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How to Make Your Own Skinny Jeans or Cigarette Pants

Skinny jeans and cigarette trousers do not always fit as snug as they should when they are made from stiff woven fabric, such as standard denim. If you use stiff fabric, you have to leave enough "ease" to allow you to move and to slide the trousers over your feet. You can, however, make your own skinny jeans or cigarette trousers that fit tight against your legs by using stretch denim or knit fabric. Stretch fabric provides the needed "ease" without sacrificing snug, shaped leggings.

Preshrink the fabric by running it through the washing machine on the warm setting and the dryer set on medium heat.

Pin the skinny jeans or cigarette trousers pattern to the stretch denim or knit fabric.

Cut out the fabric for the trousers by following the pattern markings labelled for your size.

Pin the fabric skinny jeans or cigarette trousers pieces together according to the pattern directions. Sew the pinned seams together on the over-lock sewing machine. Also, if the trousers have a zipper and button or elastic, add those sewing notions according to the pattern directions. Remove the pins.

Try on the skinny jeans or cigarette trousers and mark the desired length on both legs with a pin at each side, one in the centre front, and one in the center back.

Cut the excess fabric off 1 and 1/4 inch below the marking pins. Turn the fabric under 1/2 inch, then make a second fold at 3/4 inch.

Sew around the hem using the zigzag sewing machine set to make a short, narrow zigzag stitch.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 yards stretch denim or knit fabric
  • Washing machine
  • Dryer
  • Ballpoint straight pins
  • Skinny jeans or cigarette trousers pattern
  • Scissors
  • Over-lock sewing machine
  • Elastic, or zipper and button according to pattern envelope
  • Zigzag sewing machine
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Laure Justice is a professional copywriter, since 2008. Justice has a broad-based business education, holding an AA in business administration and a Bachelor of Arts in management, plus certifications in accounting and international trade. She has written for GMC, Bounty Paper Towels, Purina's Petcentric, Colgate, Type F, Kudzu, eHow and many others.