For the past couple years my favorite jeans had been a pair I found on a Kohl's clearance rack for $8.
Recently, I had to retire them. (You can only go so long with fraying patches in the inner thigh threatening to burst open!)
However, I wasn't too torn up about it.
Earlier I'd splurged and bought some beautiful stretch twill denim online (thanks, Girl Charlee!) with which I was determined to make into my first-ever pair of handmade skinny jeans.
Have you noticed? Floral fabric turns me into the heart eyes emoji.
With my beloved jeans rendered unwearable, I had no problem dissecting them to use as a pattern.
You could do the same when your favorite jeans get too holey. Or buy a well fitting pair from Goodwill for a few dollars.
The process is pretty simple:
- Cut up a pair of jeans along the seam lines
- You'll probably have the pant legs, back piece, belt, zipper, and pockets
- Use the pieces to trace a pattern onto paper, or cut directly from your new fabric
- When working with stretch fabric, make sure the stretch is going across the pants (side to side, not up and down)
- Be sure to add seam allowances and extra length for the hem!
- After cutting your pattern pieces from fabric, sew them together into a new pair of jeans
- Sew pockets onto the pant legs before sewing the leg pieces together
It might take a little thinking, but pay attention as you take apart the jeans to how the pieces work together. You learn a lot about clothing construction when you pick things apart!
The pockets were probably my favorite detail! So darn cute!
For my jeans I actually didn't put in the zipper; my fabric had so much stretch it didn't need it. (That's also why I didn't add seam allowances either.)
I love the floral pattern so much! I actually had to make this black peplum top to go with it - the pants are so bold!
There are plenty of other ways to use your old jeans as a pattern! Add more seam allowance for roomy pajamas, subtract allowance for leggings, make shorts...
I can't wait to make more things from my new pattern. I've already got more denim in my stash waiting to be sewn!