headband is super cute!

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Monique said...

Cute outfit. I love the style of the sweater.

A-C said...

I love your directions. I'm in the process of figuring out my sewing machine too. But don't have my mom to fix stuff for me if I fail miserably. :/

I really like how simple yet interesting this look is. The waves in the cardigan are beautiful.

On a side note--If you're a big fan of headbands, check out my giveaway: http://lawschoolfashionista.blogspot.com/2010/03/grand-opening.html

Sidewalk Chalk said...

Haha, your directions made me laugh. What a sweet mother you have though! :)

I really like the combination of blues and neutrals in this outfit!

myedit said...

Thank-you Mama! I'm tempted to show my dear Mama a pic of your headband to see what she can do...

Law Girl said...

Love the flats!

Larysse Tavares said...

Dear, you look gorgeous in your jeans! I love this go-to weekend wear outfit :)

You don't know how much I love wearing jeans with cardigans and sweaters. I just stopped these last weeks because now I gotta wear uniform =/ I also loved your headband. It is perfect!

Have a great time this week!

=)

Kayla said...

My mom always finishes jeans I "revamped" on my own. That's what moms are for!

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Kim said...

Great look! :D Fun read!! :D

chai am woman said...

i really like this a lot! i am loving all the knit headbands i've been seeing and you pull it off so well. and don't worry - i probably would've done the skinnying MUCH worse. i'm good with little sewy projects but touching my clothes scares the bejeezus outta me.

Ebony said...

YOU LOOK AMAZING!
I love the knit headband and the splash of animal in the shoes. And the belt.. this is such a lovely outfit.
Yay for mums who can come to the rescue!

E said...

Genius! I wish I was crafty and creative like you! I also noticed your lovely headband - love it!

Clare said...

Ha! I love your jeans-altering tutorial. :)

And that headband is SO amazing. It looks great on you!

megara said...

love it! i always hand things over to my mother to fix! they look great. you are definitely inspiring - i think we have the same chambray shirt from old navy (i saw it once on your blog) and i have it too and wore it today! help me figure out ways to wear it!

it's harder than i thought! :)
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bonjouritsjinah said...

Your sewing steps sound like my sewing steps sometimes. I get so impatient and skip all the processes I know I'm supposed to do to make things the proper way..haha.

I love your crocheted headband, and I think the jeans alteration turned out awesome.

Lisa said...

You look great today! You've got the super-cool slouchy-but-together look going (which I secretly love but can't pull off at all). I love the shawl cardi, the headband and your "new" jeans.

mustardandsage said...

Moms are the best, aren't they? I love that sweater/cardigan so so much, was it a recent UO purchase? Not that I'll need a sweater until next year... it was 70 degrees here today!

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The Hue Smiles said...

Great outfit and lovely blog!
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