From Flared to Skinny: An Easy-Peasy Jeans ReFashion

Beige, But Not Blah Dress
From 3 to 1

I simply could not believe my luck when I found these jeans in exactly my size at the $1-a-pound Goodwill Clearance Center!

Not to shabs!
Not too shabs…buuuut…

There was just one problem, I don’t want a pair of flared jeans, whereas I really could use a pair of skinny jeans. The one pair I had was on its last legs (har har), and was never made of a good quality denim to begin with.

This pair I scored for about $1, however was made of a nice, thick denim with exactly the wash I had been wanting.

It didn’t take me very long before I figured out what I needed to do here.

I turned the flares inside out, then laid my skinny jeans over them, like so:

See where I'm going with this?
See where I’m going with this?

Next, I pinned along the edge of the skinny jeans.

So easy!
So easy!

Then, I stitched the pinned line down.

Whirrrr!
Whirrrr!

Denim is fairly fray-cray, so I serged the edge down as well. If you don’t have a serger, a zigzag stitch and some fray-check will work just fine.

Serrrrrrrge!
Serrrrrrrge!

Because I’m on the short side, I also needed to give my sweet new jeans two sweet new hems. To do this, I pinned them where I wanted them to fall, and then pressed the pinned part under.

Like this!
Like this!

Then, I folded the top bit under and pinned it, like this:

See?
See?

After following this same step with the other leg, under the needle they went!

Last step!
Last step!

I pressed the new hems, as well as my new side seams.

And now I have a pair of jeans that fits better than any I’ve ever had!

I'm in love!
I’m in love!

I paired them with a fabulous drapey $1 thrifted tee I scored that week and a vintage necklace I’ve had forever.

And check out the fabulous back pockets!

Aren't they the best?
Aren’t they the best?

My new jeans got tons of compliments at a pie-themed dinner party with some of my favorites. :)

Hiya!
Hiya!
David pontificates. I am highly amused.
David pontificates. I am highly amused.
My contribution for the evening: a tomato pie!
My contribution for the evening: a tomato pie!
Coming this fall to NBC!
Coming this fall to NBC!

Jeans are pricey (unless you score them for $1 a pound!), so why not look at your current stash and see if you have any old flares you don’t wear anymore that could use an upcycle, rather than going out and buying a new pair?

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Cheers!

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