How to make normal jeans into skinny jeans

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How to make normal jeans into skinny jeans
Alter a pair of jeans to make them skinny. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Skinny jeans are an expensive, yet fashionable addition to any wardrobe. Skinny jeans are form-fitting jeans that have a snug or tight fit all the way down the leg, with narrow leg openings for the feet. They can narrow your silhouette, giving you a slimmer, taller appearance. You can avoid the high cost of skinny jeans by altering a pair of baggy or loose fitting jeans you have in your wardrobe.

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Things you need

  • Loose pair of jeans
  • 20 to 30 safety pins
  • 20 to 30 sewing pins
  • Sewing machine or sewing needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Pull your loose jeans inside-out and wear them. You will sew them on the inside to hide the stitching. Sit down on the floor while wearing your jeans inside-out. Spread your legs apart. Pull the loose fabric on the inside of your leg away from your leg.

  2. 2

    Pin the fabric of the jeans with safety pins beginning from the crotch and running down to the ankles. You will need 20 to 30 safety pins depending on your height. The line of pins should taper towards the ankles by at least 3.7 cm (1 1/2 inches) to allow enough room for you to get your feet through the leg holes.

  3. 3

    Remove your jeans and replace the safety pins with the same number of sewing pins. Replace the pins one at a time to avoid losing your place.

  4. 4

    Sew inside the lines of pins using thread and a sewing needle or a sewing machine. Make sure that you sew the lines very tightly. Double-sew the seams to make sure they don't come undone from use.

  5. 5

    Put on the trousers to make sure they have the desired fit, and that there is not a problem with the sewing. If the sewing and fit are fine, take off the trousers. Take a pair of scissors and cut off the excess denim in the seams you have just sewn together.

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