Many women have trouble finding jeans that fit perfectly. Let's face it, modern jeans are a distant relation to the dungarees of old, square-cut baggy trousers made for working in the mines. They were not contrived to flatter a woman's, or anyone's, shape. Designer jeans since the1970s have tried to compensate for that, but, since every woman is built differently, how are you supposed to pack yourself into a pair of jeans designed for Cindi Crawford? The solution? Custom made jeans. The concept sounds expensive, but you will be surprised to find that a pair of jeans built for you will cost less than many designer labels, and they will fit you perfectly.
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Things you need
- Computer with Internet access
- Cloth tape measure
Find a provider. There are many custom jeans manufacturers on the Internet (see Resources). Oprah has featured some of these makers, and they are present in many women’s magazines now as well. In addition to the Internet, check your local telephone book under “seamstress” and “tailor” for local providers who will be able to take measurements for you as well as make the jeans to your order.
Choose the design of your jeans. Do you want low-riding jeans, or do you prefer a high waist? Do you want boot cut, flared legs or a skinny cut? The makers will offer you a gallery of their choices.
Choose the fabric for your jeans. Do you want heavyweight or lightweight denim? Do you want it lightly stonewashed, or completely faded? Or, perhaps, you’d like a pair of chic linen jeans--the makers will offer you a wide array of choices, from the conservative to the wild.
Have your measurements taken. Measurements are the most important aspect of getting custom-made jeans. You must have them taken accurately. It is of utmost importance that you do not try to do this yourself--you cannot take them accurately. You need to be standing upright and looking forward while your assistant takes the measurements. The custom jeans makers online will have very specific measurement instructions posted. You should follow their instructions closely. They are written to be clear and easy to follow, and the more accurately you provide the information that they request, the better your custom made jeans will be.
Tips and warnings
- Give your measurements accurately to the jeans maker, and then tell them how you want the jeans to fit; tight, baggy or comfortable. In any case, do not fudge on the actual measurements, as that will throw the whole proportion off, and you will not be happy with your jeans. They are the experts, and they will know how to make the jeans the way you want them.
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